Infection Control Practitioner

Hospital Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Vacancies
1
Organizational Department
Sinai Health System -> Mount Sinai Hospital -> Microbiology, Infection Control
Employee Group
Non Union
Location
Mount Sinai Hospital Campus - Toronto, ON M5G 1X5 CA (Primary)
Travel Requirement
No travel required
Hours (subject to change)
37.5 hours per week; due to the nature of this position applicants must be flexible to work additional and varied hours may as required.
Salary Scale
To Be Determined
Job Description

In 2015, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Circle of Care, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital, came together to form Sinai Health System – and leverage our collective expertise and create a system that better responds to the changing needs of our patients, families and clients. Sinai Health has a bold vision and strategy for the future: To create Canada’s leading health system pushing the boundaries to realize the best health and care for complex patients.

A key enabler of this vision is Sinai Health’s People Plan – which provides an explicit commitment to our people about our commitment to creating a workplace culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to ultimately provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers.

To support us on our journey, Sinai Health System is looking for a Infection Control Practitioner to support our Infection Control department at our Mount Sinai Hospital.

As a member of the Infection Prevention and Control team, the Infection Control Practitioner is part of a strong team of professionals who work with patient care and hospital support programs to supervise the development, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention and control practice for these programs. This includes surveillance activities, outbreak management, acting as a consultant internally and externally, providing education to all levels of health care providers, reviewing, selecting and distributing appropriate scientific literature, linking with external agencies and academic institutions across the continuum of care, supervising the implementation and evaluation of quality improvement projects, and participating in research activities. The role also includes providing infection prevention and control recommendations for design and construction projects and product evaluation, performing risk assessments for incidents involving infection risk, and supervising student rotations in infection prevention and control.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provides advanced infection prevention and control expertise, advice and support to patient care programs and hospital support departments  
  • Assures compliance with legislative and accreditation standards
  • Works with patient care and hospital support programs to supervise the development and evaluation of infection prevention and control practice
  • Provides expert consultation to all levels of hospital staff and programs related to individual and system questions and issues related to IPAC
  • As needed, provides individual consultation for hospital staff, patients and families related to complex infection prevention questions
  • Reviews new literature and best practice guidelines, assesses impact of recommendations on hospital programs and develops action plans for implementation across all departments in the hospital
  • Evaluates and revises hospital policies and develops new hospital policies as needed Investigates patient complaints related to IPAC and works with departments to implement action plans in response
  • Supports Occupational Health Wellness and Safety in communicable disease management and provides expert advice regarding vaccination programs
  • Evaluates new products and equipment for their infection risks and works with users to develop solutions for implementation
  • Develops and supervises the implementation of appropriate preventative measures to protect patients and staff during construction and renovation activities
  • Reviews, selects and distributes appropriate new scientific literature to stakeholders
  • Provides on-going risk assessment of existing and emerging infection prevention and control risks to the hospital
  • Using specialized knowledge, conducts infection control risk assessments to guide risk analysis and develop solutions for existing and emerging issues
  • Remains current with evolving infectious diseases threats and changing recommendations for management, and ensures that the hospital response is coordinated and appropriate
  • Participates in research protocols that will improve the hospitals ability to protect patients and staff from infections
  • Supervises the development, implementation and evaluation of surveillance and quality improvement programs to reduce the risk of patient and staff infection 
  • Implements and conducts patient surveillance activities by adapting established criteria, best practices and evidence based research to best meet hospital needs
  • Leads quality improvement teams aimed at ensuring best practices in infection prevention are implemented and proactive strategies are followed to identify, prevent and control hospital-acquired infections
  • Performs epidemiological analysis of outbreak and surveillance data
  • Secures cooperation of multiple departments for the development of solutions to infection control problems and for adoption of improved preventive practice
  • Creates strategies for, and supervises the implementation of programs to prevent and optimally manage outbreaks
  • Leads the investigation of exposure incidents and clusters of infection Provides risk assessment for incidents involving patient and staff risk
  • Chairs outbreak management meetings
  • Provides updated evidence to patient care programs on the prevention and management of outbreaks
  • Coordinates outbreak de-briefing sessions, and working groups to reduce the risk of specific outbreaks in patient care areas (e.g. influenza, CPE)
  • Develops and manages relationships with external partners and agencies related to infection prevention, patient flow and outbreak management
  • Liaises with Toronto Public Health, Public Health Ontario Laboratories and Public Health Ontario in the management of communicable diseases
  • Represents the hospital and department in consultation/discussion with hospital, community and government agencies and organizations
  • Participates in relevant professional associations  
  • Works with partners (e.g. other healthcare organizations, industry, regulatory agencies) to improve regulations, expert recommendations, equipment design, and practice related to infection prevention
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the infection prevention and control education program
  • Provides orientation and on-going education to all hospital staff, volunteers and contractors
  • Assesses educational needs, modifies existing programs and develops new programs based on results of needs assessment
  • Leads the development and implementation of education programs for patients and families
Job Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant health science discipline required from a recognized educational institution; Master’s in epidemiology, quality and patient safety or related area preferred
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in infection prevention and control in an acute care setting
  • Applicants with proven equivalent recent and related training and experience may also be considered.
  • Current registration with relevant professional college required
  • Current registration with the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC)
  • Active membership in local and national infection prevention and control associations
  • Experience with medical microbiology and patient safety
  • Knowledgeable in infection control practices, microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology and statistical analysis
  • Motivated self-starter with initiative and strong project management, organizational, problem-solving and coaching skills
  • Proven leadership, team building and collaborative communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability in settings of outbreaks or new risks to identify and access most appropriate expert resources and mobilize interdisciplinary response
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals and teams to integrate knowledge into clinical practice
  • Possesses knowledge of and is able to utilize educational principles in program development and teaching
  • Demonstrates the ability to articulate infection control problems and solutions to all levels of the organization, and to external agencies and stakeholders
  • Experienced in evaluative research and/or adult education
  • Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history
Open Date
11/20/2018
Posting Deadline
12/4/2018

All applications must be submitted  by no later than 4:00 p.m. of the posting deadline date.

Sinai Health is committed to fostering a culture and environment that is safe, caring, equitable, compassionate and accountable in order to provide optimal care to patients and their family caregivers. As such, all employees will follow safe work practices and comply with the roles and responsibilities that are outlined with respect to health and safety policies, procedures and training. In accordance with Sinai Health policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Sinai Health is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at any Sinai Health site.   We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by Sinai Health’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please call the Accommodation Phone Line at 416-586-4800 ext. 7050 or email HiringProcessAccommodation.msh@sinaihealthsystem.ca

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