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The Infection Prevention and Control Specialist (IPAC Specialist) is responsible for leading and managing the implementation, maintenance, surveillance and evaluation of infection prevention and control practices and education to minimize the risk of infectious diseases and outbreaks within their designated portfolio of Long Term Care home(s). S/he work closely with the regional and national IPAC Lead to build a high-compliance and accountability culture.
Build a culture of compliance and adherence to IPAC standards & requirements set under the legislation and Revera’s IPAC Policies and Procedures
Ensure that Health & Safety risks to employees, residents and the general public are minimized or eliminated
Promote a culture of improvement and support the Home in monitoring and improving infection and prevention control practices and standards
Cultivate relationships with staff, residents and families, internal and external stakeholders
Infection and Outbreak Prevention & Management
To participate in the development, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the Home’s IPAC Program;
To identify and report infections and/or outbreaks and follow guidelines for reporting communicable diseases to the appropriate government/health authority agencies;
To monitor, investigate and follow-up infections and outbreaks and identify areas of improvement;
To work in collaboration with the Director of Care/Director Health & Wellness, complete online outbreak reports where appropriate;
Surveillance & Monitoring
To implement Revera’s IPAC policies and procedures;
To participate in quality initiatives, perform and/or coordinate audits on a regular basis to ensure adherence to IPAC standards and recommend improvements;
To prepare an action plan for gaps identified through surveillance / audit activities;
To review monthly and quarterly data collection and analysis of performance indicators and provide reports to appropriate stakeholders;
To ensure surveillance is completed, using the IPAC app, by the nurse/designate on the shift of symptom onset, appropriate interventions implemented;
To develop and maintain a relationship with the local Public Health/Communicable Disease Department, laboratory representative and IPAC leads at the regional and national level;
To lead the IPAC team and participate in Joint Health & Safety Committee Meetings at the Home and promote sustainability of the program;
To attend the regional Quality Team meetings and report the status of the Home’s IPC Program:
Current infection prevention and control data
Support safe visitor practices
Current /regulatory trends related to infection prevention and control
Education and training completed and/or needed
To identify and conduct risk assessment and safety inspections where required as per safe work procedures and standards
To coordinate and provide ongoing education to staff on the principles and practices of infection prevention and control and new emerging infectious diseases and organisms;
To monitor and support audit of key IPAC practices; present data to staff, management and the Health and Safety Committee; facilitate corrective action as needed, including direct coaching and management of staff related to compliance gaps;
To provide education to Residents, volunteers and visitors related to infection control principles;
To attend external infection control meetings when possible and maintains awareness of current infection prevention and control standards and practices as applicable;
To support the IPAC app utilization and its workflow through continuous education and training to staff;
To manage and direct staff on the principles and practices of infection prevention and control and new emerging infectious diseases and organisms;
To support the Executive Director and or Regional team in conducting employee investigations, recruitment and performance management as required;
To act as a member of the broader site management team and provide on-call support during evenings and/or weekends;
To uphold and promote the organization’s values and philosophy relating particularly to ethics, morality, and integrity as set out in Revera’s Code of Conduct;
Required Education, Credentials and Experience:
- To complete all other duties as assigned.
Post-secondary degree in either nursing, microbiology, medical technology and epidemiology;
Minimum of five (5) years of related experience in a healthcare setting such LTC or acute care preferred;
Current certification in Infection Control (CIC) or must obtain Infection Control certification within 3 years of assuming the position and maintain certification;
Completion, or current enrollment in an approved IPAC Canada sponsored and endorsed Infection Control Course;
Demonstrates strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills;
Able to travel as required;
Fluency in English;
Current CPR certification;
Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office applications);
Revera Core Competencies:
Takes ownership and holds self and others accountable to deliver high quality, timely and cost effective results.
Understands financial and operational aspects and implications that are essential to achieve superior business results.
Coaching & Developing Talent:
Building capability of self, individuals and teams by engaging in feedback, coaching, learning and development. Building capability of self, individuals and teams by engaging in feedback, coaching, learning and development.
Keeping the customer in mind to deliver the highest possible quality of care, service and choices.
Optimizes available resources and pursues implementation to consistently achieve exceptional outcomes.
Identifies, develops and implements new and innovative solutions to enhance opportunity, efficiency and quality.
Teamwork and Collaboration:
Inspires and fosters a team environment and works collaboratively to achieve business goals and objectives.
Revera is committed to ensuring that all employment practices are inclusive. As an organization we are committed to providing and arranging accommodation for candidates upon request. Please Note: If you are a current employee of Revera and have Employee Self Service (ESS) on Workday, please apply to this job via the Workday application.