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Senior Practice Leader, Provincial Infection Control

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
13 days ago
Senior Practice Leader, Provincial Infection Control

Prov Infection Control Network

Vancouver, BC

In accordance with the Mission, Vision, Values, and strategic direction of PHSA, safety, including both patient and employee safety, is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA. As such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Network Director, PICNet, the Senior Practice Leader, Provincial Infection Control is a leader, innovator, knowledge translator and change agent who is accountable for promoting excellence in infection prevention and control practice across the continuum of care. The scope of practice of the Senior Practice Leader (SPL) is both broad and complex, encompassing program coordination, consultation, education, dissemination of research and administration across the Health Authorities and the province. The SPL advances knowledge creation and uptake by engaging in or supporting the use of current research, quality improvement and evaluation evidence in order to provide guidance on practice and program standards and implementation. This includes critical appraisal of relevant literature, research, quality improvement and evaluation, and translation of gained knowledge into practice recommendations. The SPL is an advanced practitioner who works as an independent specialist and provides leadership to multi-disciplinary teams responsible for provincial infection prevention and control, healthcare associated infections, surveillance and investigation, and urgent and emergent health issues. The role leads the development of infection control policies and procedure, provides consultation, creates, implements, and evaluates education programs and training.

What you'll do
  • Acts as a resource and consultant for planning in the area of infection prevention and control at the program, organizational, provincial, national and international levels.
  • Leads and participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of provincial guidelines and standards of practices for infection prevention and control across the continuum of care, including urgent and emergent health issues in collaboration with the PICNet Leadership, other members of the team and vested partners.
  • Facilitation of provincial, organizational and program priorities and goal setting, coordinated and collaborative planning and implementation with team members, and partners.
  • Develops and promotes evidenced-based practice guidelines by reviewing and critically appraising current literature, research, quality improvement and evaluation findings, and sharing this knowledge as it relates to infection prevention and control.
  • Establishes opportunities to support staff in implementing evidence-based practice.
  • Conducts applied research.
  • Promotes and advances best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
  • Provides leadership and expert clinical consultation to infection prevention and control, public health, and workplace health and safety practitioners in BC.
  • Leads and supports knowledge translation and communication of best practices, promoting provincial standardization and successful programming for infection prevention and control.
  • Leads and supports the provincial development, implementation and evaluation of new and expanded infection prevention and control initiatives and programs (i.e., guidelines, projects, action plans, etc.) aimed at preventing and/or controlling healthcare associated infections and promotes innovative practices.
  • Builds effective relationships with internal and external vested partners and facilitates provincial collaboration. and consensus. This includes collaboration with Health Authorities, Ministry of Health, Indigenous Health, infection prevention and control, public health, workplace health and safety, patient and family representatives,
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates appropriate educational programs based on ongoing needs assessment, in collaboration with education and practice coordinators and other professional staff.
  • Provides leadership and expert advice on staffing and care delivery approaches through interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
  • Supervises and mentors designated staff by prioritizing and assigning work, assists with orientation of other professional and administrative staff in the department, reviews performance of assigned staff in accordance with labour relations regulations and organizational policy analyzes staffing mix requirements and provides input on personnel matters: including hiring, termination, coaching and development of staff and handling of discipline issues.
  • Pursues relationships with academic programs in university settings, with professional associations and with other organizations involved in infection prevention and control programs and delivery.
  • Represents PICNet on external committees and with external bodies, including the Ministry of Health, as required.
  • Scans the environment and the literature to identify emerging practice trends and challenges and implements strategies to address challenges. Leads and manages complex and innovative projects and initiatives and engages all disciplines to find solutions.
  • Retains relevant clinical expertise in infection prevention and control.
  • For assigned initiatives/projects based on the PICNet work plan, establishes a detailed plan including objectives, activities, timelines, and deliverables to support the implementation. Includes monitoring and quarterly reporting on the status of the project, including any issues and obstacles.
  • In collaboration with designed senior leaders, works to ensure that departmental projects and initiatives are coordinated so that work is balanced across both team members and, where applicable, PICNet vested partners and community of practice.

What you bring

  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master's Degree in Nursing, or related field and a minimum of five (5) years recent related clinical experience in Infection prevention and control in progressively senior leadership positions or advanced practice roles including experience in utilizing evidence to draft guidelines and standards of practice and management/supervisory experience in a health care or public administration environment.
  • CIC and/or certificate in Infection Control required.
  • Registration with applicable college of health care profession.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to critically appraise literature and evidence and use scientific writing in the development of guidelines and reports.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of an interdisciplinary care team.
  • Ability to lead and guide staff in the development of education and practice resources and effectively communicates on progress and issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership through strong interpersonal skills, coaching and development of staff, dissemination of research and mentoring, and modelling key behaviours.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills within a complex challenging environment and across the health care system.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $102,938 - $147,974 /year. The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate's relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.
1001 W Broadway #504, Vancouver, BC V6H 4E4
Closing date:
Applications accepted until position is filled
Hours of Work:
0800-1600 (Monday to Friday)
Requisition #

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments' unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey-one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

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