Manager, Infection Prevention and Control

Work Area: 
Supports all PHC sites
Base Site: 
Hornby Street
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Management/Non Union
Acute Care Hospital


Reporting to the Director, Risk Management & IPAC, the Manager, Infection Prevention and Control works to create a safe and just culture for the prevention and control of infectious diseases at Providence Health Care (PHC). Manages all day-to-day activities of the Infection Prevention and Control team and, in collaboration with the IPAC Director and Medical Director, provides direction and consults in the provision of best practices to prevent and/or control infections. Participates in the delivery of a range of organization-wide activities including planning, strategies, standardization, implementation and delivery of safe, economical and efficient infection prevention and control practices to support excellence in patient/client/resident care. Provides leadership in the planning and implementation of major projects, budget planning, resource planning and utilization, capital acquisition planning, standards requirements, and quality improvement initiatives to ensure the promotion of a safe environment that supports the ability to meet IPAC standards. Ensures effective management of the human, financial and material resources and supports the priorities, strategic plans, organizational initiatives, goals, policies and vision of the Infection Prevention and Control Department. Develops and implements policies and procedures in accordance with organizational, provincial and legislative requirements. Key internal and external partnerships include clinical leaders, medical leaders, medical staff, physicians, facilities management, the Ministry of Health (MOH), external suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, industry associates, government agencies, academic organizations, supply chain, information technology services, external regulatory and standards agencies, and technology vendors and manufacturers.


• Comprehensive knowledge and skill in applying principles of clinical and IPAC practice required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of, and ability to develop plans, conduct quality improvement activities and implement solutions that achieve targets. Ensure user needs are met.
• Current knowledge of health care issues and trends that impact practice generally and infection prevention and control specifically.
• Demonstrated organizational skills and financial acumen with the ability to effectively manage budget and resources to achieve organizational objectives.
• Effectively communicate and express complex IPAC concepts, both orally and in writing, at all levels of the organization including report writing and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to research, report and teach IPAC practice and skills.
• Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills to successfully coach and mentor individuals and groups and provide a working environment that supports safe and effective service delivery.
• Sound problem-solving, judgment and decision-making abilities to identify, analyze and address complex and diverse issues that could have a significant impact on patient/client care.
• Strong interpersonal and dispute-resolution skills to effectively deal with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a high functioning team.
• Demonstrated awareness of organizational systems and stakeholders and ability to critically assess policy and procedures and affect change.
• Successfully able to respond to changing priorities and to organize and prioritize own work and that of others in order to meet unforeseen circumstances.
• Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment, including computer software applications.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


Bachelor’s Degree in a related Health Profession (Master’s preferred), plus minimum of (10) years’ recent, related clinical experience in an academic unionized hospital setting, including two (2) years’ experience in a management position responsible for a unit/department, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Holds or is eligible for certification in the specialty of Infection Prevention and Control.


1. Provides direction, in collaboration with the Director, Risk Management & IPAC and Medical Director, to the Infection Prevention and Control team in the provision of best practices to prevent and/or control infections. Sets and communicates priorities, coordinates and reports on IPAC activities, and investigates and resolves operational issues involving service level concerns.
2. Develops and implements policies and procedures in accordance with organizational, provincial and legislative requirements, working with involved stakeholders to monitor infection control and prevention processes and to reduce and/or eliminate health care acquired infections using evidence based and best practices. Participates in the development and revision of policies and protocols that deal with the prevention and control of infections related to construction or renovations at PHC.
3. Works in partnership with IPAC Directors to provide consultation to Program Leaders and clinical staff in infection prevention and control best practices including sharing knowledge of new directions, developments and trends in infection prevention and control and their impact on clinical practices and transformation activities at all current and future PHC sites.
4. Supervises designated staff making determinations on resource planning and selection decisions, establishing performance expectations to ensure accountability and performance, conducting performance evaluations and resolving disciplinary matters up to and including termination.
5. Develops and implements plans for appropriate staff development and retention through the formal needs assessment and development of training plans. Develops and provides orientation for various levels of ICPs ranging from novice to expert and supports continuing professional development of employees.
6. In collaboration with the Director, develops, plans, implements and monitors the operating and capital budget for the Department including budget preparation, development of workforce plans, authorization, control and reporting of expenditures ensuring the efficient, effective and economical utilization of financial resources within the approved budget.
7. Oversees and leads the development of educational programs produced by the department such as orientation, special IPAC days, and annual education calendar for topics specific to organization-wide practice of infection prevention and control.
8. Monitors regulatory and standards organizations such as Public Health Agency, Accreditation Canada, BCCDC, PICNet, CSA and others to ensure current, relevant information is incorporated into IPAC standards.
9. Maintains up-to-date knowledge on current clinical and infection prevention and control practice trends and issues related to health care through literature reviews, contact with peers at other organizations and attendance at seminars, workshops and education programs, and makes recommendations for quality improvement for the department.
10. Oversees and supports quality improvement and research to improve practice and safer care including supporting IPAC technology innovation within PHC as well as other initiatives with external partners and academic agencies.
11. Provides leadership on quality improvement work, business cases, operational reviews, needs assessment and environmental assessments to identify opportunities and risks and to work with the Director to set annual departmental goals. Monitors and tracks department performance indicators with a view to optimizing service delivery, prepares relevant reports for the Director, and ensures resources are deployed in a safe, effective and efficient manner.
12. Attends and participates in a variety of PHC and provincial committees. Provides, receives and shares information and participates in the decision making process.
13. Performs other related duties as required.