Competencies for a junior specialist – introductory level:

  • Advocate the importance of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) as a crucial element of patient safety and highlight their potential human, economic and reputational burden to the decision-makers of the healthcare organisation
  • Contribute to the development of the infection control programme
  • Contribute in involving identified stakeholders in the infection control programme
  • Identify needs for the protection of healthcare workers in their respective healthcare organisations
  • Take a lead role as appropriate for the healthcare organisation to formulate, propose and liaise with other key players to produce appropriate indicators in relation to the control of healthcare-associated infections, taking into account the official policy on internal transfer of information and public health disclosure of information
  • Foster and promote team work in infection control
  • Lead the team to ensure that it has shared vision and works cohesively

Competencies for a senior specialist – expert level

  • Advocate the importance of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) as a crucial element of patient safety and highlight their potential human, economic and reputational burden to the decision-makers of the healthcare organisation
  • Prepare and present an outline of an infection control programme focusing on key elements: mission statement, description of objectives and indicators, presentation of action plan, including outcomes, success measures, rules for the functioning of the infection control committee, operating manual, links to other patient safety and healthcare organisation programmes
  • Identify and communicate the requirements of an infection control programme to relevant internal and external stakeholders (including patient advocates) and develop strategies for involving them in the infection control programme
  • Establish priorities for infection control according to the characteristics of an individual healthcare organisation, including the safety of healthcare workers internal transfer of information and public disclosure of information, respecting ethical standards for patient protection
  • Take a lead role as appropriate for the healthcare organisation to formulate, propose and liaise with other key players to produce appropriate indicators in relation to the control of healthcare-associated infections, taking into account the official policy on internal transfer of information and public health disclosure of information
  • Foster and promote team work in infection control
  • Lead the team to ensure that it has shared vision and works cohesively