Competencies for a junior specialist – introductory level

  • Contribute to the management of an infection control programme or other programmes on adverse events (from conception to impact evaluation, including budgeting) according to EU, national or local regulations and healthcare organisation policies
  • Participate in the formulation of an organisational structure for controlling HAIs
  • Collate data regarding the infrastructure in the healthcare organisation in order to review and recommend appropriate resources for HAI control
  • Be able to manage system changes related to infection control issues based on knowledge of the healthcare organisation
  • Be able to manage individual and organisational changes utilising knowledge of the behavioural sciences Identify financial resources with cost– benefit analyses of infection control activities and learn negotiation skills
  • Attend infection control committee meetings and contribute to the agenda and agreed actions, and keep minutes of infection control committee meetings
  • Contribute to the regular review of policies/procedures for HAI prevention and control
  • Support ways to improve team work: provide tools for the sharing of responsibilities, the exchange of information, and the planning of tasks
  • Participate in providing specialist expertise related to infection control on healthcare organisation policies and know where to access this expertise if it is not available locally
  • Disseminate information regarding legislation, regulations and official recommendations for infection control
  • Inform healthcare workers (HCWs) about new threats: epidemics, new agents, etc.
  • Communicate with, and provide support to, the healthcare organisation’s contractors and service providers (construction, renovation, maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, etc.)
  • Appropriately report infection control findings to the infection control committee, the healthcare organisation’s management, clinical departments, units and involved professionals
  • Improve communication between different levels of care (primary, hospital, long term)
  • Promote collaborative partnerships between professionals
  • Contribute appropriately to external communications on infection control, including communications with public health authorities as and when required
  • Communicate with the media if agreed locally
  • Contribute to the review and evaluation of an infection control programme

 

Competencies for a senior specialist – expert level

  • Manage an infection control programme or other programmes on adverse events (from conception to impact evaluation, including budgeting) according to EU, national or local regulations and healthcare organisation policies
  • Play a key role in formulating an organisational structure for controlling HAIs and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the healthcare organisation – while interacting with others as appropriate
  • Review, assess, provide and recommend appropriate resources for infection control in the healthcare organisation: scientific and technical expertise, facilities for infection control, information systems, continuing education, use of link professionals12, allocated budget
  • Be able to manage system changes related to infection control issues based on knowledge of the health organization
  • Be able to manage individual and organisational changes utilising knowledge of the behavioral sciences
  • Identify and negotiate financial resources with cost–benefit analyses of infection control activities
  • Organise and support the meetings of an infection control committee and technical working groups
  • Organise and lead regular reviews of policies/procedures in collaboration with multidisciplinary experts
  • Support ways to improve team work: provide tools for the sharing of responsibilities, the exchange of information, and the planning of tasks
  • Provide specialist expertise related to infection control on healthcare organisation policies
  • Formulate and facilitate a suitable strategy for internal communications on infection control with key stakeholders
  • Disseminate information regarding legislation, regulations and official recommendations for infection control
  • Inform healthcare workers (HCWs) about new threats: epidemics, new agents, etc.
  • Communicate with, and provide support to, the healthcare organisation’s contractors and service providers (construction, renovation, maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, etc.)
  • Appropriately report infection control findings to the infection control committee, the healthcare organisation’s management, clinical departments, units and involved professionals
  • Improve communication between different levels of care (primary, hospital, long term)
  • Promote collaborative partnerships between professionals
  • Contribute appropriately to external communications on infection control, including communications with public health authorities as and when required
  • Communicate with the media if agreed locally
  • Review and evaluate infection control programmes regularly, according to updated legislation, recommendations and latest feedback (audits, surveillance results, etc.)