Competencies for junior specialist (introductory level) and for a senior specialist (expert level):

  • Identify clusters of HAIs (or other unusual events) through contacts with clinical units and laboratories, through alerts or through systematic analysis of microbiological laboratory testing
  • Manage an outbreak of infections at healthcare organisation or community level
  • Carry out descriptive and analytic investigations of the outbreak
  • Select appropriate methods of molecular typing and interpret microbiological results in close collaboration with clinical/reference microbiology laboratories
  • Formulate and implement a suitable strategy for identifying and communicating internally and externally with concerned actors, including those in primary, hospital and long-term care
  • Interpret findings and report them to relevant people by using appropriate means and seek the relevant internal and external personnel advice, including advice from the public health sector
  • Use lessons learned from outbreak investigations to inform quality improvement measures