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Practice Leader, Infection Prevention and Control - PHSA Corporate

Practice Leader, Infection Prevention and Control

PHSA Corporate

Burnaby, BC


The Practice Leader provides leadership on a provincial level to further the advancement of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practice for all core programs and in alignment with the best standards set by the World Health Organization, IPAC Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, BC Centre for Disease Control, Canadian Standards Association, PICNet, current research evidence and other appropriate agencies/organizations. The Practice Leader is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for the IPAC practitioner component of the IPAC Program (the Program) including role development, recruitment, performance enhancement, and continuous professional practice development. The Practice Leader participates in the evaluation of infection control practitioner competency at IPAC sites across PHSA, including periodic practice audits and site visits, assessment of the individual practitioner skills, annual competency assessments, and advising on continued viability of a program team’s consultative process.

The Practice Leader provides practice leadership and IPAC expertise to support efficient and effective consult process at all PHSA IPAC stakeholder program sites by performing tasks such as, advising on the practice level aspects of budget planning including baseline staffing review, core components of practitioner work in each program portfolio, establishing and monitoring quality assurance activities based from surveillance, audit data from a variety of core program components including hand hygiene, reprocessing and healthcare associated infections. Advising IPAC Leadership on issues related to practitioner productivity, stakeholder relation/interaction, intake process, practitioner competency and orientation and quality management.

What you’ll do

  • Fosters a culture, in collaboration with IPAC leaders, which recognizes and responds to practitioner practice issues through activities such as mentoring, coaching, team building and resource identification.
  • Develops and implements processes and communication to ensure IPAC Program consultations quality and safety standards are maintained across the province by performing tasks such as periodic practice audits and quality management site visits, monitoring of stakeholder remediation activities and other quality indicators, implementing orientation process for new practitioners, and following up on practice issues identified on IPAC physician site visits and other quality assurance activities, including facilitation to problem-solve and provision of practice in-services.
  • Champions the Province-wide accreditation by coordinating accreditation activities and following-up with the physicians, IPAC practitioners and PHSA site stakeholders, and providing practice support and advice to the IPAC program teams during the accreditation process.
  • Develops and implements practice standards for IPAC Program staff integrating national and provincial practice standards and quality service guidelines.
  • Recognizes and investigates IPAC practitioners and other staff recruitment/retention issues, and brings forward recommendations to resolve issues including budget ramifications.


What you bring



  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Public Health, healthcare Policy, epidemiology, education or other health-related discipline from an accredited university program.
  • Current and completed IPAC and CIC Certifications.
  • Five (5) years of specialty experience in IPAC, including two (2) years of experience with an IPAC program consisting of acute and outpatient healthcare settings. Plus two (2) years of supervisory experience or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


You will also have

  • Experience and/or training in adult education. Leadership ability to engender a team environment committed to continuous improvement based management through coaching, change management, facilitation and implementation skills. Ability to problem-solve and make decisions independently. Ability to develop courses, workshops and other professional development strategies. The ability and willingness to travel. Ability to operate related equipment and software.
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • 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: 
$86,398 - $124,197 /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.
1795 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 6E3
Closing date: 
Applications accepted until position is filled
Hours of Work: 
Monday-Friday; 800-1600
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.


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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.


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Labor AgreementExcluded
Requisition #152571E-2405496
Work Site1795 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 6E3
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Hours of Work0800-1600
Work DaysMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Expiry Date17-Dec-2023

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