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Decontamination Supervisor

Beaumont HospitalDublin32,770 - 38,984Full-time

Post Title: Decontamination Supervisor
Post Status: Permanent
Department: CSSD
Location: Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 
Reports to: Deputy  Decontamination Manager
Salary: Appointment will be made on Band 1 salary scale (€32,770 - €38,984) at a point in line with Government pay policy. 
Hours of Work: Full Time 37 Hours between 8 am – 10 pm
Closing Date: 12 Noon on 16/08/2019

Position Summary:
The Decontamination Supervisor for the Sterile Services Department (SSD) role is to ensure the smooth running of the unit reprocessing surgical instrument / flexible scopes and provide cross cover for Decontamination Supervisor for Endoscopy decontamination services. The decontamination supervisor answers directly to the Deputy Decontamination manager and in turn to the decontamination manager.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reports  to the Deputy Decontamination Manager
  • Demonstrate Professional Leadership at all times.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of SSD services when on duty
  • Participate in teams / meetings / committees as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members (Eg Hygiene, Theatre user group, Decontamination working Group).
  • Assist in the co-ordination, co-operation and liaison across healthcare teams and programmes regarding sterile services
  • Assist in the provision of reports of all testing, assessments and support recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy. 
  • Ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping in accordance with Beaumont Hospital Policy
  • Ensure all decontamination testing is carried out
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • In consultation with the Deputy Decontamination Manager, relevant staff and other disciplines, support implementation and assess quality management programme changes.
  • Participate in audits as required by the Hospital (Eg Decontamination, Traceability and Hand Hygiene)...
  • Support systems to ensure the highest professional standards using an evidence-based approach to the reprocessing and traceability of surgical instruments.
  • Assist in the evaluation and the implementation of best practice policy and procedures in conjunction with the Deputy Decontamination Manager and relevant stakeholders..
  • Manage efficient day to day use of resources and workforce planning
  • Ensure that effective safety procedures are followed and managed to comply with statutory obligations, in conjunction with relevant hospital staff.
  • Maintain a high standard of communication among the Decontamination team and with other members of staff.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of education, training and development programs for Decontamination Technicians
  • Contribute to the formulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures at area and hospital level. Ensure all staff adhere to set protocols and procedures. Support regular reviews of same to ensure best practice
  • Facilitate team building and staff motivation.
  • Exercise control of all Department equipment and ensure maintenance of same through the appropriate personnel.
  • Ensure all shift patterns, procedures, urgent requests and deliveries to St Joseph’s Hospital are met.
  • Ensure all non conformances are documented in relation to your area of control
  • Ensure all instruments to be sent for repair are recorded and managed through the decontamination process in line with current standards
  • Ensure the management of instrument storage in the decontamination area is in line with current standards.
  • Ensure the transportation of instruments and soft pack to the operating department, wards and other areas in the hospital are in line with current standards
  • Oversee the role of Decontamination Technicians and ensure highest standards of decontamination practices are maintained.
  • Develop a knowledge of scope and ultrasound reprocessing management
  • Cross cover the decontamination supervisor  for endoscope decontamination service when required
  • Deputise for the Deputy Decontamination Manager when required
  • Engage in continuing professional development by keeping up to date with decontamination literature, recent research and new developments in decontamination management, education and practice and to attend staff study days as considered appropriate.
  • Participate in the identification, development and delivery of induction, education, training and development programmes for Decontamination staff.
  • Provide support and supportive supervision to the decontamination technicians
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as appropriate.
  • Exercise leadership in the running of the assigned area(s).
  • Evaluate policies/practices in consultation with the Deputy decontamination manager  in relation to service provision.
  • Investigate complaints and provide a timely response in accordance with hospital protocol.
  • Assist all Sterile Services Department activities and use of resources.
  • Assist in co-operation and co-ordination of services to Theatre/Endoscopy, St Josephs Hospital and all other hospital departments.
  • Contribute to the strategic management and planning process.
  • Ensure supplies are on hand to allow for the timely reprocessing of surgical instruments
  • In conjunction with the deputy decontamination manager work to ensure in so far as is practical the SSD Department is compliant with all local / regional / national recommendations, guidelines and standards including National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.
  • Support the implementation, maintain and evaluate quality process and standards in relation to Sterile Services reprocessing and sterile equipment usage.
  • Participate in data collection for statistical analysis when necessary.
  • Maintain appropriate records and logs with full historical records for each item of equipment / surgical instrumentation processed within the department.
  • Support the further development of clinical and administrative computerisation.
  • Assist with preparation of weekly duty rosters, ensuring appropriate skill mix to meet clinical workload requirements.
  • Maintain and regularly review use of Sterile Services Department facilities, maximising their potential use.
  • Seek to develop new ways to provide services to meet needs presented to the department.
  • Be familiar with and assist in development and implementation of the major incident plan, when required.
  • Provide understanding of activity, available services and gather information regularly for reports. Work in collaboration with relevant staff to identify the training needs of staff and ensure they are updated regularly.
  • Work in collaboration with relevant staff to identify training needs and ensure this is recorded and updated on a regular basis
  • Work in collaboration with the Deputy Decontamination manager. Theatre ADON, Technical Services/Engineering Department, IPC CNS, and other Department Heads to develop process improvements.
  • Be responsible and accountable for all quality and safety issues relevant to the shift.
  • Exercise a defined role in the personnel function.
  • Promote, nurture and maintain a high level of staff morale, promoting team spirit and job satisfaction.
  • Participate in the development of staff orientation and induction training programmes for all hospital staff as required.
  • Ensure all staff practice within the HSE standards and recommended practices for the decontamination of RIMD.
  • Manage behaviour outside acceptable limits to include performance, conflict, grievance, discipline, absenteeism, etc. in accordance with Hospital and Board policy.
  • Maintain, update and develop knowledge on relevant professional developments and current trends in decontamination.
  • Participate in research and audit.
  • Regularly review current practices and implement change once agreed with the decontamination manager.
  • Be personally responsible for keeping his/her own practice up to date and maintaining competency relevant to the role and to participate in personal development planning

Selection Criteria:  
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.  
Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


•    Hold FETAC level 6 award in decontamination of RIMD or be in the process of undertaking same.
•    Have 3 years experience in decontamination of RIMD services


•    Have 3 years experience in a supervisory experience in a similar size department would be an advantage

Further Information for Candidates:

Supplementary information:

The Hospital

Management Unit:
Other (Please specify):    

Informal Enquiries ONLY to: (Please note no applications will be accepted via this email address)

Name: Mr Martin Coogan

Title: Deputy Decontamination Manager

Telephone:    01 8093022

Particular to this position:

In line with HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for the reprocessing of RIMD 2014

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