Work or volunteer for us

As a learned Society, we are governed by our Council and rely on our committees and working parties (all of whom are committed volunteers) to guide and work closely with our team of experienced staff.   

Membership of HIS Council, committees and working parties changes regularly, and expressions of interest are always welcome.

 

Council, committee and staff vacancies

Infection Control Nurse - Co-opted member of Council

Do you know an outstanding Infection Control Nurse that could help HIS Council deliver the Society's strategy?

We are already making excellent progress on the delivery of our 2020-2025 strategy, and we need the help of an Infection Control Nurse (ICN) to help us to continue to develop our activities.  Following the retirement of our current ICN at the end of 2021, we are now inviting Full and Associate members to submit a self-nomination to serve as a co-opted member of HIS Council. 

Alternatively, if you are a member who knows of an ICN colleague who would make an excellent addition to HIS Council, please encourage their application as successful candidates may join the Society on appointment.

HIS is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports equality and diversity at all levels and we encourage applications from experienced ICNs who are working in both immediate and extended IPC teams, and who gained their qualifications either within the UK or overseas.

Concerned about the time commitment? 

HIS has an experienced and committed staff team who undertake all operational work so that Council members can focus on the strategic activities of the Society. Council members typically attend four Council meetings a year, plus the AGM, and joining virtually is an option. Many Council members also choose to be involved in other Society activities, such as planning educational events and guideline development, all of which is coordinated and supported by the staff team. 

Term -  3 years.

Application process

Application is by way of the completion of a application form, which should be sent to Kay.miller@his.org.uk  (CEO). A candidate pack is available for review.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 October 2021.

Lay Trustee

Unremunerated (expenses paid) | Meetings are held in central London and/or via Zoom.


The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) is a membership organisation and charity whose objectives are to advance knowledge and disseminate information concerning the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). HIS members are from the medical professions, particularly consultant microbiologists and trainees, as well as nurses and other health professionals with an interest in infection prevention and control.
The Society’s income is generated predominantly from subscriptions to the Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI). The JHI is published monthly, and includes original articles that relate to all aspects of infection prevention and control in healthcare settings. The JHI also publishes articles that relate to national policies or guidelines. Infection Prevention in Practice (IPIP) was launched in March 2019 and is the Society’s gold open access journal. This low cost fully online journal welcomes quality articles in the field of infection prevention and control, clinical microbiology and the global burden of infection in healthcare.


In addition to the publication of journals HIS funds original research and organises an extensive programme of events including courses, conferences and training days for healthcare professionals.


Lay trustee role
Our current Lay trustee will demit in November 2021. HIS Council (who are the Board of Trustees and co-opted members) is looking for a new Lay trustee who is a non-medical specialist aligned to the ethos of HIS, and who would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their expertise to provide the robust and dynamic governance that is needed to ensure HIS remains on mission and achieves its ambitions to grow.


In this role, and along with the Council and Chief Executive, the Lay trustee will help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values. The Lay trustee will help to deliver the 2020-2025 strategy, and ensure compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governmental obligations are met. Previous experience in a trustee role is not essential, as a full induction will be provided.


Taking on the role of a trustee of HIS is a significant undertaking. The Council meets at least four times per year during the working week, and an appropriate time commitment will be required over the course of the year for the preparative work required in between meetings.


We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with property investment and management, the delivery of digital education or scientific publishing professional experience. Candidates should not have a clinical background. HIS is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports equality and diversity, and we welcome applications from any individual who supports the Society’s objectives and wishes to make an active contribution to their delivery.

Term -  3 years.

Application process

Further information, including a candidate pack and application details is available here

The closing date for receipt of applications is 8 October 2021.

 

Expression of interest - Trustee roles

Trustee roles

Trustees help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values.  Trustees attend Council meetings in order to help to develop the HIS strategy, and ensure compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governmental obligations are met. The typical anticipated time commitment for trustees is attendance and advance preparation (reading) for:

  • Council meetings - take place four times per year
  • Annual Away Day
  • Annual General Meeting

Concerned about the time commitment?  HIS has an experienced and committed staff team who undertake all operational work so that trustees can focus on the strategic activities of the Society. Joining meetings by teleconference is an option.

Many Trustees also choose to be involved in other Society activities, such as planning educational events and guideline development, all of which is coordinated and supported by the staff team.  

HIS is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports equality and diversity, and we welcome applications from any member who supports the Society’s objectives and wishes to make an active contribution to their delivery.  A medical qualification is not essential, and we encourage applications from experienced professionals working in both immediate and extended IPC teams (including nurses, research scientists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, estates personnel and others), who gained their qualifications either within the UK or overseas.

Previous experience in a trustee role is not essential, as a full induction will take place.

Trustees who serve as Ordinary Members of Council do so for a three year term of office.

 

To express an interest in becoming a future Trustee

Please email Kay Miller, Chief Executive (kay.miller@his.org.uk) and include a short description of what you feel you could bring to the trustee role. Applications should also include a completed trustee eligibility form and include details of any roles you hold with in other learned societies or professional bodies.

Details of the members of the current HIS Council can be found here.

A description of the trustee role is available to download.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a HIS trustee and what it entails, you are welcome to chat informally with one of the existing Council members. To arrange a discussion, please contact kay.miller@his.org.uk.

 

Expression of interest - Committee vacancies

The following committees will consider nominations at any time

 Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is a standing committee of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) and is responsible for the design, planning and delivery of events and educational initiatives in keeping with the strategic aims of the Society.

PDC Terms of Reference

 Research Committee

The Research Committee (RC) is a standing committee of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) whose purpose is to design, plan, deliver and monitor the research strategy, including the management of grants, awards and fellowships in keeping with the strategic aims of the Society.

RC Terms of Reference

 Guidelines Committee

The Guidelines Committee (GC) is a standing committee of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) whose purpose is to make recommendations to HIS Council regarding the preparation and updating of clinical guidelines and guidance produced in accordance to NICE methodology, and in keeping with the strategic aims of the Society.

GC Terms of Reference


To apply for the PDC, RC or GC

To nominate yourself for a role within the committee, please review the Terms of Reference above and complete the HIS Committees Expression of Interest form.   Expressions of interest should be sent to kay.miller@his.org.uk

 

 Trainee Committee

The HIS Trainee Committee (TC) is a standing committee of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS), responsible for overseeing Trainee membership recruitment and retention, the promotion of HIS activities, and establishing regular communication and engagement with Trainee members throughout the UK and RoI, in keeping with the strategic aims of the Society.

TC Terms of reference

To apply for the TC

We are currently calling for members of the TC. To nominate yourself for a role within the committee, please review the Terms of Reference above. Nominees must be a Trainee member of HIS.


Nominees should self-nominate, with a short statement of interest, including a declaration of how long they have left before the end of training. Nominations should also be supported by their educational supervisor. Applications (or expressions of interest) should be sent to kay.miller@his.org.uk.

 

Staff vacancies

E-learning strategy manager

During the last 18 months HIS has been transitioning our face-to-face training courses to an online format, primarily using the Zoom platform. We are now moving to the next stage in developing our e-learning offering as we begin implementing a Learning Management System (LMS - platform still to be selected) and we are seeking an experienced e-learning specialist to join the small dynamic HIS staff team. The e-learning strategy manager will oversee the development and delivery of new online training programmes using the LMS, for members of the infection community. This is a role that has the potential to have a significant impact on the delivery of our activity and strategy to support the continuing professional development of infection control specialists.

For more information and to apply please visit the CharityJob application portal.


The deadline for applications is 09:00 on Monday 11 October 2021. 

Interviews will take place on Monday 18 October 2021 in London.

Any queries should be addressed directly to Dr Helen Davies - helen.davies@his.org.uk.

Clinical guideline working parties

Lay representation for clinical guideline development

Are you a patient or carer who has lived experience of a healthcare-acquired infection?

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) pose a serious risk to patients, staff and visitors in healthcare settings.These infections can incur major costs for the NHS and cause significant morbidity to those infected. Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a key priority for our members and the NHS.

The Society (HIS) is a charity (no.1158172) whose objectives are to advance knowledge of, foster scientific interest in and disseminate information about the prevention and control of hospital and other healthcare- associated infections (HCAIs), to medical and allied professionals for public benefit.

HIS uses the NICE definition of ‘lay member’ to refer to a member of a committee who has personal experience of using health or care services, or is from a community affected by the topic area. A lay member can also be someone with experience as an unpaid carer, an advocate, or a member or officer of a voluntary organisation.

Lay members offer a different point of view from people who provide or commission services.

HIS is looking for patients and carers who have experience of HCAIs, to join a HIS working party as a lay member. 

The appointment will be for up to 36 months and meetings will take place in central London or via teleconference.

Please email Dr Gemma Marsden for further information and details regarding how to apply for role.