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.

We currently have a vacancy for an Ordinary member of HIS Council.  To find out more and apply please click Council vacancies below.

We are currently calling for members of the new HIS committees.  To find out more and apply please click Committee vacancies below.

Council, committee and staff vacancies

Council vacancies

Treasurer HIS Council - Trustee vacancy (Full and Trainee members)

Trustees help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values, and Trustees who serve as Ordinary Members of Council do so for a three year term of office. 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. Previous experience in a Trustee role is not essential, as a full induction will take place.

Time commitment:

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

HIS Council is now seeking applications from full and trainee members with an interest in working with the Society at a very exciting time.

To apply:

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. Please also include a completed Trustee eligibility declaration. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 December 2019.

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

A description of the Trustee role is available to download.

Expressions of Interest

For an informal initial discussion, please contact (kay.miller@his.org.uk).

Committee vacancies

The following committees are seeking nominations

 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

We are currently calling for members of the PDC, RC and GC, including the Chair and Vice-Chair. To nominate yourself for a role within the committee, please review the Terms of Reference above and email a short description of what you feel you could bring to the Society as a committee member. Please also include details of any additional roles you hold in other learned Societies or Royal Colleges. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2019. Applications (or expressions of interest) should be sent to kay.miller@his.org.uk. Nominees must be a member of HIS.

 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 Trainee Committee

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. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2019. Applications (or expressions of interest) should be sent to kay.miller@his.org.uk.

 

Staff vacancies

Researcher in Evidence Synthesis – Clinical Guideline Production

Location: Bloomsbury, London
Closing Date: 6 January 2020
Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Employment Type: Fixed-Term
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Clinical Guideline Production
Hours Per week: 37.5
Contract Duration: 12 months

The role

The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) is a charity (no.1158172) and membership organisation that supports healthcare professionals to manage, prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) that pose a serious risk to patients, staff and visitors in healthcare settings.  HCAIs 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, and our new strategy for 2020-2025 focuses on the delivery of activities that support our members to overcome the challenges they face, and advance research that underpins excellence in clinical practice. 

The production of NICE-accredited clinical guidelines to prevent and control HCAIs will be a key activity for the Society during 2020-2025.  To facilitate the production of guidelines we are looking for a Researcher in Evidence Synthesis to work with the Research and Development Manager to support the HIS Guidelines Committee and Working Parties to enable HIS to increase its contributions to clinical guidelines through professional and effective guidance production.  

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic team player who is able to work with significant autonomy, whilst working closely with the Research and Development Manager to increase clinical guideline output and identify areas or collaborations for the society. 

The post-holder will be expected to perform tasks throughout the systematic literature review process, with an initial focus on analysing the outputs from current literature searches.  You will be comfortable engaging with, and where required, providing secretariat support, to multiple committees comprised of clinicians and researchers.

We are an organisation with a specialised remit and this role has tremendous potential for the right candidate to have significant impact on clinical guideline production. We are looking for someone with a strong interest in the biological sciences, healthcare (specifically microbiology or infection prevention and control) who wants to play a pivotal role in developing the scientific and clinical impact of an influential and expert membership organisation. 

 

Key deliverables

  • Analysis of the outputs of completed literature searches. This will include analysing abstracts and full texts as well as complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources
  • Performance of systematic literature searches using databases such as EMBASE
  • Coach other members of the team on specialist methodologies or procedures
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues and members in partner societies
  • Manage own activities including completing progress reports as requested
  • Deliver output on a defined trajectory and within specific timescales

 

To apply

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on 6 January 2020. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of no more than A4 two pages in length addressing why you would like this post and why you are the ideal candidate for this role. Please refer carefully to the role description prior to completing your application.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 20 January 2020.   All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Dr Aggie Bak, Research and Development Manager aggie.bak@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.