East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Microbiologist/Infectious Diseases

Ashford, Kent
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum
20 Nov 2020
18 Dec 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Attractive recruitment and retention incentive (available for a three year period) and support with relocation expenses offered. Please enquire for further details.


Applications are invited from existing consultants or specialist registrars for a full time 11 PA replacement Consultant Microbiologist /Infectious Diseases/Virologist post at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, with links to the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, was established on 1st April 1999 and manages three acute district general hospitals (at Ashford, Margate and Canterbury) with two supporting hospitals (at Dover and Folkestone). The Trust was awarded University status in August 2008 and Foundation status in April 2009. The Trust is one of the largest in the country, serving a population of 700,000 and employing 7,950 people with a budget of around £480M.

The microbiology laboratory, which is centralised on the William Harvey Hospital site in Ashford, is UKAS ISO15189 accredited and is both a specialist mycology and virology centre. Molecular diagnostics and translational research has been a major focus over recent years and the laboratory has expanded its molecular pathology range with further ambitious plans for the near and long term future. East Kent has been leading the diagnostics response to the current COVID-19 pandemic challenge for the regional network.

The successful candidate will become part of a cohesive team of 5 consultant medical microbiologists and one consultant clinical scientist who cover the entire gamut of microbiology, virology and infection, providing a clinical, diagnostic and infection control service to community and secondary care facilities in East Kent in conjunction with infection control nurses, antimicrobial pharmacists and laboratory staff. The medical microbiologists rotate through the three main hospital sites providing clinical and diagnostic advice to a range of general and specialist services including intensive care, renal medicine, neurology, maxillofacial surgery, haemato-oncology, neonatology and orthopaedics.

You will have, or will be encouraged to develop, a special interest and areas of expertise to complement the skills of the rest of the team. The philosophy of the service is to work in a collegiate fashion to provide support to colleagues and enhance the quality of clinical care. The service is committed to innovation and quality improvement. There will be opportunities to introduce new services and different ways of working.

As a teaching Trust, the hospital plays a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other health professionals, working closely with local universities and King’s College, University of London. In 2020 the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) received its first intake of students, providing clinical training across all hospitals in Kent, with a preclinical school being established on the university campuses in Canterbury. There will be opportunities to take part in delivering relevant microbiology/virology/infectious diseases teaching in the medical curriculum.

Participation in research is actively encouraged, including both NIHR portfolio studies and collaborative scientific research in conjunction with local academic institutions such as the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church and Medway School of Pharmacy. You will be supported in developing as a clinical leader and will have the opportunity to take on key leadership roles. For the appropriate individual, there may be an opportunity of taking on head of service responsibility: this carries an additional 1 PA. There are strong research collaborations with the University of Kent, opportunities for Honorary Senior Lectureship posts which some of the current incumbent microbiologists hold and the Trust will consider supporting research sessions at the University of Kent for candidates with suitable research credentials. There are also research collaboration opportunities with other London Universities such as University College London and Imperial College London.

The post is for 10 PAs with an additional PA for one in five on call provision, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the 2003 consultant contract. However, part time applicants or job sharing will be considered. All applicants must either be on the GMC’s Specialist Register or within six months of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Microbiology/Infectious Diseases/Virology at the time of interview.

East Kent is an area of outstanding natural beauty with large areas of unspoilt countryside and easy access to the continent. It is a delightful place to live with a fantastic coastline, beautiful villages and the cathedral city of Canterbury. The high speed link offers easy access to London in less than 40 minutes from Ashford. Kent has retained the grammar school system and there are excellent state and private schools.

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