Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Medical Microbiologist / Consultant in Infection

Expiring today

Taunton, Somerset
£84,559 - £114,003 Per Annum
23 Sep 2021
20 Oct 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

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An opportunity has arisen for a full time Consultant in Medical Microbiology, Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases or Consultant Clinical Scientist to join the team of five consultants based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset. This post is part replacement and part new, having been created to support the growing demand for a high quality clinical microbiology service across the county. 

Each Consultant takes on a lead role, including Infection Control Doctor, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Clinical Service Lead, which rotate by mutual agreement between the Consultants in post.

The full time post has a 10 PA allocation with category A rating (5%) for on call based on a 1 in 5 rota. Applications are welcomed from those approaching their CCT (or equivalent) certification, as well as experienced Consultants, including Consultant Clinical Scientists. We are open to discussing job share, or part time arrangements and there is flexibility to meet the needs of individual applicants.

The pathology services in Somerset are consolidated into South West Pathology Services (SPS), a public-private partnership which is majority NHS owned.  The Department of Microbiology is UKAS-accredited and the annual workload is approximately 490 000 requests per year.  The department serves Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Yeovil District Hospital, community hospitals in Somerset and a population of approximately 465,000.

To qualify for this role you will be a member of the Royal College of Pathologists (or equivalent). You will either hold or be eligible for specialist registration, holding a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT or equivalent) or be within 6 months of award of CCT by the interview date. You will also have demonstrable clinical experience/ focus in addition to laboratory experience.

However, as a team we are in a fortunate position to be able to offer the opportunity to support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with obtaining their CESR, so that you can gain specialist registration with the GMC.  As a Trust we are in a strong position to be able to support you through this process, and we have a number of colleagues who have successfully gone through this route.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.

Our trust was formed on 1 April 2020 when Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust merged.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UKs most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter within easy reach.

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities, and excellent educational facilities. Taunton’s nightlife offers a great atmosphere with cosy pubs and trendy bars.

Taunton provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link with trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours, and Bristol in 30 minutes.

For further details / informal visits contact: Dr Katy Marden, Clinical Service Lead - Microbiology, on or 01823 343765. If you would like to discuss the application process for this role please contact: Jordan Pollard, Medical Recruitment Consultant, on 07765898212 or