Consultant in Medical Virology

Southampton, Hampshire
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
30 Nov 2021
22 Dec 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time


This is a new whole-time consultant post in Medical Virology consisting of ten programmed activities per week plus 1 in 3 on call activity (out of routine working hours including weekends).

Applicants will be expected to hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Medical Virology or a joint CCT in Medical Virology and Infectious Diseases or show evidence of equivalency, or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview. If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT.

Full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (or eligible for registration within six months of interview).

The appointee will join a cohesive team of 11 other consultants in a composite infection department which provides a wide spectrum of infection specialities spanning from Medical Virology to Medical Microbiology, Inpatient and Outpatient Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention.


Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.



As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.




The Southampton Specialist Virology Centre (SSVC), together with the Microbiology laboratory, provides a comprehensive diagnostic services by processing, in the on-site TRUST laboratory, about 1,000,000 specimens per annum covering virology, bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology and parasitology.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic the SSVC has significantly increased its diagnostic output by utilising a number of different molecular platforms and by providing an in-lab rapid diagnostic service for unscheduled admissions. The Southampton Specialist Virology Centre has been one of the regional PHE laboratories providing COVID-19 diagnostic investigations for the Southeast region of England.

The diagnostic laboratory services are recommended for UKAS ISO15189 accreditation.

We are looking for an individual keen to work in partnership with the existing consultant medical virologists to further improve and shape the SSVC service to the trust and to the Southern Pathology Network (Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight), which has seen growth in demand for medical virology expertise.

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical virology support to GPs and to UHS clinicians by attending MDTs, ward consults, preparing guidelines and supporting infection control activities.  The post holder will be also expected to contribute to the development of the virology diagnostic laboratory working together with the other consultant medical virologists and the clinical scientists and to contribute to research work in collaboration with the University of Southampton.

Medical consultants are also encouraged to support the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching curriculum and to contribute to the supervision of infection trainees.

The appointee will be expected:

  • To be responsible, together with their consultant colleagues, for the provision of a comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective clinical virology or virology / infectious diseases service to the Trust and other users of the service, including general practitioners and health protection consultants.
  • To contribute to departmental Morbidity and Mortality meetings and to audit activities of the department, in particular relating to their clinical area of specialist interest
  • To contribute to the day-to-day supervision of diagnostic methods and examination of specimens; to be involved in the authorisation and interpretation of laboratory results; to be involved in policy and SOP preparation; to contribute to quality assurance and the achievement and maintenance of full UKAS accreditation.
  • To be adherent to Health and Safety Law, mandatory training and guidance as set out by the Health and Safety Officer
  • To be involved in business planning, including the assessment and introduction of new methods, and forward planning for staff and equipment requirements
  • To participate in the on-call Medical Virology rota (1additional PA for 1:3 on-call rota plus 8% supplement).
  • To participate in both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and to contribute to the weekly Journal club for trainees and Consultants, and weekly trainee tutorials.

To co-operate with the development and implementation of the infection control programme for the Trust which will be led by the Director of the Infection Prevention Unit.

In addition,

  • Clinical governance and CPD - It is expected that the post holder will actively contribute to Trust clinical governance activities and participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Currently financial support up to £500 p.a. is provided by UHSFT for agreed training purposes including those activities necessary to meet Royal College CPD requirements. 
  • Appraisal - Job planning will be performed annually by the Clinical Lead for DOI and the final decision will rest with the Divisional Clinical Director for Division B. The appointee will be appraised annually via the agreed UHSFT process for appraisal. Time for preparation will be planned into sessions available for supporting professional activities. 


Physical requirements of the post

  • Essential requirement: Health and physical abilities sufficient for the post (if necessary with reasonable adjustments with respect to the Equality Act/Disability Discrimination Act)..

Qualifications / training required

  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Medical Virology or a joint CCT in Medical Virology and Infectious Diseases or show evidence of equivalent qualification or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview.

If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT.

  • Full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview).
  • MRCP or equivalent qualification
  • Higher degree (MSc, PhD) in virology

Previous or relevant experience

  • Appropriate clinical experience
  • In-depth understanding of in-house and commercial molecular tests, manual and automated serology.
  • Understanding of quality assurance including verification and validation processes for the introduction of new diagnostic tests
  • Evidence of developing guidelines and SOPs.
  • Understanding of clinical governance including audit.
  • Evidence of up-to-date training including CPD
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision.
  • Evidence of contribution to diagnostic service improvement
  • Evidence of participation in and achieving changes from effective clinical audit
  • Keenness in contributing to research activity and training

Aptitudes and skills required

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and demonstrate good interpersonal skills.
  • Able to demonstrate good approach to continuity of care.
  • Ability to prioritise work and be organised.
  • Ability to take responsibility and drive projects forward.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience and to respond to questions.

Special requirements of the post

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English.
  • Personal insight into own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ability to make sound and appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to adjust to new environments and demands.
  • Demonstrate reliability and keeping to commitments.

Values and behaviours

  • Patient first
  • Always improving
  • Working together


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. 

Interviews will be held on TBC.

This vacancy closes on or before:  22nd December 2021

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