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Consultant Medical Microbiologist

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - St Helen's & Knowsley
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum (Plus 1 additional PA for on call)
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Microbiology and virology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job summary

We are looking for two enthusiastic, clinically focused Medical Microbiologists to join the Microbiology team. The two posts are replacement, whole time, (10 PAs) Consultant Medical Microbiologists employed by St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The successful candidates will join a team of four whole time equivalent Consultants working across the two Trusts, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The posts will be based at Whiston hospital. There are opportunities to build the clinical service through Antimicrobial Stewardship taking on the lead role with contributions towards Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Service, Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings and additional ward presence.

Applicants are required to hold Membership of the Royal College of Medical Microbiology (UK or equivalent qualifications), to be fully registered with the General Medical Council, and to be on the Specialist Register or due to obtain their CCT within six months of the date of interview. CESR candidates must have written GMC confirmation of successful application.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday, 19th July, 2023

Main duties of the job

A formal job plan will be agreed within 3 months after the commencement date, which will be reviewed annually and will be a prospective agreement that sets out the Consultant duties, responsibilities and objectives for the coming year. It will cover all aspects of the Consultant's professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education and managerial responsibilities.

The Microbiology department at Whiston is a training centre for Medical Microbiology on behalf of the Mersey Deanery and is approved by the Royal College of Pathologists for Specialty Registrar trainee (StR) training in Medical Microbiology. Currently, there are 3 Speciality Registrars, including one non-rotational post which feeds into the rotational scheme. The post-holder will be expected to share fully in the supervision and training of the StRs as clinical supervisor.

All Consultants are expected to share in the teaching of medical undergraduates. There is a post for a FY2 doctor in Microbiology at SOHT and also responsibility for other training sessions including trainee doctors in other specialities and other professional groups within the Trust e.g. nursing staff, and mandatory infection control training for Trust medical staff.

The department is also accredited for the training of Biomedical Scientists. All staff within the department participates in CPD, qualifications such as BSc and MSc are supported where appropriate.

About us

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales, and Isle of Man. We are a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:
  • Acute Trust of the Year - HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by CQC - Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in the North West for quality of care (NHS Staff Survey 2021)
  • Best place to work in the North West (NHS Staff Survey 2021)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2021 the Trust scored the highest marks in the North West for the following areas.
  • Standard of care
  • Best place to work
  • Care of patients being the Trust's priority
  • Staff engagement
  • Staff morale
  • Compassionate and inclusive
  • Providing a safe environment for staff

Benefits of working for us

We provide many benefits for staff. Please see attached Staff Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information. Accessible version available upon request.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities and requirements essential for this role please refer to the supporting documents heading and review the job description and person specification which will outline the duties of the role including a proposed job plan.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

A 338 million (PFI) investment has re-built and modernised both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, resulting in modern state of the art health care facilities for the treatment and care of patients. St Helens Hospital was completed in 2008 and Whiston Hospital in 2010. The hospitals include 887 inpatient beds with state-of-the-art CT and MRI facilities existing on both hospital sites. CT and MRI scanners at St Helens have also recently been upgraded including installation of a high field 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The DEXA scanner is also located at St Helens Hospital.

The Trust provides a full range of acute inpatient, outpatient, day case and emergency services to local communities of St Helens, Knowsley, parts of Halton and Liverpool. The Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit also extends its services to the whole of Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales, and the Isle of Man.

As a Trust, our aim is to provide a high-quality service to all patients. We strive to meet the best standards for professional care whilst being sensitive and responsive to the needs of individual patients. Our valued workforce is recognised for their unique skills and talents with our teams of experts winning national awards on a regular basis.

Whiston Hospital

Whiston Hospital a busy teaching hospital which provides a comprehensive range of acute Medical and Surgical Services, Emergency Services, Maternity Services, Paediatrics and Medicine for Older People. The Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Units are also based on this site. There is a Critical Care Unit consisting of ICU, HDU, CCU and an onsite Cardiac Catheter Laboratory. The stroke consultants deliver 24/7 thrombolysis to eligible patients presenting with acute stroke. There is a 30-bed Stroke Unit which accommodates both acute stroke patients and those with rehabilitation needs.

St Helens Hospital

St Helens Hospital is an Ambulatory Care Centre providing Intermediate Care and Day Surgery. Rheumatology, Dermatology and Diabetes services are based on this site and within easy reach of other acute specialties at Whiston Hospital.

Life in Merseyside

Merseyside, which includes the great city of Liverpool, is within easy reach of North Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District and provides an interesting mix of rural and urban life.

Liverpool is a vibrant, music city which has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has recently been named European City of Culture.

High quality schools are available in Liverpool, Wirral and Rainhill areas. The area has many sports facilities including championship golf courses, several sailing clubs and one of the finest windsurfing venues in Britain. Merseysiders are renowned for their friendliness and quick-witted humour and the region sports two of the finest football teams in the Premier League.

The town of St Helens is renowned for its glassworks and rugby. The district has a population of around 340,000 and is of mixed residential, industrial, and rural character. It is situated on the edge of Merseyside, between the open countryside of Cheshire to the south and Lancashire to the north.

Manchester City Centre is a short 23 miles from Whiston Hospital; accesses to motorway networks are a short 5-minute drive (including M62 and M6).

Both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals are within easy reach of the City of Liverpool (20 minutes by car), and access to motorway networks (including M62, M6, M57 and M58) is also convenient.

Person Specification
  • Full GMC registration and on Specialist Register or within six months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview CESR candidates must have written GMC confirmation of successful application
  • Fellowship (FRCPath) of Royal College of Pathologists or show evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Diploma in Hospital Infection Control (or equivalent)
  • MRCP or equivalent medical qualification
  • Recognised management qualification
  • Higher research degree MD/PHD or equivalent medical qualification
  • Recognised teaching qualification
Knowledge & Experience
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in relevant specialty
  • Experience of teaching
  • Knowledge of the principles of research
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Experience of supervising trainee pathologists
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • Ability to organise and manage people and resources
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical, scientific, technical and managerial colleagues
  • Ability to cope with and effectively organise the workload of a consultant
  • Ability to practise independently as a consultant
  • Ability to take responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Ability to drive to different locations via own vehicle or assisted driver
  • Evidence of involvement research

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