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Consultant Microbiologist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
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Closing date
21 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Microbiology and virology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Plymouth wishes to appoint a full-time Consultant Medical Microbiologist, or dual accredited Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Consultant, or Consultant in Infectious Diseases, or Consultant Clinical Scientist in Medical Microbiology (or other suitably qualified and experienced individual). Applicants who wish to work less than full time are welcomed, and job-share will be considered. This is an exciting new opportunity that has arisen due to Consultant Microbiologist retirement. This role will allow the Department to start to work towards a new and innovative staffing model. The successful candidate will form part of a team of Consultants plus one substantive Clinical Scientist and one in training. In addition, a Specialist doctor has also recently been appointed to join the team. The advertised post comprises 10 programmed activities a week. The appointee will together with other members of the clinical team be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive and effective clinical microbiology, mycology and virology service to the Trust, local GPs and other service users. This post will attract a recruitment incentive to be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate/s at interview.
Main duties of the job

This is a clinically orientated post with substantial ward round commitment particularly in Critical Care areas. The appointee, together with consultant colleagues, will be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective clinical microbiology, virology, and infection prevention and control service to UHP and other users.

The post-holder will be expected to liaise in a timely manner with clinicians, hospital staff, Medical Microbiologists, General Practitioners and Health Protection Teams concerning the diagnosis and management of patients and control and prevention of infections, including the provision of telephone advice out of hours. The appointee is expected to encourage good antibiotic stewardship and admission avoidance. The appointee will develop relationships with the staff in the clinical areas for which they are responsible which will include attending multi-disciplinary team meetings and participating in other clinical or audit meetings as required.
About us

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital in the South West Peninsula. It is a major trauma centre and hosts tertiary services for neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, renal transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, neonatal intensive care, and prosthetic joint revision surgery. There is ample scope for development of specialist interests within infection management, and the trust has an active research department. The state of the art microbiology department is based in purpose built laboratories and offers a wide range of diagnostic testing, and a full SARS-CoV-2 testing service (PCR and antibody). The locality has seen low numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout this pandemic, and a wide variety of clinical microbiology work continues.

New ways of working arising from the COVID19 pandemic have shown that there is flexibility for working from home when clinical commitments allow, and the 10PA job plan (including 1:7 on-call) is usually worked across 4 weekdays.

Plymouth offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities and a vibrant urban culture, lying on the beautiful natural harbour that is Plymouth Sound with rugged Dartmoor to the north and surrounded by the unspoilt beaches of Cornwall and South Devon.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The appointee will initially be expected to take the lead in providing Clinical Microbiology advice and advancing the Infection service to the adult General and Neurosurgical Intensive Care units and Renal Transplantation services. An interest in molecular diagnostics would be beneficial. Rotation of lead roles within the Department e.g. Head of Department, Infection Prevention & Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Bone & Joint Infection, Virology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cardio-thoracic surgery, Infective Endocarditis, Intensive Care, Neurosurgery, Renal Transplant and Sepsis will occur by mutual agreement. Supplementary roles may attract further programmed activities over and above the standard contract according to the needs of the service and mutual agreement.

Person Specification
  • Full and specialist registration (and with a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • Applicants that are UK trained must be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview
  • Applicants that are non-UK trained will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT
  • FRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • M/FRCP or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • MB BS or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in Medical Microbiology and Virology
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
  • Attended appropriate basic speciality courses Clinical experience and thorough knowledge of the principles of good Infection, Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Evidence of ability to deal with requests for complex advice on call
  • Broad range of IT skills
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice Attended appropriate basic specialty courses
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology, management and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • Evidence of a special interest that complements those of the other Consultants in the Department
  • Understanding of the structure and workings of the NHS
  • Attended appropriate courses and meetings in the last 6 years covering the spectrum of the entire Speciality
Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff
  • Good time management
  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Good IT skills and knowledge
Clinical governance and audit
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Participation in continuing professional development and, where relevant, evidence of satisfactory participation in a CPD scheme
  • Knowledge of the principles involved in good quality research
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation in relevant audit projects
  • Evidence of involvement in research and a current research interest
  • Publications in the area of Medical Microbiology in peer reviewed journals
  • Presentations in the area of medical microbiology at local/ regional/national/ international meetings
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm to continue with research and clinical audit

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Derriford Hospital



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