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Consultant Microbiologist/Consultant in Infection

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
2 Apr 2024
Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) are looking to recruit a forward-thinking and motivated consultant microbiologist to join our microbiology team delivering our clinical microbiology and virology services to WWL and other users within the local area. The posts present an excellent opportunity for experienced clinicians with comprehensive understanding of microbiology to join our dynamic team committed to the delivery of the highest standard of care.

WWL has a track record for high performance and outcomes, being awarded the prestigious HSJ Provider Trust of the Year 2014, runner-up in the best places to work in the NHS 2015, cleanest Hospital two years in a row and recently the 2nd best A& E in the country. The Trust also has excellent postgraduate and research facilities and is an Associate Teaching Hospital of the University of Manchester. The Trust is also working with Edge Hill University and supporting the new Medical school resulting in opportunities to be involved in undergraduate education. Study leave for CPD is supported and assistance with funding is provided up to an agreed limit.

Interview date is to be confirmed.

Main duties of the job

The Microbiology department at WWL delivers clinical microbiology and virology services to the trust, Primary Care and community services. The department provides an extensive range of bacteriology, serology and mycology services.

Successful applicants will make use of the laboratory services located at Salford Royal Hospital, delivered to both Trusts as part of a joint venture - Pathology at Wigan and Salford or PAWS.

Key interdependencies for the microbiology service include:
  • Clinical liaison service, including strong links with critical care
  • Laboratory support
  • Infection Prevention & Control team
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • MSK surgical services provided at Wrightington Hospital

The out of hours service is a 1:11 rota renumerated at 1 PA and attracts an appropriate banding presently equating to 3% of basic salary. Consultants who are not required to be on-site for clinical duties may be able to work remotely on rotation with other members of the service.

About us

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the post include:
  • Providing a comprehensive microbiology & virology service
  • Sharing responsibility with colleagues at Wigan and Salford for providing a 24-hour, 7 day on-call service
  • Deputising for the infection control doctor, where applicable
  • Contributing towards antimicrobial stewardship
  • Complying with RCPath recommendations on appraisal and CPD
  • Contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education where applicable
  • Adhering to Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trusts policies on Clinical Governance.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide clinical advice by phone and e-mail, manage positive blood cultures and other urgent clinical samples, attend ward rounds, multi-disciplinary team meetings and relevant management and governance meetings, and to provide occasional support to laboratory scientific staff and members of the infection prevention and control team. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop a relevant subspecialty interest and to participate in research, subject to resources and local priorities.

Person Specification
  • Full GMC Registration with a current Licence to Practice
  • Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register/CCT or evidence of Higher Speciality Training leading to CCT or be within 6 months of confirmed entry to the Specialist Register from the date of interview.
  • FRCPath or equivalent
  • Ability to work at consultant level in Clinical Microbiology
  • Ability to offer an expert opinion in Infection Control
  • Ability to offer an expert opinion in public health microbiology
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of teaching medical students, and/or other relevant professional groups
  • Ability to use a computer and the internet
  • Ability to follow laboratory protocols
  • Proven organisational skills
  • Evidence of participation in CPD over the past 12 months where relevant
  • A willingness to accept flexibility to meet the changing needs of the NHS
  • Effective communicator and negotiator
  • Demonstrate effective leadership

Employer details
Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

Wigan Lane



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