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Locum Consultant in Medical Microbiology

Barts Health NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

Applications are invited for a locum consultant post within the Department of Infection at Barts Health NHS Trust. This new post is based at both St Bartholomew's (SBH) and the Royal London (RLH) hospitals on a rotational basis, providing excellent opportunities to work in both an academic tertiary care centre and a large tertiary acute hospital in the East End of London. This locum post is suitable for consultants accredited in Medical Microbiology and those with dual accreditation in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a growing department of Microbiologists, Virologists and Infectious diseases physicians, as well as working in a Trust with an on-site diagnostic laboratory. The laboratory is part of the new East and South East London (ESEL) NHS Pathology Partnership that came into existence on 1st May 2021. It is an NHS pathology partnership between Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust pathology services, being hosted on site by Barts Health.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work alongside consultant colleagues to provide a microbiology consultant service primarily for Respiratory Medicine and the Intensive Care Units at St Bartholomew's hospital. They will also be expected to deliver a microbiology service to the Heart and Cancer centres and participate in delivering the OPAT service along with their consultant colleagues. At the Royal London hospital, a busy acute and tertiary care hospital delivering general and specialist services to the population of North East London and beyond, the appointee will provide consultant microbiology cover for both medical and surgical specialties. Depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful appointee there may be an opportunity to participate in outpatient infectious diseases activity on both sites.

The post holder will work as part of an integrated Department of Infection, joining 14 permanent and 6 locum/honorary consultant colleagues across the Trust. It is expected the appointee will participate in delivery of diagnostic, clinical, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control services to patients, staff and local general practitioners and deliver departmental teaching

About us

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate, and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Barts Health supports The Pregnancy Loss Pledge and commits to supporting their staff through the distress of miscarriage.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The full job description and the person specification provide an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, outlining the qualification, skills, experience, and knowledge required.

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Person Specification

  • Registerable medical qualification (MBChB, MBBS or equivalent)

Higher Qualifications

  • FRCPath (UK) (Medical Microbiology) or show evidence of equivalent qualification


  • MRCP (UK) or show evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Infection Control qualification
  • Other higher degree or diploma (e.g., MD or PhD)
  • MSc in Medical Microbiology


  • Full and Specialist registration in Medical Microbiology (with license to practice) with the General Medical Council or be eligible for specialist registration within 3 months of interview
  • Applicants that are UK trained, must ALSO be a holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or be within 3 months of CCT on the date of interview
  • Applicants that are non-UK trained will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT


  • Full and Specialist registration in Infectious Diseases (with license to practice) with the General Medical Council or be eligible for specialist registration within 3 months of interview

Experience, knowledge and skills

  • Broad experience in all aspects of clinical and diagnostic Microbiology and Infection
  • Clinical experience and thorough knowledge of principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Experience of working in an OPAT service
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload


  • Experience of working in Infection Prevention and Control
  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes

Leadership and Management

  • Proven ability to manage and co-ordinate the day-to-day clinical Microbiology service
  • Experience of clinical leadership of multidisciplinary teams
  • Able to take responsibility, show leadership, make decisions and respond appropriately to service needs


  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes
  • Leadership / management training
  • Experience of implementing change

Audit and Quality Improvement

  • Experience of participating in quality or safety improvement projects
  • Awareness of the importance of Clinical Governance

Teaching and Training

  • Experience of supervising doctors in training
  • Experience of teaching students and multi-disciplinary teams


  • Competencies as required for Clinical and Educational supervisors
  • Experience of Educational Supervision
  • Teaching skills course/qualification

Research and Publications

  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems


  • Experience of research
  • Publications in the chosen sub-specialty field

Personal Skills and attributes

  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to build rapport, work with others, persuade and negotiate
  • Flexible approach to work and evidence of team working
  • Empathy, understanding, listening skills and patience
  • Able to change and adapt, respond to changing circumstances and to cope with setbacks or pressure
  • Self-motivated with an enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Commitment to continuing medical education
  • Reliable work record
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Appreciation of ethical dilemmas
  • Must be able to demonstrate and model the key Trust values




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