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Microbiology Consultant

Employer
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
Location
Northampton
Salary
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

Job Details

This is a substantive position as Consultant in Microbiology (10PAs) at Northamptonshire University Hospitals. The appointee will, together with other consultants in medical microbiology, be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective clinical microbiology, virology and infection prevention and control service to the Group hospitals at Northampton and Kettering. This post is based at Northampton. We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will, together with other consultants in medical microbiology, be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective clinical microbiology, virology and infection control service to the Trust, Group and other users of the service.

The agreed job plan comprises a total of 10 Programmed activities (PAs). This consists of 8.5 Direct Clinical Care PAs and 1.5 Supporting Professional Activity (SPAs). Further PA and SPA allocation can be allocated as a result of Job Plan review which will take place in 3 months and annually thereafter (maximum 12PAs). In the event of disputes arising from job planning where an agreement is not reach there is a mechanism of resolution and mediation in line with Schedule 4 of the Terms & Conditions - Consultants (England 2003).

DCC: Results validation, laboratory supervision, ward work, infection control work, handover meetings, telephone liaison, patient related administration, antimicrobial stewardship, service development, public health duties, surveillance, multidisciplinary meetings, administration directly relating to all above.

SPA: Core: Appraisal, revalidation work, medical education, audits, CPD, job planning, research, clinical management & training. Non-core: Clinical lead

On Call Commitments All consultants will participate. On call availability supplement agreed at present is Category A, 8%

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values

Compassion. Accountability. Respect. Integrity. Courage

We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals. We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Laboratory duties The appointee will be expected to provide a comprehensive service, including authorisation and interpretation of results as well as day-to-day supervision of diagnostic methods and examination of specimens. There would also be expected to be involvement in policy and SOP preparation, responsibility for quality assurance performance within the department, including taking part in all relevant National External Quality Assurance (NEQAS) programmes and responsibility for achieving and maintaining full accreditation with UKAS (UK) Ltd. Business planning, including the assessment and introduction of new methods as well as forward planning for staff and equipment requirements may also be included in the role.

Clinical Duties The appointee will be expected to provide a clinical advisory service with continuing responsibility for care of patients with infections in liaison with clinical consultant colleagues. The appointee will also be expected to provide clinical leadership on the development of strategy (diagnostic and clinical) across the Trust and to participate in construction of relevant policies for the Trust / Group as required. Provision of equivalent services from the Trust to other healthcare providers who have service level agreement (SLA) with the Trust will also be expected as required. Consultants are expected to do ICU ward rounds daily as well as multidisciplinary ward round as appropriate in haematology, oncology, C.diff, NNU etc. The post holder may be asked to participate in cross site work with Kettering.

Out of hours duties The appointee will have out-of-hours responsibilities for emergency microbiology and infection control advice and cover of other microbiology consultant colleagues in Northampton when they are on leave, as part of rota arrangement. The post holder may be asked to participate in cross site on call work with Kettering. Out of hours cover is provided by off-site telephone contact. Remote computer access will be provided for authorisation purposes. The appointee will be expected to visit the hospital out of hours in an emergency situation only. The agreed on-call pay banding at present is A and 8% (immediate availability is expected) for this post.

Administrative There will be a responsibility to develop services and to be involved in business planning, including assessment and introduction of new methods and forward planning for staff and equipment requirements. There will be requirement to participate in audit, clinical governance, annual job plan review and appraisal and revalidation. The appointee will be expected to attend Divisional Clinical Governance meetings and Microbiology Departmental meetings in the Trust / Group as required.

Participate in Public Health Duties There will be a requirement for close liaison with the Regional PHE laboratory and PHE, providing support in reporting outbreaks, cluster of cases and any other relevant SI to the appropriate authorities.

Infection Prevention and Control The appointee will be expected to provide medical leadership and input to the nurse led Infection Prevention and Control Team by way of daily liaison.

Teaching The appointee will be expected to assist in the professional supervision and management of trainee medical and scientific staff. To organise and participate in teaching, examination and accreditation duties for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education activity and to participate in the education and teaching of nursing staff.

Research and Audit The appointee will be expected to contribute to the development of clinical and organisational guidelines, to review and develop policies for clinical practice and effectiveness, to participate in the strategic planning for the service and to comply with current Trust policies and procedures.

Policy and Planning The appointee will be expected to contribute to the development of clinical and organisational guidelines, to review and develop policies for clinical practice and effectiveness, to participate in the strategic planning for the service and to comply with current Trust policies and procedures. Management & Communication The appointee will be expected to participate in all aspects of Service Line and Hospital affairs, including attendance at Consultant Meetings and to represent the department on appropriate committees/working parties when required. The appointee will be expected to develop and monitor performance indicators for the microbiology service and implement any actions as necessary as well as assist in the effective handling of patients complaints.

Record Keeping All staff that have access to or transfer data are responsible for that data and must respect confidentiality and comply with the requirement of the Data Protection Act 1998 in line with the Trusts policies. The post-holder is responsible for data quality and complying with policies, procedures and accountability arrangements throughout the Trust and for maintaining accuracy and probity in the recording of the Trusts activities. They are expected to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in line with Trust Policy.

Person Specification
Qualifications & Training
Essential

  • Full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • Applicants that are UK trained, must ALSO 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
  • Primary medical qual.
  • FRCPath or equivalent
  • MD, PhD or higher degree
  • Wide knowledge and experience of Clinical Microbiology

Desirable

  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • Management qualification or experience
  • Membership of relevant Specialist Societies or Associations.

Experience / Clinical Skills
Essential

  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in clinical microbiology
  • Excellent skills and experience in managing complex microbiological issues in a broad range of different patient types
  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgment to problems understands evidence-based practice
  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgment to problems understands evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrates clear, logical thinking and an analytical approach
  • A track record of service development introduction of new assays and diagnostic approaches
  • Experience with computer software especially databases, statistical analysis packages and bioinformatics tools
  • Experience of staff supervision and training of various grades of staff
  • An understanding of ISO 15189:2012 quality standards and UKAS accreditation requirements

Desirable

  • Evidence of clinical or research commitment and a relevant specialty interest.
  • Experience of working in the UK and NHS

Management
Essential

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and supervise juniors
  • Experience of leading teams and awareness of leadership styles
  • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities
  • Ability to effectively organise, prioritise and manage clinical workload
  • Understanding of wider health agenda and modern NHS
  • Ability to work to overcome barriers to change (negotiating, influencing and persuasion skills)
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance issues
  • Awareness of Service Development issues

Desirable

  • Evidence of management and administration experience
  • Management training on an accredited course
  • Experience of resource and budget management

Audit & Research
Essential

  • Effective participation in and a commitment to clinical audit
  • Experience of quality improvement work and audit
  • Ability to appraise research critically
  • Ability to supervise juniors undertaking research projects
  • Ability to initiate and co-ordinate research within the department

Desirable

  • Ability to secure sufficient funding for appropriate research activity
  • Evidence of recent research and development activity
  • Publications in nationally and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals on subjects relevant to the specialty

Teaching
Essential

  • Experience of and a commitment to teaching undergraduate and postgraduates students and other health professionals
  • Enthusiastic and ability to inspire and lead others

Desirable

  • Willingness to develop new approaches to teaching
  • Post Graduate qualification in teaching and training
  • Evidence of supervision and training of Clinical Scientists through national training schemes
  • Experience of supervision, appraisal and development of junior staff

Personal
Essential

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.
  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours

Communication Skills
Essential

  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication with patients and colleagues
  • Ability to present highly complex issues in a professional manner to a wide range of health professionals and to the general public
  • To be empathic and sensitive capacity to take others perspectives and treat others with understanding

Desirable

  • Highly developed emotional intelligence
  • High standard of presentation both written and verbal
  • Demonstrable track record of successful change management
  • Proven ability to maintain focus in a demanding environment

Motivation
Essential

  • Personal integrity and reliability.
  • Commitment to further develop the post and the service provided Ability to motivate and develop both medical Staff and non-medical staff

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