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Fixed Term Consultant in Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£93,666 to £126,281 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Fixed-Term Consultant in Microbiology or Microbiology & Infectious Disease to join the friendly & forward-thinking Microbiology team at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will join Consultant Medical Microbiologists (3.0 WTE) and share the responsibility for the day-to-day provision of a comprehensive consultation and advisory clinical microbiology and infection control service.

On-call duties are approximately 1:5-1:6 weekdays and weekends with prospective cover. On-call usually involves telephone cover only, including at weekends. The post-holder will be provided with remote access into the hospital and pathology computer systems.

Main duties of the job

Please refer to the supporting job description and person specification which will outline the duties of the role.

The appointee will, together with Consultant colleagues be responsible for the provision of clinical microbiology and infection control services to the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

They will be expected to work with Consultant colleagues to provide a reliable and timely service, including responding to requests for clinical advice day-to-day supervision of diagnostic methods and examination of specimens, interpretation & authorisation of results, ward rounds and MDTs.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyone's voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification attached for full details of the post.

The Microbiology Department

The Microbiology Laboratory provides a comprehensive service covering all aspects of general microbiology to the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (circa 450 acute beds plus Virtual Ward), Newmarket Hospital and GPs in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding catchment area. The laboratory is located in the main West Suffolk Hospital building. It is actively working towards UKAS accreditation and following assessment in December 2023 has been recommended for accreditation subject to submission of evidence to clear non-conformances (due March 2024).

The microbiology Laboratory Manager is Mr Marcus Milner. There are four Band 7 Biomedical Scientists who each take a lead in Health & Safety, Quality and Training.

Administrative support for the Microbiology Department, Consultants and Infection Prevention Team is provided by named members of the Pathology Administrative & Clerical team. Team-based administrative support across Pathology helps ensure demand is met regardless of holidays, sickness and any other absence. This team approach also helps with appropriate support when most needed, for example during outbreaks.

Pathology uses the WinPath Enterprise laboratory information management system and the Q-pulse quality management system.

Infection Prevention Team

The Infection Prevention Team (IPT) consists of the Infection Prevention Doctor, Lead Infection Prevention Nurse Band 8b, one Band 7 nursing post, two Band 6 nursing posts, one Band 6 nursing post for AMS & audit, and clerical support. The Infection Prevention Nurses sit within the Nursing Division.

The IPT has formal meetings with the DIPC each month and liaises with the Consultant Microbiologists and the laboratory on a daily basis. It advises the Trust and staff in some community settings on all aspects of Infection Prevention.

Person Specification

  • Full and specialist registration (and with a license to practice) with the General Medical Council (GMC) in Medical Microbiology and Virology or Microbiology and Infectious Diseases or be eligible for registration (within six months of interview).
  • FRCPath (UK) or evidence of equivalent qualification.
  • M/FRCP if a Microbiology & Infectious Diseases candidate
  • MBBS, MB ChB or evidence of equivalent qualification.


  • Other relevant higher qualification M/FRCP MSc Diploma in Hospital Infection Control
  • Applicants that have completed UK training 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 have not been through UK training will be required to show evidence of equivalence to UK CCT in Medical Microbiology & Virology or Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.


  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in medical microbiology and infection prevention & control, including outbreak and incident management
  • Ability to take responsibility for and appropriately prioritise safe, high quality service delivery without direct supervision
  • Clinical Governance experience
  • Experience of dealing with matters relating to antimicrobial stewardship
  • Teaching experience


  • Management experience
  • Clinical audit experience

Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes

  • Up to date knowledge and experience in medical microbiology and infection prevention and control
  • Existing consultants must demonstrate ongoing participation in a relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.
  • Capable of working in a multidisciplinary team, including providing leadership, and of balancing clinical, management and other duties
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • Awareness of relevant strategy and policy developments within the NHS.

Communication and Language Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with all colleagues
  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues which could be demonstrated by one of the following: - -PLAB B. If applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills, but do not fit into one of the examples they will need to provide evidence.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries.
  • Must have an interest in teaching across all relevant grades of healthcare staff.


  • Attendance at a course on presentation and teaching skills


  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Technical Skills

  • Ability to use standard computer programmes (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to learn and use new systems including the Laboratory Information Management System WinPath Enterprise and Electronic Patient Record system Cerner Millenium.


  • Commitment to providing a high-quality clinical microbiology service
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Prepared to work in a shared office space when on site.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post





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