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Locum Consultant in Infection (Microbiology/Infectious Disease)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

An opportunity has arisen for a Locum Consultant in Infection (Microbiology or Microbiology/Infectious Diseases).

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Microbiology Department in the largest Trust in the country.

The Department is involved in a Trust wide project to create a cohesive infection service across all the hospitals within the Trust, in what is one of the largest infection departments in the UK. This will incorporate colleagues in microbiology, virology, infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health, respiratory medicine, genitourinary medicine and infection prevention.

This is a great opportunity to join a friendly forward thinking infection service at an exciting time

Main duties of the job

We are recruiting for a locum Consultant Microbiologist (18-month post) to join our team and be a driving force in further developing our infection service. This post would be well suited to patient facing clinicians looking to develop specialist interests in any of the many areas available. From an infection perspective the opportunities to develop on existing links are considerable.

The post would suit candidates with either Medical Microbiology or dual Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases accreditation (or expected to be CCT accredited within 6 months), to work within the Department of Microbiology at MFT.

The post includes cross site working as the job plan requires. The clinical laboratory is located on the Oxford Road Campus

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £2.6bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

  • Full and specialist registration (and a licence to practice) with the General Medical Council (or eligible for registration within 6 months of interview)
  • MB ChB or equivalent
  • FRCPath or equivalent


  • Postgraduate thesis
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Diploma in Infection, Prevention - MB ChB or equivalent & Control

Clinical experience

  • holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Medical Microbiology or Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview
  • ability to offer expert opinion and deal with a range of problems
  • ability to develop an area of specialist clinical interest


  • experience in a range of infection control problems, including outbreak management
  • experience in management of in- patients or infection clinics including OPAT

Management and administrative experience

  • ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service
  • ability to organise and manage priorities
  • understanding of clinical governance network
  • evidence of audit


  • formal management training

Teaching Experience

  • experience of supervising foundation year trainees or equivalent
  • ability to teach clinical and laboratory skills


  • experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduates
  • experience of teaching medical trainees
  • formal teaching qualification

Research Experience

  • ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems


  • presentations and or abstracts
  • publications in peer reviewed journals

Personal Attributes

  • ability to work in a team
  • good interpersonal skills
  • enquiring critical approach to work
  • caring attitude to patients
  • ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, nurses and other agencies
  • commitment to continuing medical education
  • - willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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