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Consultant in Infection

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, patient-focused and forward-thinking team in a beautiful part of the Country.

The appointee, together with existing colleagues, will be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective clinical microbiology, virology and infection prevention and control service to Wye Valley NHS Trust and other users of the service.

RECRUITMENT PACKAGE - £10K Golden Hello and £8K Relocation

This is a replacement full-time post consisting of 10 programmed activities per week. These will be divided in negotiation with appointee. The 10 PAs include a 1 in 3 Saturday morning rota (which can be worked remotely) and participation in an on call rota with colleagues in Worcester (currently a 1 in 9), renumerated at band A. There are 2 SPAs which can also be worked remotely. Currently the job plan allows an afternoon off a week or a day off every fortnight - this can be agreed flexibly with the post holder.

AAC date to be confirmed.

Main duties of the job

Responsibilities of the post include direct clinical care (DCC) and proactive liaison with consultant colleagues, other hospital staff, medical microbiology colleagues, lead respiratory physicians for tuberculosis management and community colleagues. The Department is based at Hereford County Hospital, which is walking distance from the heart of Hereford City, with remote support provided to community hospitals, GPs and the OPAT (hospital in the home) service.

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to antimicrobial stewardship, laboratory diagnostics and infection prevention and control. There is scope for development of individual interests. There is a busy programme of MDTs, including prosthetic joint infection, OPAT, TB and NTM and a diabetic foot ulcer clinic. The Microbiology department enjoys good relationships with other departments and there is a culture of collaborative working within the hospital.

About us

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT , the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

Worcestershire is our neighbouring county. The post holder will be required to travel between sites.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,500 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential.

Our values -Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please refer to attachments and summary below.

Clinical practice and liaison

Timely clinical liaison in response to blood cultures/critical specimen results and/or clinician requests is expected. GUM is outsourced to a private provider with no clinical input from WVT. The consultants in infection share clinical duties. There is an ITU ward round daily. A Clinical Scientist/Higher Specialist Scientist trainee also supports the department.

There is a 0.5 wte antimicrobial pharmacist. This post is supported by an antimicrobial pharmacist technician. The AMS program is under continuous development, including development of new antibiotic/infection guidelines, enhanced AMS activities and a new penicillin allergy de-labelling initiative.

The consultants in infection attend several MDTs:

  • TB and NTM with respiratory physicians (3 monthly)
  • Prosthetic joint infection/revision meeting with orthopaedic department (monthly)
  • OPAT meeting with podiatry, community nursing and pharmacy (weekly). The consultant in charge of the patient retains clinical responsibility.
  • Diabetic foot infection clinical with podiatry, orthopaedic foot surgeons, diabetes specialist and vascular team (fortnightly)
  • Clostrididioides difficile round (weekly)

The appointee will take equal (or an appropriate share of) responsibility for departmental commitments. The consultant in infection who leads on antimicrobial stewardship attends the Medicines Safety Committee, chairs the 6 monthly Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and meets monthly with the antimicrobial stewardship team. The head of department attends pathology board.

Infection prevention and control

There is an infection prevention team consisting of a Band 8a 1.0 wte lead nurse, two band 7 0.8 wte deputies and 3 wte band 6 infection prevention nurses who work closely with the ICD. The DIPC is the Director of Nursing. There are 2 band 4 0.4 wte administrator who supports the team. The budget holder is the lead infection prevention nurse. The ICD is the deputy chair of the infection prevention committee.

There are 4 PAs for the ICD role which is provided only for WVT

The ICD attends the decontamination committee, the infection prevention committee, the cleanliness and food safety committee, the water management group, the PFI performance management group and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire-wide HCAI forum.

The apportionment and possible rotation of roles will be decided between the appointee and the existing medical staff. There are additional opportunities for teaching (including for junior medical staff, students and our Higher Specialist Scientist trainee) and a weekly hospital Grand Round which our department participates in.

Our team would be delighted to have a discussion with/take queries from any potential candidates.

Applicants must have:

  • Full registration with a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • MBBS, MB ChB or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • MRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification. or Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • MRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification or MRCP or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • (CCT or equivalence in Infectious Diseases)

Person Specification

  • FRCPath and full member of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Full and Specialist registration with a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC) or be eligible for registration within six months of interview.
  • MBBS, MB ChB or evidence of equivalent qualification


  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in medical microbiology and/or infectious diseases.
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision.


  • Knowledge and experience of medical microbiology and/or infectious diseases
  • Broad range of IT skills. Knowledge of evidence-based practice

Communication and Language Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff.
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries





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