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Consultant in Microbiology

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

Job Details


  • £16,000 Relocation Package
  • £8,000 Golden Hello Payment
  • £5,000 Expenses Package

East and North Hertfordshire have fantastic opportunities available for 2 Consultants in Microbiology. Could this be YOU? You've started to read the advert to please continue.... !This is a substantive post based at Lister Hospital located in Stevenage. The post consists of 11 programmed activities (PAs), but part time and job share applicants are welcome to apply. This is a career enhancing opportunity to work in a large district general hospital covering the full range of acute services. The team of consists of 4 Consultants who provide a comprehensive Microbiology service. The department provides a comprehensive range of services for our resident population of approximately 500,000 residing mainly in East and North Hertfordshire and extends to the borders of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, West Hertfordshire, and Essex. Stevenage has great transport links and is only 20 minutes from London by train and is east of junctions 7 and 8 of the A1(M). The town thrives with shops, cafes, supermarkets, and restaurants. The Trust has recently launched an exciting 12-month induction programme, this involves a monthly education session for new consultant topics include: 'Being a new consultant - things I wish I'd known' and 'Finance and contracts'.

Main duties of the job

The Consultant Microbiologists provide a proactive dynamic and consultative link between clinicians, the patients and the laboratory service. The role includes the provision of advice on appropriate and timely investigations for microbial diseases, professional direction of the laboratory service. Working together with senior Biomedical staff to ensure regular review of the investigative repertoire and the methodology employed, medical reporting and interpretation of results and advice on patient management. The Consultant Microbiologists are members of the Trust Infection Control Team. The post holder will be expected to contribute in all aspects outlined above and towards teaching of medical and other health care professionals where appropriate. Appropriate internal arrangements are made for the provision of all aspects of a twenty-four hour medical microbiology service, including cover for annual and study leave.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now. We run the following hospitals:

o The Lister Hospital, Stevenage. New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City.Hertford County, Hertford. Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda. We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Maintenance of high quality patient centred care
  • Shared responsibility for the day to day management of the service and participation in strategic planning
  • Teaching and training within the multidisciplinary service
  • Active involvement in multidisciplinary team meetings and directorate clinical governance activity
  • Active participation in continuing medical education.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register or, be within 6 months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or, provide GMC confirmed eligibility for entry on the Specialist Register
  • Applicants that are non-UK trained, will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT (CCT or equivalence in Medical Microbiology or Virology)
  • FRCPath or equivalent
  • Evidence of being up to date and fit to practice safely, and aware of own training needs


  • Postgraduate degree

Previous Experience

  • Broad range of experience in microbiology experience including the laboratory diagnosis of infections and their treatment
  • Ability to offer and be accountable for full and independent expert diagnostic opinion
  • Can evidence leading on patient safety issues and achieving a change in practice
  • Experience of supervising undergraduates, doctors in training and other colleagues
  • Experience in organising educational activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrable experience and participation in research
  • Published papers and original work in peer reviewed journals


  • An interest and experience in infection control
  • Demonstrable experience in a locum role


  • Able to evidence engagement with clinical governance and the identification of errors and the learning from errors
  • Able to show situational awareness and application of good decision making
  • Ability to effectively teach clinical skills
  • Ability to critically appraise published evidence
  • Evidence engagement with appraisal and revalidation


  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice, and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice, and clinical quality improvement initiatives

Other Requirements

  • Demonstrates an interest and commitment to the specialty
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda.
  • Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities.
  • Understands the impact on equality, diversity, and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role model our Trust values every day
  • Understands and can demonstrate the values of the NHS constitution





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