Skip to main content

This job has expired

Consultant Microbiologist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year Dependant on experience
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

University Hospitals Plymouth is looking to expand the scope of their Microbiology and Infectious Diseases team. Due to retirement, we are seeking applicants who are interested in working as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist, accredited Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Consultant, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, or as a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Medical Microbiology. The role will allow the Department to develop the staffing model. The successful candidate will form part of a consultants, substantive Clinical Scientist and one in training. A specialist doctor has also recently been appointed to join the team. The advertised post compromises 10 programme activities a week, applicants who wish to work less than full time are welcomed. The appointee will be part of the team providing a comprehensive and effective clinical microbiology, mycology and virology service to the Trust, local GPs and other service users, including an expanding virtual ward. UHP is the largest hospital in the Southwest Peninsula and hosts tertiary services including regional neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, renal transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, prosthetic joint revision service and regional neonatal intensive care. This provides the opportunity to be involved in managing a wide range of complex and interesting infections, supported by a comprehensive on-site microbiology laboratory service.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will be expected to liaise in a timely manner with clinicians, hospital staff, Medical Microbiologists, General Practitioners and Health Protection Teams concerning the diagnosis and management of patients and control and prevention of infections, including the provision of telephone advice out of hours. The appointee is expected to encourage good antibiotic stewardship and admission avoidance. The appointee will develop relationships with the staff in the clinical areas for which they are responsible which will include attending multi-disciplinary team meetings and participating in other clinical or audit meetings as required. Other clinical and laboratory areas covered will be agreed between medical staff to make maximum use of individual's skills and interests. Members of the Department take part in the meetings of the Laboratory Management Team, Pathology committees, Medicines Governance Committee, the Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Committee and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Steering Group and liaise closely with the local UK Health Security Agency Health Protection Team.

About us

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital in the South West Peninsula. It is a major trauma centre and hosts tertiary services for neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, renal transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, neonatal intensive care, and prosthetic joint revision surgery. There is ample scope for development of specialist interests within infection management, and the trust has an active research department. The state of the art microbiology department is based in purpose built laboratories and offers a wide range of diagnostic testing, and a full SARS-CoV-2 testing service (PCR and antibody). The locality has seen low numbers of COVID-19 cases throughout this pandemic, and a wide variety of clinical microbiology work continues.

New ways of working arising from the COVID19 pandemic have shown that there is flexibility for working from home when clinical commitments allow, and the 10PA job plan (including 1:7 on-call) is usually worked across 4 weekdays.

Plymouth offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities and a vibrant urban culture, lying on the beautiful natural harbour that is Plymouth Sound with rugged Dartmoor to the north and surrounded by the unspoilt beaches of Cornwall and South Devon.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description.

The appointee will be required to maintain General Medical Council (GMC) full and specialist registration with a licence to practise and revalidation, and should follow the GMCs Code of Good Medical Practice.The appointment will be covered by the National Health Services Terms and Conditions of Service for Hospital, Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales) and the General Whitley Council Conditions of Service.

Person Specification



  • Full and specialist registration (and with a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • Applicants that are UK trained 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 are non-UK trained will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT
  • FRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification


  • M/FRCP or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • MB BS or evidence of equivalent qualification



  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in Medical Microbiology and Virology
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
  • Attended appropriate basic speciality courses Clinical experience and thorough knowledge of the principles of good Infection, Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Evidence of ability to deal with requests for complex advice on call
  • Broad range of IT skills
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice Attended appropriate basic specialty courses
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology, management and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries


  • Evidence of a special interest that complements those of the other Consultants in the Department
  • Understanding of the structure and workings of the NHS
  • Attended appropriate courses and meetings in the last 6 years covering the spectrum of the entire Speciality

Interpersonal skills


  • Ability to take responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff
  • Good time management
  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Good IT skills and knowledge

Clinical governance and audit


  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Participation in continuing professional development and, where relevant, evidence of satisfactory participation in a CPD scheme
  • Knowledge of the principles involved in good quality research
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation in relevant audit projects


  • Evidence of involvement in research and a current research interest
  • Publications in the area of Medical Microbiology in peer reviewed journals
  • Presentations in the area of medical microbiology at local/ regional/national/ international meetings
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm to continue with research and clinical audit



Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert

Similar jobs