Consultant in Public Health Infections

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£73,936 - £105,042 per annum
23 Apr 2019
14 May 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Part Time

South West

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support.

PHE’s Field Service was established to provide a national comprehensive service which is geographically dispersed and integrates epidemiological and microbiological capacity and skills, securing outbreak investigations that are consistently of the highest quality. The Field Service provides an effector arm for PHE’s National Infection Service, supporting the translation of evidence into practice as well as having a role in strengthening surveillance through closer links with the NHS and other partners.

The Field Service has reorganised its Public Health Microbiology arm to create a nationally-integrated team of infection specialists including; microbiologists, virologists, clinical scientists and infectious diseases physicians.  As a result, the role historically filled by Lead Public Health Microbiologists has changed to meet the evolving functions of the Field Service in response to the new diagnostic and healthcare landscape.  

The successful candidate appointed will be responsible for advising on commissioning, oversight of the quality, analysis and interpretation of public health microbiology tests and associated meta-data across their relevant area as well as the joint delivery of public health services locally in the Field Service and contributing to the national services of the National Infection Service.

The candidate must be included on the GMC Specialist Register and must meet minimum CPD requirements in accordance with the requirements of the Royal College of Pathologists/Royal College of Physicians or hold equivalent training and experience commensurate with AfC Band 8D Clinical Scientist. 

The successful candidate will be appointed to the Consultant salary scale appropriate to their years of seniority or if from a background other than medicine to NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d. The 5 PAs for this role will be integrated into the candidate’s existing job plan following negotiation.

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Closing date: 14 May 2019

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see the job description for competencies.

Interested applicants wishing to learn more about this post can contact Dr Miles Denton, Interim Head of Public Health Microbiology & Infectious Diseases via email (

Additional sessions may also be available to support global health programmes. If you are interested and wish to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Isabel Oliver via email (

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