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Consultant Microbiologist

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Microbiology
Grade
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 10 sessions per week (10 plus 1.5 APA)
Job ref
320-MD-3243920-CO
Site
Burton / Derby
Town
Burton and Derby
Salary
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
04/11/2021 23:59

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

Applications are invited for a new Consultant Microbiologist post at University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Trust (UHDB) to join the current team of 6 Microbiologists. This is a new post to support the expansion of the current infection service over to the Burton site. The post attracts 10 programmed activities, with the post holder being expected to work flexibly across the Acute Trusts hospital sites (Derby and Burton). Applications would also be welcome from those wishing to work part-time. You would join a multi-disciplinary department aiming to deliver a clinically orientated, forward thinking infection service across UHDB.

Main duties of the job

There are currently microbiology laboratories on both the Royal Derby and Queens Hospital Burton sites, providing comprehensive diagnostic microbiology services to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton acute Trusts, Derbyshire and Staffordshire general practices and local private healthcare providers. The role will encompass but is not limited to clinical reporting, participation in MDTs, antimicrobial stewardship, clinical consults, infection prevention and control and ward rounds. Candidates will be encouraged to develop areas of special interest.

Working for our organisation

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In terms of location, Derby and Burton offer the best of both worlds – city life on the doorstep of a stunning rural environment. We border the National Forest and we are in easy reach of the Peak District, offering outstanding natural beauty. Centrally located, we have excellent transport links to the rest of the country including major cities.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to participate with the current medical staff in the provision of an infection consultation service, infection rounds on specialist units, the interpretation of laboratory reports and the on-call infection service rota.

Team deliver leadership for

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Infection control
  • Community infection control

Main Clinical Activities

  • Liaison and ward/department visits to discuss individual clinical cases and infection prevention and control issues within the hospital
  • Ward visits especially to ICU, renal, haematology and NICU/SCBU.
  • Advice regarding diagnostic tests, antibiotic usage, interpretation of results, general patient management to GPs – usually telephone advice on individual patients.
  • Validation of and interpretation of laboratory test results.
  • Ward rounds and patient discussion groups
  • Antibiotic stewardship rounds  
  • Attend clinical antibiotic guideline group and antibiotic sub group.

Infection Prevention Duties

  • Attendance  at Trust Infection Control Committee (ICC) /Infection Control Operational Group(ICOG)
  • Decontamination Operational Group(DOG) and outbreak/SUI meetings/ HCAI RCA meetings as per rota
  • Weekly difficile review group/MDT and MSSA review group
  • Advise and support the IPCNs in day-to-day activities.
  • Water management meeting and addressing/managing issues with legionella and pseudomonas

 Educational and other activities

  • This includes participation in the preparation and writing policies and SOPs; collecting and analysing audit and surveillance data; responses to various documents; writing educational PowerPoint presentations; checking minutes of meetings.
  • Involvement in quality assurance performance within the department, including taking part in all relevant national external quality assurance (NEQAS) programmes.
  • Involvement in achieving and maintaining full accreditation with Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd/ISO, or an equivalent agency.
  • Teaching and training a wide range of health care workers

 Managerial Arrangements

In conjunction with the Laboratory Manager, you will be expected to manage all aspects of laboratory work on a day-to-day basis including supervision of specimen examination and reporting. To continually assess methods used and to maintain UKAS standards, ensuring continuation of full accreditation of the service.  The appointee will also work closely with other service providers such as the Biomedical Scientists, Infection Prevention Nurses and Antibiotics Pharmacists in the day-to-day provision of an efficient and effective Microbiology and Infection Prevention service in Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  The employee will assist with the responsibility for use and security of the Trust’s assets, including their own use, and ensuring correct use by others.

You will also be expected to support business planning including introduction of new methods, support the Microbiology Manager in budgetary management and assist with Policy and SOP preparation

Job Plan

 A job plan will be agreed between the appointee and the Assistant Clinical Director, on behalf of the Executive Medical Director. The job plan for the first 3 months is on average 10 programmed activities per week. 

 Job plan rotates over 4 week cycle

Week 1 - On call microbiologist Monday to Friday, this can be worked off site

Week 2 – Duty microbiologist, clinical  and laboratory liaison, community/ hospital  

Week 3 - Renal, neonatal, ITU ward round, teaching, MDT, antibiotic ward round /review of antibiotic audit, Week end on call Friday to Monday

Week 4 – Infection control duties + attending IC meetings, update IC policy, MDT, HACI RCA meeting, audit, DCHS meetings & policy review

 On-call Availability

On-call availability supplement:

On-call Rota 1 in 5

The appointee will be expected to participate in this rota, providing an out-of-hours emergency service (weekend 72 hours) on a shared basis, 1:5 with other consultants within the department and one night/week. Due to the complex nature of the advice on call period, attracts a Class A supplement.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practice
  • GMC Specialist Registration or within 6 months of gaining CCT or equivalent
  • Fellowship of Royal college of pathologist (FRCPath)
Desirable criteria
  • Additional higher medical / scientific degree relevant to the specialty

Management / Teaching /Audit

Essential criteria
  • Experience of & commitment to teaching undergraduates & postgraduates
  • Experience of supervising F1, F2, ST trainees.
  • Experience of & commitment to clinical audit
Desirable criteria
  • Attended a management course for consultants
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Gerry van Schwalkwyk
Job title
Clinical Director for Derbyshire Pathology
Email address
gerhard.vanschalkwyk1@nhs.net
Telephone number
01332 789323