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Consultant Clinical Scientist

Band 8c

Main area
Band 8c
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Royal Derby Hospital
£65,664 - £75,874 per annum
Salary period
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 to apply for a new Consultant Microbiologist or Consultant Clinical Scientist 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 at the Burton site.

The post attracts 10 programmed activities (or 37.5 hours for clinical scientists), 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 UHDB, 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 alongside ward rounds. Candidates will be encouraged to develop areas of special interest.

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

· Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients

· We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week

· An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country

· Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day

· We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres

· We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres

· We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

· We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites

· We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 4 November 2021

Interview date: TBC

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.

The 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 meetings 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 required 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 the Trust. You 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 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

Agreed category A

On–call supplement 8%

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


Essential criteria
  • Registered Clinical Scientist
Armed Forces CovenantNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Step into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gerry van Schwalkwyk
Job title
Clinical Director for Derbyshire Pathology
Email address
Telephone number
01332 789323

If you have problems applying, contact

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