Consultant Microbiology / Microbiologist– Middlesex United Kingdom via Workplace Doctors on a fixed term/ permanent basis.
***Location: Middlesex – United Kingdom
***Speciality: Microbiology / Microbiologist
*** Role: Consultant / ST 7 / Post CCT / CESR
***Duration: Fixed Term / Permanent
***Pay rate: £NEGOTIABLE (dependent on experience £74,504 to £100,446 a year)
***Start date: ASAP
*** GMC Registration Required ( General Medical Council) Essential
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***CESR / CCT or Post CCT (within 6 month of job offer) or equivalent overseas qualification.
This is the replacement post of one of the consultants in Microbiology department. The post will be full- time substantive appointment . The appointee will also be the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Doctor for the trust.
Infectious diseases contribute a large part to the clinical case mix , as the hospital serves a very culturally diverse and socially deprived population. This presents unique challenges and opportunities for the microbiology & infection services. All clinicians at the hospital including acute and general physicians and surgeons are involved in infection management, and the microbiology and infection services are providing daily clinical, diagnostic and epidemiological support to them.
The hospital has one of the larger HIV centres, with 3.2 WTE consultants looking after a cohort of 1200 patients, of whom one is an Infectious Diseases specialist and the other 2.2 GUM. The HIV department and Clinical Microbiology are working closely together. The hospital is the main treatment centre for tuberculosis for outer North Central London, managed by the Chest Physicians. There is a developing viral hepatitis service in collaboration with a nearby hospital.
The Microbiology department is a Fully CPA Accredited laboratory service housed in a purpose built laboratory block completed in 1981. In 2016 a new Rapid Response Laboratory will be opened and the core laboratory will move to Central London as part of the joint venture reorganisation). Pathology consists of four departments, Microbiology (including serology and molecular diagnostics), Chemistry (including Immunology), Cellular Pathology, and Haematology (including Blood Transfusion). All departments have a Consultant Head of Department and a technical manager. The management structure is in accord with the recommendations of the Strategic Review of Pathology Services.
There are three fulltime consultant posts, one of which is currently vacant.
- Consultant Microbiologist and Specialty Lead for the department. He is also Educational Supervisor for the Microbiology SpR and FY2.
- Consultant Microbiologist – Antimicrobial Lead
- Vacant post – Consultant in Microbiology or Consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases – Infection and Prevention Control Interim Lead.
The current job plans include a weekly rotation 1:3 for daytime roles between Acute Clinical Cover, Infection Prevention and Control and Antibiotic Stewardship.
- The new post holder will become the Interim Lead Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control supporting the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) and the Consultant Nurse in Infection and Prevention Control.
- The advertised post is suitable for colleague with CCT in Clinical Microbiology with or without dual accreditation in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
- Specialist Registrars within 3 months of achieving CCT in Clinical Microbiology or dual CCT in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases are also eligible.
General Duties– guideline only
Clinical and Professional
- Clinical consultations and ward rounds as per departmental rota. These will consist of appropriate recommendations on the investigation, management and antimicrobial treatment of patients with infection.
- To provide advice to General Practitioners on the investigation and management of infectious diseases.
- To contribute with other consultant colleagues for an efficient, cost effective and comprehensive diagnostic microbiology service.
- Participation in authorisation of reports and providing advice where required.
- Participation on antibiotic stewardship as per departmental rota. e.g. AMU/ ACU referrals, antibiotic ward rounds and ID clinic.
- Participation in the on call rota on 1:3 basis.
Infection Prevention & Control Lead
The Director of Nursing is the Trust’s Director for Infection Prevention & Control (DIPC) who has the ultimate responsibility in infection and prevention control matters. The Consultant Nurse in Infection and Prevention Control is Associate DIPC. The post holder will work closely with them, providing professional advice and leadership in IP&C:
- To be proactive in the control and prevention of infection on the wards.
- To advocate amongst consultant colleagues and trainee doctors for a culture and practice of consistent infection prevention & control.
- To help investigate and manage outbreaks of hospital infection in conjunction with Consultant Nurse in Infection and Prevention Control, Infection Control Nurses and the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.
- To provide input and advice on matters relating to hospital infection control e.g. surveillance of infection, advice to decontamination and water safety lead (currently, Consultant Nurse in Infection Prevention and Control) and matters related to operating theatres where arise.
- To provide support and input in reviewing and updating Infection Prevention & Control policies in conjunction with the Nurse Consultant and Senior Nurse Specialist in Infection Control.
- To participate in setting and maintaining quality standards for Infection Control.
- To Provide support to DIPC and Consultant Nurse in Infection Control by giving input to Infection and Prevention Control annual programme.
- To participate actively in the monthly Infection Prevention Control Committee meeting chaired by DIPC.
Other roles and responsibilities
The post holder will work with colleagues and the Clinical Audit and Effectiveness department to ensure that relevant clinical audit is carried out. Consultants have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in their charge and for the proper functioning of their department. They are expected to undertake administrative duties associated with the care of their patients and the running of their clinical departments. The appointee will be expected to take responsibility for maintaining their continuing medical education to the standard set by the relevant Royal College and to plan their continuing professional development jointly with the Trust to develop the clinical service. The appointee is encouraged to organise and develop their research interests.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to establish informal links with the other consultants in the hospital, and it is hoped that s/he will establish collaborative research with other departments.
The Hospital Consultant body meets monthly as the Medical Staff Committee (MSC) to discuss issues affecting the Medical Staff as a whole. The postholder would therefore be expected to make efforts to attend when possible.
All consultants are expected to participate in the management of their own Department and the Hospital as a whole, and will be encouraged to develop their management and leadership skills. Therefore it is expected the postholder will make efforts to attend their care group’s management meetings where possible.
The postholder will be provided with office space, secretarial support and access to the internet via computer facilities.
General Responsibilities as Consultant in Clinical Microbiology & Infection
The following is not an exhaustive or exclusive list of the duties of a consultant. The appointee is expected to:
- Provide senior clinician services in Clinical Microbiology & Infection as per job plan or as
- agreed within the Trust, and as required when on call.
- Work with consultant colleagues, laboratory and nursing staff to ensure efficient use of
- Trust’s resources and contribute actively to clinical governance in the department and to
- development of quality enhancement projects in the unit.
- Provide senior clinician services to area of special interest as per the job plan or as agreed within the Trust.
- Show flexibility and undertake different appropriate clinical tasks within allocated DCC sessions at the request of the clinical manager, as the need arises.
- Actively participate in the Unit’s Teaching Programme and undertake supervision, teaching and training of medical trainees and other multi-professional staff, in line with guidance from the relevant Royal Colleges or specialty bodies
- Actively participate in clinical guidelines development, audit and CPD.
This is a whole time post with a minimum of 10 Programmed activities. The balance between Direct Clinical Care and Supporting Professional Activities will be agreed with the post holder in the final job plan. The SPA allocation is 1.5 for personal CME, audit and revalidation requirements including departmental meetings. Additional SPAs may be allocated for specific agreed objectives for the trust subject to the agreement of the Clinical Director.
All Job Plans are reviewed at least annually, with the Medical Lead/Clinical Director, who is the Line Manager
It is Trust policy to offer a DCC to SPA split of 8.5 to 1.5 PAs for new appointees, but further SPAs can be provided for specified roles during the job planning review, including up to 1 SPA for Quality and Service roles approved prospectively by the Clinical Director and Director of Operations. In the case of this post, the role as consultant lead for IP&C will constitute a suitable Quality and Service role for 1 PA, resulting in 7.5 PA direct clinical care (DCC) and 2.5 PA Supportive Professional Activity (SPA).
The job plans of the current three posts are based on weekly rotation between three roles. Job plans are reviewed annually, usually following an appraisal meeting. Applicants are encouraged to study the provisions of the Consultant Contract for England 2003 under which this post is offered
On call commitment
The on-call commitment is currently 1:3
Flexible job planning
Candidates wishing to work less than 10 PA’s are invited to discuss their interest with the Clinical Director. Job share arrangements and other adaptation of the job plan to the suitable candidate’s needs may be accommodated if the evolving service needs can be met.
Subsequent job plans and timetables will be agreed annually with the Clinical Director.
Office accommodation will be provided for the appointee with secretarial support.
All Consultants are required to attend the monthly Directorate Meetings. Post holders will be expected to share in administrative duties allocated by mutual agreement within the Directorate. As part of the Consultant Team, the consultant will offer mentoring support and lead the existing clinical team through, one-to-one support, individual case management and complex cases, identifying development needs and suggesting CPD (Continuous Professional Development) opportunities and responding to clinical enquiries via e-mail and telephone.
The Trust is a teaching hospital Trust, and the consultant will be required to participate in programmes for teaching clinical students, training junior doctors and in clinical examinations. The post-holder’s contribution to teaching, training and research will be included in the regular job plan review. Teaching will take place during programmed activities and flexibly at other times.
Clinical Governance & Audit
The consultant will participate in clinical governance activities, including clinical audit, clinical effectiveness, risk management, quality improvement activities as required by the Trust, and external accrediting bodies. There are 6 half day clinical governance meetings per annum which substitute regular fixed sessions. There is a weekly consultant meeting before MDT on Friday to discuss any issues during the week and to plan for next week.
Personal & Professional Development
The post-holder will be required to keep himself/herself fully up-to-date with their relevant area of practice and be able to demonstrate this to the satisfaction of the Trust.
The Trust supports the requirements for continuing professional development as laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities.
Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK, provides greater assurance to patients, the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients.
The Trust fully supports the GMC’s Revalidation agenda and we have a dedicated Revalidation Support Team who support the co-ordination of Revalidation and medical appraisal activity, providing personalised support for all consultants, which includes the facilitation of 360° Multi-Source Feedback, providing advice and guidance on completing appraisal documentation and sourcing evidence.
The Trust supports Royal College guidance on provision of mentors for new consultants in line with GMC recommendations. All newly appointed consultant staff are provided with a list of locally trained mentors who are available for ongoing support as required
Workplace Doctors are looking for medical professionals with UK & Overseas experience: that possesses the following qualities:
*** Ability to act as part of a team
*** Ability to cope with a varying work load
*** IELTS (English Language, overall score 7.5) – overseas doctors only
*** GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) – We can provide guidance if needed
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***Post CESR or CCT obtained (CCT – Certificate of Completion of Training) or (CESR- Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)
Note: The Trust operates a policy whereby all employment for staff that have access to children/vulnerable adults will be subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure (Disclosure and Barring Service) The Criminal Records Bureau ( CRB ) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority ( ISA ) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ). CRB checks are now called DBS checks. Overseas candidates will required a international police check or character reference.
We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. Additionally, people with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post.
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