+441234889213 Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4NS Mon - Fri 9.00 - 18.00. Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Northamptonshire NHS Consultant Post CCT ST7+ Pathology- Virology Pathologist United Kingdom

Northamptonshire NHS Consultant Post CCT ST7+ Pathology- Virology Pathologist United Kingdom via Workplace Doctors on a fixed term/ permanent basis.

***Location: Northamptonshire – United Kingdom
***Speciality: Pathology- Virology Virologist
*** Role: Consultant / ST 7+ / Post CCT / CESR
***Duration: Fixed Term / Permanent (NOT Locum Basis)
***Pay rate: £NEGOTIABLE (dependent on experience £79,860 to £110,465 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.


Our Northamptonshire NHS client prides itself on being a friendly and caring place to work where the aim to combine our patient first approach with innovative and creativity against a backdrop of holistic team working, as encapsulated in their vision and values.

This is a full-time Consultant post designed to support the provision of a high quality infection management service in Northamptonshire, augmenting the existing Clinical Virology and Infectious Diseases services and contributing to antimicrobial stewardship through the appropriate diagnosis and management of infection. The Virology Laboratory is based at the a hospital in Northamptonshire and Infectious Diseases is based at nearby facility

Applicants will be required to have full GMC Registration and be eligible to be included on the specialist register. UK trained applicants should also 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.


The Virology Service is integrated with the Department of Clinical Microbiology, whose laboratories are located on hospital estates.

A large number of specialties requiring clinical microbiological support are provided in Northamptonshire including General Medicine, General Surgery, Elderly Care, Critical Care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics (including a PICU and two large neonatal units), Clinical Haematology (including bone marrow transplantation), Oncology, Cystic Fibrosis, Renal Dialysis, Renal Transplantation, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases & Genito-Urinary Medicine (both providing HIV services), Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery, Regional Trauma Centre, Orthopaedics, Burns, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and CICU.

The current service workload based on recent activity data is approximately 618,000 with 304,000 bacteriology and 114,000 virology/serology work types a year, two thirds of which is acute hospital diagnostic work and the remaining one third of the work is for general practitioners.

There is a dedicated Virology/Serology/ Molecular (VSM) section of the laboratory staffed by BMS staff on rotation, dedicated senior BMS and Clinical Scientist staff, and a Research and Development section headed up by a Consultant Clinical Scientist. The major equipment platforms that the Bacteriology laboratory uses include in the bacteriology section are BD Bactec FX Blood Culture system x 5, BD Bactec MGIT 960 Automated Liquid TB culture, Bruker MALDI-TOF, Sysmex UF1000 and Beckman Coulter MicroScan Walkaway 96 Susceptibility testing system x 2. In VSM the major platforms are Diasorin Liaison XL, Siemens Advia Centaur XPT Immunoassay analyser, Biomerieux VIDAS V3, DS2 EILSA system, Biomerieux easyMAG x2, BD VIPER, Cepheid GeneXpert, Ausdiagnostics High-Plex x 2, Altona AltoStar, ABI 7500 x3, ABI FAST, BioRad CFX 96 x 4, Abbott M2000 and Abbott AlinityM x 2 with dedicated PCR rooms.

The molecular repertoire includes respiratory virus PCR, SARS-CoV-2 PCR, bloodborne virus, neurological virus, CMV and EBV PCRs.

The department is actively involved in the clinical management of microbiological and virological problems with regular ward rounds and liaison with the specialist units, works closely with colleagues in Infectious Diseases and supports antimicrobial stewardship within the trust and community.

The ethos of the Department is an integrated approach to academic and clinical work to the mutual advantage of both. Teaching and research benefit maximally from the rich source of clinical material generated by one of the largest medical microbiology centres in the UK, while the quality of NHS and Public Health work benefits from the stimulus of clinically related research activities and the international links of the research teams.

General Duties– guideline only


  • To provide a comprehensive Virology service, including full clinical liaison, to
  1. Clinicians at NHS Trust.
  2. General Practitioners in the health community i.e. Northamptonshire
  3. Other users of the Microbiology service in  Northamptonshire
  • To be involved in the collection of epidemiological data in close liaison with the Regional Epidemiologist. To be involved in surveillance and prevention programmes as appropriate.
  • To take a lead role in the development of virological/ molecular diagnostic techniques to meet the increasing demands of clinical users. This includes the involvement in investigations of outbreaks of viral disease and liaison with advice to local CCDCs.
  • To pursue research actively in medical virology and its associated epidemiology.
  • To be involved in the training of Specialty trainees, FY2s, scientific and BMS staff.
  • Provision of reciprocal cover for periods of leave
  • To contribute, as required, to the teaching of microbiology to undergraduates and postgraduates within the School of Molecular Medical Sciences.
  • To take part in Medical Audit and Quality Control within the laboratory and in other fora.
  • To pursue a programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) with the Royal College of Pathologists and to participate in annual Individual Performance Reviews (IPR) and Consultant appraisals. To contribute to the requirements of Clinical Governance.
  • To participate as appropriate in day-to-day Infection Control activities for the acute NHS and the health community. The duties of the Infection Control doctor at the hospital. The designation of the Infection Control doctors for the acute trust and primary care, Antimicrobial lead Consultant, Training Programme Director and Microbiology Lead Clinician is by mutual agreement between the Head of Service and the other consultant microbiologists, and is reviewed every 3 years or earlier if required.
  • Share in the administrative duties associated with the running of a clinical laboratory.

Infectious Diseases

  • The appointee will contribute to one clinic per week (1 PA), in which patients with HIV, tuberculosis and general Infectious Diseases will be seen.
  • Inpatient care will be shared between consultants and the new appointee on a rotational basis. Because of rotational involvement inpatient work over the whole year will average 1 PA per week.
  • The out of hours on call rota for Infectious Diseases will be shared between 3 Consultants and amounts to 1 PA. During the week this will comprise receiving telephone enquiries on Infectious Diseases. At weekends, in addition to this, there will be a requirement to review new admissions and existing inpatients. Weekend on call is supported by an Infectious Diseases SpR, when available. The time includes handover on Monday morning.
  • The organisation of the timetable will try to minimise travelling between each campus each day.
  • As with any new post and changing work demands, the Job Plan will be reviewed no later than after one year to ensure that it is fulfilling for the appointee and the service.

Job Plan

Regular job planning meetings will be undertaken with the post holder to ensure that the appointee is remunerated for any additional activities undertaken and that the job plan accurately reflects the overall workload undertaken by the post holder.

The supporting professional activities (SPAs) allocation within the provisional job plan is an illustrative guide and will be finalised following individual agreement with successful candidates.

Further discussion on supporting professional activities will depend on the Trust’s requirements and the individual’s particular expertise.

The job Plan will be reviewed and agreed with the post-holder at appointment.


This is as described in the Medical and Dental Terms and Conditions, in line with the Consultant Contract (2003). The current full time salary scale (as of July 2020) ranges from £79,860 to £110,465 a year with eight thresholds.

The on call supplement is Category A and attracts a supplement of 5% of basic salary.

Office Accommodation

Office accommodation will be provided for the appointee with secretarial support.

Management Responsibility

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 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.

  • To provide conditions for improved training opportunities in line with national and local recommendations arising out of GMC and related requirements
  • To supervise and manage the work of his/her junior medical staff and participate in the training and development of these staff to the standards required by the Royal Colleges.

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 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.

Personal Responsibilities


All confidential information, including patient records, individual staff records, details of contract prices and terms and any other confidential information, must under no circumstances be divulged or passed on to any unauthorised person or persons. The penalty for breach of confidentiality will normally be summary dismissal.

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
*** 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)
****IELTS and PLAB Exam Part 1 & 2 (IELTS, overall score 7.5) – overseas doctors
****GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) – We can provide guidance if needed

Doctors guide to working in the UK – Click here

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 require an international police check or character reference.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.

At Workplace Doctors we welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.  Candidates will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Workplace Doctors is a recruitment agency that offers locum, fixed term, permanent & locum medical jobs to cover the NHS, HSE, public and private sectors for Doctors and Nurses, AHP medical professionals.

We look forward to helping you progress your career and find you the ideal position.

Call us today on +44 (0) 1234 889213 to discuss this vacancy or email your CV along with your GMC Registration to info@workplacedoctors.co.uk  You are able to also apply online (see below)