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Consultant Clinical Microbiologist


Main area
  • Full time
  • Part time
10 sessions per week (Out-of-hours on-call commitment (1:4) attracting a band A supplement.)
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Blackpool Teaching Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
15/12/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

Applications are invited for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals to join our friendly and dynamic team within the Microbiology Department at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for the post of Consultant Clinical Microbiologist to help us build the service and continue to improve it for the future. 

The Microbiology team have developed and effectively deliver a ward based infection management strategy with the support of the clinical teams. You will have a can do attitude, be flexible and enjoy working with people of a similar mind who are as motivated as you are to deliver high standards of work in a supportive, responsive and friendly environment. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Main duties of the job

For further details please refer to Job Description and Person Specification, or to arrange a visit contact Dr Palmer Consultant Microbiologists on 01253 953754 or via switchboard 01253 300000.

Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a forward looking and innovative place to work and is committed to values based collaborative leadership and being a "great place to work".

The successful candidate will be working within the Clinical Support Division. Pathology services come under Clinical Support Division and Infection Prevention Control is part of Corporate Clinical Governance. The Pathology services provides diagnostic support for primary care (Blackpool CCG & Fylde and Wyre CCG), General Practitioners across the Fylde Coast and a number of peripheral hospital services. We hold contracts for Pathology services with Spire Fylde Coast Hospital - Local private providers.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further details please refer to Job Description and Person Specification, or to arrange a visit contact Dr Palmer Consultant Microbiologists on 01253 953754 or via switchboard 01253 300000.

For further information about the role and department we welcome you to view the link below.

Person specification

Legal Requirement

Essential criteria
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligible for inclusion within 6 months of interview date delete this as not correct for locum
  • Full registration with the GMC

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Qualification (MB CHB or equivalent)
  • FRCPath or equivalent qualification
  • If an applicant is UK trained, they must 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. If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT
Desirable criteria
  • MRCP(UK) or equivalent qualification

Clinical Experience in Specialty/Sub-specialty

Essential criteria
  • Must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in the management of Infection and laboratory liaison.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Ward Based Microbiology service delivery
  • Infection Prevention, Antibiotic Review
  • Service and Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Experience in other medical specialities and the development of new services


Essential criteria
  • Experience in teaching/training undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills - both oral and written
Desirable criteria
  • Computer and IT Skills
  • Educational qualification or equivalent

Management Skills

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of NHS organisation and core values of NHS
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Participation in a management training course

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

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

Dr S Shaktawat
Job title
Lead Pathology Consultant
Email address
Telephone number
01253 956574
Additional information

Dr R Palmer - Lead Microbiology Consultant

Email: Dr.Palmer@nhs.net