Consultant in Microbiology

  • £88,364 - £119,000
  • North West
  • Fixed

Main Duties:

  • Direct and supervisory involvement in test selection, timely specimen analysis, validation, and interpretation of results for prompt transmission to clinical teams and other laboratories. Involvement in all aspects of service quality, including NEQAS, internal quality control and training. Appropriate involvement and leadership in new and revised developments, policies, and EPs relevant to consultant medical virologist duties.
  • Virology Authorising Manual approval
  • Provision and development of clinical, diagnostic, treatment, and prevention services, in collaboration with appropriate clinical colleagues defined in Professional Relationships. This will include involvement in, and development of, integrated clinical services where these are needed, for example with Antenatal Screening Services, Occupational Health, Renal, Oncology and Transplant patients.
  • Provision of advice on all aspects of hospital infection control where viral infections are being considered, in close liaison with the Director of Infection Prevention and Control and the Infection Control Doctor.
  • Participation in the audit of laboratory and clinical practice with clinical colleagues. Within the laboratory this would include all aspects of UKAS accreditation.
  • Participation in the professional development of consultant Microbiology colleagues, trainee doctors in medical Virology and Microbiology and other disciplines. This will enable a wider base of colleagues to be available who can give updated advice on common Virology problems. Central to this is participation in a recognised program for Continuing Professional Development.
  • Collaboration with colleagues in the PHE central reference and epidemiological centres in reporting and investigation of infections, outbreaks, and involvement in surveys etc.
  • Provision with consultant and other colleagues and when necessary, with the support of PHE Colindale of microbiological and epidemiological support, including surveillance, for:
  • Consultants in Communicable Disease Control
  • DoH and NHS Management Executive
  • Clinical Staff in Hospitals and the community, within the Northwest Region.
  • Health & Safety: to ensure health, safety and welfare are afforded priority and to lead by example.
  • Managerial duties as agreed with the Head of Service for PMS including arrangements or managing resources and funding, and preparation of business cases and plans.

The Department:

The Microbiology Laboratory at the hospital is fully accredited for its clinical work by the United Kingdom Accreditation System (UKAS).

The Department is accredited for the training of BMS staff and is seeking to establish accreditation for Clinical Scientist Training and FRCPath trainees. The current annual workload is approximately 470,000 requests of which are made of from a combination of the acute hospital diagnostic service accounts and GPs. This is a large and complex Microbiology service with a wide repertoire of analytical procedures provided for a broad range of clients. In addition to provision of clinical Microbiology and infection control services to the hospital and relevant general practitioners, Virology services are provided to the Trust and local GPs as well as GUM and other community services.

The location:

The town is located in the North West of England, in Lancashire. It is home to a long beach, promenade, and three Victorian piers. Those attractions often encourage tourists to visit and have a stroll along the seafront, but the city offers much more than seaside amusements. The hospital itself is not located in the city centre. It is based in very picturesque surroundings with lots of greenery around. There are golf courses to enjoy, and it’s next to the zoo, one of the UK’s best animal parks! You may find yourself listening to the sound of parrots or elephants on your walk to the hospital!

As an IMG living here, you’ll likely settle down away from the bustling seafront; instead, you can make the most of the friendly and diverse neighbourhoods you’ll find throughout the town. Here are just some of the things that make this city an excellent place to live:

  • Affordable Accommodation
  • Easy Transportation Links
  • A diverse community
  • Local Community


To apply for this position, you will need the following:

  • Full GMC registration with a license to practice.
  • A wide range of experience in Microbiology


  • MRCP
  • FRCPath or Equivalent

How BDI Resourcing can support

When choosing to apply for your next role with BDI Resourcing, you’ll have the full support of an expert recruitment team who will assist, as standard, with:

  • CV Preparation using our recognised bespoke guidance
  • Application support with expert knowledge of specialisms, NHS and local support
  • Video based Interview Preparation using specific example questions according to job role
  • Contract and offer negotiations for salary, relocation packages, tenure and more

Once you have accepted your new role, you’ll then be met by one of our dedicated relocation executives who will guide you through all the way to starting to your new role including:

  • Document gathering and checking
  • COS and Visa Application support if applicable
  • Short- and long-term accommodation sourcing
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Family support for finding schools and any other aspects of pastoral care

How to Apply

To apply for this role, simply send your CV through to and one of our specialist medicine team can pick it up. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please email your queries through to the same address and one of our team will be in touch.

Daniel Platts Director

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