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Consultant Medical Microbiologist

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
31/03/2023 15:00

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

Consultant Medical Microbiologist/Joint Infectious Diseases/Microbiology

We are excited to offer this rare opportunity for the post of Consultant Medical Microbiologist in the Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA) department of Medical Microbiology based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the Norwich Research Park.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work in a cutting-edge environment that does not come around very often. If you have the experience, knowledge, and qualifications for this position we want to hear from you.

The world class facilities and exceptional work the existing staff undertake make Norwich Research Park highly respected and the fourth most highly cited UK location after London, Oxford and Cambridge. The successful candidate will become part of a team with other eight Medical Microbiologists and two Medical Virologists sharing the provision of day to day clinical microbiology and virology covering a wide and diverse area.  


Main duties of the job

The appointment is to the QEHKL, and the candidate will be based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn. 

Contribute to the provision of a comprehensive microbiology service for all users of the laboratory. The consultant will rotate with his/her colleagues to provide either Infection Prevention and Control doctor role or Antibiotic stewardship role. This will happen by mutual agreement.

Give a consultation and advisory service to medical colleagues in other specialties in the QEHKL and to GPs and other healthcare professionals in Primary Care. Out of hours (on-call) service includes provision of advisory services to James Paget University Hospital and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, in addition to QEHKL.

Liaise with medical staff in other specialties and participate in regular clinical meetings and other postgraduate activities of the QEHKL

Take part in the Royal College of Pathologists continuing medical education programme. The Trust will provide study leave expenses in line with national terms and conditions of service.



Working for our organisation

The EPA is an innovative and progressive collaboration that provides networked diagnostic services in Medical Microbiology, Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Blood Transfusion to NNUHFT, James Paget University Hospital (Great Yarmouth), Queen Elizabeth Hospital (King’s Lynn) and GPs and Community Services across Norfolk.

Across the EPA our hardworking and dedicated team process the 6th largest volume of tests in the UK backed up with an annual budget of approximately £29 million. You would be joining a large operation serving a population of approximately one million and processing approximately a million Bacteriology/Virology/Serology and Molecular tests annually.

Our amazing, highly specialist existing team in microbiology consists of around 91 members of staff. Under current Clinical Lead Dr Reham Soliman all diagnostic microbiology and virology work for EPA is performed at NNUH. Each of the three Acute Trusts retains local Consultants clinical microbiologists for service delivery while the virology team at NNUH carries out the Clinical Virology services for all three trusts.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the ‘Job Description’ link to the right of the page for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

The Advisory Appointment Committee will meet on 16th May 2023

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full and specialist registration (and a license to practice) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • FRCPath or equivalent.
Desirable criteria
  • Further qualification such as: MRCP or evidence of equivalent qualification - - MSc - MD - PhD. - DipHIC “Teaching the Teachers” or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Training and experience equivalent to that required for FRCPath
  • Wide experience of clinical microbiology and infection prevention and control


Essential criteria
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Capable of working in a multi-disciplinary team and of balancing clinical, management and other duties


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Reham Soliman
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01603 288581
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