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Specialty Doctor - Microbiology

Specialty Doctor

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Specialty Doctor
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Microbiology Medical Staff - Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
£50,373 - £78,759 per annum
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

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

Would you like to join a team that makes a real difference every day and at the same time expand your knowledge and experience of Microbiology at one of the leading teaching hospitals in the country? If so then we would really love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a Specialty Doctor for a fixed term period of one year; you will be based in the Microbiology department, Eastern Pathology Alliance which covers Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich and James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth.

You will work closely with our senior clinical team and benefit from their experience and knowledge allowing you to expand your own clinical experience every day.

Main duties of the job

This is a new post to support the consultants in this busy microbiology laboratory with an active clinical liaison and infection control workload.

The principle duties of the post holder will be to support the department in the day-to-day reporting of results, and the provision of clinical advice on bacteriology, infection control and anti microbial prescribing.

Working for our organisation

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has 1000 beds and serves a population of over 700,000. The hospital is adjacent to the University of East Anglia, the Medical School established in 2002 and the world renowned Norwich Research Park. This ensures that our staff have unqualified access to research development and opportunities for under and post graduate teaching.

Norwich is quite rightly described as “a fine city.” Its skyline is dominated by a graceful cathedral and a massive Norman castle. It boasts countless attractions to interest and intrigue its residents, with all of the modern facilities you would expect in a vibrant city. Norwich schools are rated as some of the best within the country. The surrounding Norfolk countryside and long stretches of coastline are renowned for its beauty and tranquility. The Norfolk Broads provide a quintessential rural getaway with the North Norfolk villages providing a more traditional ambience. With excellent transport links to Cambridge and London, Norfolk offers everything you require to establish the perfect work life balance.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The appointment is to the Trust on behalf of Eastern Pathology Alliance, not to specific hospitals. The post will be based at Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn and may be  required periodically to cover any of the acute hospitals within the network i.e. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Queen Elizabeth hospital or James Paget hospital.

The appointee will be expected to be involved in implementing the Trust’s Clinical Governance programme.  This includes active participation in clinical audit, quality, clinical guidelines/pathways, professional development, appraisal and risk management.

The post holder will provide, in support of and under supervision of consultant and other colleagues, clinical advice on medical microbiology to clinical staff in hospitals and in the community, and within the area served by the laboratory and consultants in communicable disease control, environmental health and others. This will include participation in surveillance, hospital infection control and public health microbiology and participation in out of hours cover.

Other duties to include:-

-         Regular daily liaison with the laboratory technical staff through the laboratory manager

-         Reporting of laboratory results, authorizing and providing medical interpretation as appropriate

-         Liaison with clinicians on microbiological matters, visiting wards as necessary

-         Independent ward rounds

-         Provision, together with consultant colleagues, of professional supervision of junior medical staff

-         Participation in laboratory and clinical audits, and also in those internal audit activities required to help to maintain laboratory accreditation

-         Collaboration with regional epidemiologists and central reference and epidemiological facilities in reporting and investigation of infection

-         Any other reasonable duties or activities consistent with the post as required by the laboratory lead doctor

-         Participation in out of hours cover, including weekends and Bank Holidays, under supervision of the duty consultant microbiologist/virologist and in rotation with the SpRs

The Department takes a Team approach to service delivery. Clinical liaison is a prominent part of the service and there are regular ward rounds with the Intensive Care Unit team, the Neonatal Intensive Care team, the paediatric team, Medicine for the Elderly and the Haematologists and Oncologists.  There are also multidisciplinary C. difficile ward rounds and regular multidisciplinary antimicrobial rounds on surgical, MFE, vascular and orthopaedic wards. Additional visits are regularly requested by clinical colleagues.

There are OPAT services in place for cellulitis, UTI and orthopaedic infections, and plans to extend this service to other clinical areas.

Appointees will be expected to engage in external quality assurance, continuing medical education, professional development, departmental audit and to support the clinical governance developments in both the Department and the Directorate.  Time and facilities are available for these activities.  Appraisal is fully implemented in the Trust and the post holder will be required to participate.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • full GMC with licence to practice
  • MB ChB or equivalent.
  • Further experience to FY2 level
Desirable criteria
  • Further qualification such as: MRCP,MSc, MD, PhD, DipHIC “Teaching the Teachers” or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate affectively with colleagues, support staff and members of the public


Essential criteria
  • Have completed at least 4 years’ full-time post graduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a relevant specialty or equivalent experience and competencies
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in research or published papers in area of special interest


Essential criteria
  • Flexible outlook on working hours. Must live within a 15-mile radius of the base Trust or 30 minutes travelling time. Ability to travel between sites where there may be no public transport.

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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

Dr Davis Nwaka
Job title
Head of Department
Email address
Telephone number
01603 286286