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Consultant Microbiologist

Job Description

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) serves a population of about 500,000 in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. The Trust includes the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital and a Sterile Services Department based at Alderney Hospital.

At RBCH our mission is 'providing the excellent care we would expect for our own families'. Excellent care drives our culture within the Trust and is underpinned by four Values which are important in our daily work. Please view attachment in the right hand column for further information.

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals
Consultant Microbiologist

Applications are invited for the post of Consultant Medical Microbiologist.
This is a substantive, whole time equivalent (10PA) replacement post and it represents an exciting opportunity to improve and further develop the infection service at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The successful applicant will form part of a team of four Consultant Medical Microbiologists (36 WTE), providing medical microbiology, antimicrobial management and infection control and prevention services for the Trust and surrounding GPs, based in East Dorset and part of Hampshire. This post will allow for the provision of a greater ward presence within the Trust, aiming to bring expertise in infection management nearer to the point of admission and as such ensuring the appropriate and cost effective use of laboratory services, as well as strengthening the Trust’s commitment to rational and timely antibiotic use and supporting infection prevention and control initiatives. The microbiology laboratory performs an extensive repertoire of investigations and there is an active interest in pursuing further quality improvement initiatives, including demand management strategies and the recent introduction of syndromic multiplex PCR testing for respiratory viruses and CNS pathogens. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is a busy district general hospital with an interesting and varied mix of infection related cases. The Consultant Medical Microbiologists offer a high profile clinical liaison service and maintain excellent working relations with clinical colleagues. On call duties are shared with colleagues at Poole Hospital.

Although this is a full-time post, candidates wishing to work part-time will be considered.

Terms and Conditions – Consultants (England) 2003.

Applicants should be on the GMC Specialist Register or have their CCT. Applicants who are within 6 months of obtaining their CCT on the date of the AAC may also apply.
FRCPath or equivalent is required.



For further details / informal visits contact:
For further information or to arrange an informal visit, interested candidates should contact Dr Sarah Bourne, Consultant Medical Microbiologist or Dr Layth Al-saffar, Consultant Medical Microbiologist ( ( Phone number removed ) ).

Vacancies may be removed at any time if sufficient numbers of applications are received.


1. We will contact you via email to advise if you have been shortlisted. It is important that you check your email and NHS jobs account regularly. Some email providers have been known to classify these notifications as 'JUNK MAIL/SPAM'.
2. Non-NHS applicants with no previous NHS experience will ordinarily be appointed to the minimum of the band.
3. The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from everyone regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender, age, faith or sexual orientation. The Trust seeks to establish a workforce as diverse as the population it serves.
4. If you have not received an email inviting you for interview within 21 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
5. Travel expenses are not guaranteed. Please check with HR before you travel.

By completing an application for this post it is understood that you give permission for RBCH to contact the Home Office/UKBA to establish your immigration status and eligibility to undertake employment. Previous NHS service will be verified with the relevant employers (if relevant).
Please read the job description and person specification shown in the right hand column and ensure your application details meet the criteria for the post.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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