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Microbiology Manager

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Microbiology Manager

Department: Microbiology

Band 8a

Hours: 37.5 per week 12 month Fixed term post, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working.

An opportunity has arisen within this busy Pathology service to join the microbiology team. You will be part of a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who deliver a high quality service that is responsive to patient requirements. Awareness of the requirements for compliance with the ISO15189 and UKHSE standards is a key requirement for this role. We look to continually improve our services for our patients and are therefore looking for staff with the right attitude who will work with us to achieve this. We are looking for a HCPC competent and versatile person with good technical and management knowledge of delivering a microbiology service.

The successful applicant would have experienced in change management, delivery of performance against KPIs and financial targets

We are committed to the quality of service and are currently working towards UKAS ISO15189 accreditation.

For further information contact Nazia Hussain, Pathology Service Manager ( on 07989144737

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take responsibility for the day-to-day management matters in the local hospital laboratories and react appropriately to all ongoing issues. They will provide professional leadership and line management for the scientific staff. Be responsible for the managing of performance and discipline, including working to targets, statutory requirements such as health and safety, UKHSE and within available budgets. To work with the Pathology Service Manager and senior colleagues in setting the strategic direction and planning future developments for the Department.
  • To be responsible for the daily management of the Microbiology laboratory department and its staff and deliver a microbiology Service.
  • Delegated responsibility to inform and implement strategic developments within their team.
  • Delegated management of resources and service delivery, which is closely monitored.
  • Manage the maintenance of robust systems of clinical governance in place for teams.
  • Manage delegated elements of staffing budgets and hold signatory status on behalf of the Pathology Service Manager.
  • They will be involved in setting priorities, initiating developments, overseeing audit and training across the Microbiology team
  • They may lead services across more than one area.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and relationship skills
  • Liaise with the Consultant Microbiologists and the Pathology Service Manager in the technical, scientific, clinical and administrative work of the Microbiology Department
  • Liaise with departmental technical and clinical staff to ensure that all scientific and clinical work is performed to professional standards.

Analytical & Judgemental Skills
  • Use experience, knowledge and judgement to interpret complex results, take appropriate actions in line with local and national policies
  • To advise and provide expert interpretation of results produced by the laboratory.

Planning & Organisational Skills
  • Coordinate delivery of laboratory service with other Blood Science and Pathology operational leads
  • Take a leading role strategic planning in service area ensuring that changes in users requirements are monitored, planned for, costed and where agreed implemented.

Responsibility for Patient/ Client Care
  • Responsible for managing all patient/service user complaints and/or incidents in accordance with Pathology and Trust Policies
  • Lead investigations where service delivery falls below expectations and present reports if required to the Trust Quality Board and Serious Incidents Review Group.

Responsibility for Policy/ Service Development
  • To develop, inform and implement both departmental and Trust Policies, guidelines, patient information and user information that relate to the Microbiology Laboratory Servic
  • To develop and implement novel test protocols and analytic metrics that positively impact on patient care.

Responsibility for Financial & Physical Resources
  • Management of resources within the department such that the expected 24/7 service level is achieved
  • To ensure equipment is maintained, repaired and used appropriately in accordance with Pathology and Trust Equipment policies

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • Line manage all staff within service area with responsibility for recruitment/selection of staff, staff mandatory training, staff induction (local and Trust), Annual Joint Reviews, absence monitoring and reporting, performance management (where indicated).

Responsibility for Information Resources
  • Responsible for data quality in service area, maintenance of test result and patient records generated by service area
  • Responsible for General Data Protection Regulation compliance in service area

Responsibility for Research & Development
  • Advise, liaise and plan R& D activity including clinical trials undertaken by Trust R& D teams that require service involvement
  • Perform role of Project Supervisor for staff undertaking BSc and post graduate courses.

Freedom to Act
  • Work autonomously to deliver laboratory service, manage staff and all other resource.

Other Duties
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as requested.

Please refer to Job Description for further details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • HCPC State Registration and MSc/FIBMS or equivalent.
  • Recognised management qualification or suitable proven and relevant experience of managing laboratory Microbiology department at a supervisory or managerial level.
  • Evidence of relevant continued professional development.
  • Extensive knowledge of ISO 15189 standards for Medical Laboratories
  • Knowledge of laboratory training and competency requirements
  • Knowledge of NHSI Pathology initiatives i.e. Model Hospital data requirements
  • Extensive understanding of Quality Assurance
  • Knowledge of professional Health & Safety legislation/requirements
  • Knowledge of GDPR requirements


  • oComprehensive specialist knowledge in the field of Laboratory Haematology



  • Extensive post qualification experience in Laboratory Microbiology at a Senior level (band 7 and above)
  • Experience in training, organisation and management of staff of all grades.
  • Experience in the evaluation and introduction of new technologies and techniques.
  • Extensive experience in the use and maintenance of Quality Management Systems including ISO 15189 accreditation inspections.
  • Experience in financial/ resource management



  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Literate with all Microsoft Office applications
  • Report writing skills.
  • Complex data interpretation skills
  • Statistical analysis skills
  • Complex option appraisal skills
  • Organisational skills leading to service delivery.
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Change control/management skills
  • Self-inspection auditing skills
  • Highly developed practical and technical skills in chemical pathology laboratory techniques


  • oRisk assessment skills

Personal and people development


  • Line management & HR experience/skills including staff AJR, absence monitoring and performance management.
  • Teaching/Training skills at a level suitable for clinical, technical & support staff



  • Good communication skills with clarity and good command of written and spoken English, report writing skills
  • Good effective communications with service users
  • Presentation/ communication ability to a wide range of audience

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Microbiology (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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