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Consultant Clinical Scientist for Microbiology

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our Clinical Microbiology Team.

A generous recruitment incentive payment and relocation package will be available for the right candidate.

You will be expected to work in collaboration with our strong clinical, scientific, laboratory and quality teams to actively support the Clinical lead in further developing the clinical microbiology service and in the provision of training to more junior clinical staff as part of our succession planning.

You will be part of a team of the clinical microbiology service. The primary hospital base for the role will be confirmed following discussion at the appointment stage but cross site working will be an expected irrespective of the assigned base.

Your role will be essential to help lead, deliver and develop our busy and expanding services for the benefit of patients and is key to our succession planning over the next five years.

We are looking for an experienced Consultant with FRCPath and PhD. If you are close to achieving this or believe your qualifications are equivalent, we may consider your application.

About our Pathology Service

Main duties of the job

  • Act as Deputy for the Consultant Clinical Speciality Lead for Microbiology
  • Participate in the duty microbiologist rota and provide a Consultant Clinical Advisory Service in Clinical Microbiology for the diagnosis investigation and treatment of patients to medical, nursing and other healthcare staff within this and other hospitals and in primary care. The provision of clinical advice will include guidance on the interpretation of results and the selection of further tests to aid the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration with the Health Care Professions
  • Council as a Clinical Scientist (Clinical Microbiology) Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists by examination (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • BSc in Microbiology or closely related science
  • MSc in Clinical Microbiology or equivalent
  • PhD in relevant field



  • Proven employment as a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist
  • Provision of Clinical advisory service for Clinical Microbiology
  • Provision of out of hours Consultant on-call service in Clinical Microbiology
  • Liaising with medical staff about service provision and data interpretation
  • Innovating scientific developments and modern technology in clinical microbiology and assessment of their impact on the service
  • Dealing with and resolving analytical problems in Clinical Microbiology
  • A track record of implementing and managing change
  • Understand the principles of clinical governance and their application in Clinical Microbiology
  • Risk assessment and risk management in a number of laboratory settings
  • Training laboratory staff, including trainee clinical scientists and biomedical scientists
  • Formal presentations eg lectures, seminars
  • Extensive experience of assay validation to UKAS standards


  • Experience of developing a business case, procurement and implementation of new equipment and the introduction of new methods of service
  • A track record of research, development and audit as evidenced by presentations at national or international meetings or publications in peer-reviewed journals

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital/ Colchester Hospital



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