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Consultant Clinical Scientist- Microbiologist

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Clinical Scientist (Band 8c or 8d dependent on experience) to join the Clinical Microbiology Department at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a new position due to retirement and re organisation of existing job plans. The successful applicant will work closely with the laboratory, infection control and clinical paediatric infectious diseases colleagues (NHS and academic) both within the Trust and outside, to provide high quality infection services to our specialist patient population.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join us as we develop our Paediatric Infection Service. The successful applicant will be Head of Department for Microbiology, playing a key role supporting and developing the existing service . We are keen that potential applicants can develop their special interests and fulfil their personal goals as a consultant at Alder Hey. Further microbiology links with neighbouring Trusts may also be possibledepending on the background and interests of the successful candidate.

Applicants should hold Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) and registration as a Clinical Scientist in Clinical Microbiology with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Candidates actively working towards RCPath part 2 will be considered.

Main duties of the job

To clinically authorise results generated by the laboratory microbiology team, make an assessment of the quality of data, and add interpretative comments suggest further investigations and ensure prompt communication of urgent results where appropriate.

To work, in close collaboration with the infectious diseases team, to provide clinical guidance and scientific advice and assistance to all grades of medical and nursing staff on the selection, performance and interpretation of clinically relevant tests in order to facilitate the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and understanding of disease in children.

To work with the infectious diseases team to support the clinical liaison service and help resolve highly complex clinical problems as they arise. To attend and participate in clinical multidisciplinary team meetings, giving advice on selection, availability and interpretation of microbiological tests.

To ensure maintenance of and participate in a rota that provides clinical authorisation of results out-of-hours, including weekends.

To ensure that validated reference ranges, interpretative comments, and protocols for paediatric microbiological investigations are available at a standard as outlined within UKAS ISO15189.

To undertake clinical audits of service effectiveness and instigate appropriate changes to service. Additionally, contribute to audit in other medical specialties and organisations outside of the Trust, nationally and locally.

About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is a major teaching hospital of the University of Liverpool. It serves not only the local population of children, but is the tertiary referral centre for children from Merseyside, Cheshire, parts of Lancashire, Shropshire and North Wales for many sub-specialties of pediatrics. A brand new award-winning purpose built Hospital was opened in 2015 providing modern customised facilities for children, families and staff. The hospital has 240 beds, including day beds for surgery, a medical day care unit and observation beds in the Emergency Department.

The Trust is situated 4 miles from the city centre and within easy reach of the motorway network, is an international centre of excellence, treating over 200,000 children a year. The Trust is renowned for both its clinical innovation and dedication to staff development.

The microbiology department provides a routine and 24 hour emergency service for in and out patient requests for microbiological tests, the majority of the work coming from within the Trust, with small numbers of requests from general practice (1-2% of overall workload).

The scope of testing performed in-house includes all routine bench based bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. Rapid virology testing in house for COVID-19, respiratory and CSF samples is available with routine and specialist testing for a wider range of assays referred to the Liverpool Clinical Laboratories based at the Liverpool University Hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management (Head of Department role)

To be responsible for the provision of the Clinical Microbiology Service to nationally agreed standards e.g. UKAS ISO15189 or equivalent.

To be responsible for sourcing and procurement of major equipment within the department together with the selection of appropriate methodologies (materials) required.

To be responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff within the department of Clinical Microbiology.

To ensure that recruitment is carried out within the departmental establishment and budget following Trust wide policy.

To be responsible for the management of all Clinical Microbiology staff within Trust policies and procedures, including sickness absence and personal development reviews where appropriate.

To be responsible for management of the budgets for Clinical Microbiology department.

To be responsible for service planning for Clinical Microbiology, analysing, interpreting and comparing different options.

To be responsible for ensuring that all clinical incidents and complaints are investigated and reported in line with Trust policies and procedures.

To ensure communication and dissemination of information within the department including organising and chairing regular staff meetings.

To be responsible for the security and maintenance of the Clinical Microbiology laboratory.

To participate, as a member of the Laboratory Medicine senior management team, in strategic management and planning for the laboratory.

To lead on the selection and evaluation of new analytical equipment. Some of the procurements are obtained through the OJEC tendering process.

To provide scientific and clinical leadership to staff.

To support the maintenance of the Quality Management System for Microbiology in order to maintain UKAS accreditation of the laboratory.

To advise on and contribute to the writing and updating of policies and procedures in accordance with UKAS ISO15189 requirements.

To maximize the potential for income generation by the Microbiology service.

To develop and maintain links with appropriate commercial sectors to assist with the development and evaluation of new technologies to ensure that the Trust and its patients gain maximum benefit.

To contribute to Trust advisory bodies where required.


To maintain up to date specialist expertise and knowledge of scientific developments and practice relevant to routine and specialist paediatric microbiology and other relevant subjects. To ensure that such knowledge is systematically passed on to all laboratory staff, where appropriate.

To provide leadership and guidance to laboratory staff on matters of quality assurance related to laboratory analysis and to take appropriate action where errors are identified.

To lead on strategies to evaluate and adopt new technologies relevant to emerging needs of the trust and the regional and national networks, such as emerging diagnostic molecular techniques.

Research and Development

To contribute to research activities and clinical trials work within the laboratory, and development of the Trusts research and development strategy.

To be responsible for the coordination, implementation, development and ongoing evaluation of laboratory methods.

To initiate and undertake research and development projects, ensuring that opportunities are taken up and designing experimental protocols and procedures to produce robust and reliable information. This may involve collaboration from other disciplines and other hospitals.

To advise medical colleagues on the design of clinical research projects which involve microbiological tests and to co-ordinate clinical trial work undertaken by the department for clinical units within the Trust.


To be responsible for the induction and scientific, technical and clinical training of all laboratory staff in Clinical Microbiology, plus be responsible for the training of clinical staff across the Trust in the use of relevant in-vitro diagnostic equipment.

To provide teaching and training in Clinical Microbiology to other healthcare professionals.

To act as a supervisor for staff undertaking MSc projects by research or modular based courses.


To liaise with other laboratories, clinical, nursing and community staff regarding organisational, analytical and interpretative aspects of work carried out by the Clinical Microbiology service.

To liaise with health visitors, midwives, medical staff, other healthcare professionals and when necessary patients or carers regarding all issues relating to Clinical Microbiology service in a professional and sensitive manner.

To communicate clinically important microbiology test results to clinicians, or consultants in other laboratories, emphasising the significance of the results and providing advice on interpretation where appropriate.

Quality Issues Clinical Governance

To be responsible for internal quality control and external quality assessment for the laboratory, and to liaise with the appropriate external bodies when issues demand.

To be responsible for the effective use of audit to maintain and improve service provision.

Strategic Issues

To plan Microbiology laboratory services, taking into account the regional and national strategic direction for specialist paediatric services and the NHS in general interpretation of broad national guidance and legislation professional and scientific developments new technologies and the needs of the patient staff, Care Groups, CCGs and the Trust business plans.

Health and safety

To be responsible for departmental Health and Safety policies and for ensuring adherence by all staff to these policies and to Trust Health and Safety regulations.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • First degree in Microbiology or a related subject, or assessed equivalent of knowledge and expertise
  • MSc in Microbiology or relevant area
  • Registration as a Clinical Scientist in Clinical Microbiology with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists FRCPath (Medical Microbiology)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (RCPath scheme or equivalent)



  • To have completed a minimum of 6 years in post as a Registered Clinical Scientist of which 3 years should have been at advanced practitioner level.
  • Experience in paediatric Clinical Microbiology.
  • To have developed an expertise in one or more specialised analytical or clinical areas.


  • Specialist interest and training in Paediatric Clinical Microbiology



  • To have a thorough knowledge and experience of Clinical Microbiology, infection control and demonstrates a clear understanding of national policies and strategies in the area of Healthcare associated infection.

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Eaton Road


L12 2AP

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