Fixed Term Specialty Doctor, Medical Microbiology

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NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able...

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

We have an exciting opportunity available in one of the UK’s most up and coming and rapidly developing Cities.

NHS Tayside seeks to appoint a Fixed Term Specialty Doctor in Medical Microbiology with an interest in Virology for a 1 year fixed term contract.

The post holder will join a team of nine other Consultants responsible for providing Bacteriology/Virology and Infection Prevention and Control services. The job plan will be offered as a 10 PA contract, with funding available for additional PAs.

The department of Medial Microbiology has recently received significant investment in new technology and laboratory space, and is a pioneer of automated molecular diagnostics in Scotland.


The Department is situated in Ninewells Hospital and carries out over 325,000 investigations per year. Bacteriology employ the Bruker MALDI-TOF, BacTAlert, Vitek 2 and Cepheid GeneXpert, while in virology the Siemens Centaur, Diasorin Liaison, Hologic Panther and SeeGene platforms are used alongside a wide range of commercial and in-house developed real-time PCR assays. The LIMS (LabCentre) is linked to electronic test requesting (ICE). The department is UKAS accredited.


You will be responsible for providing diagnostic, treatment and IPC advice for both microbiology and virology across the health board area with support from Microbiology/Virology Consultants. The out-of-hours on-call rota is currently 1:7 and attracts an availability supplement and on-call payment. There is regular liaison with a number of clinical areas, including ICU, surgical HDU, orthopaedics and Neonatology, SRH. The department has two Specialist Trainee posts, four Higher Specialist Scientist Trainees,  provides Core Infection Training, and has one pre-registration Clinical Scientist in training. Ninewells hospital has a purpose-built Infectious Diseases unit and there are close links with ID.

The department of Infection Prevention and Control is well-staffed with IPC nurses and there is also administrative support. ICNET is interfaced with the LIMS. The post will include a commitment to IPC with the breakdown of direct clinical care and supporting professional activities to be discussed and agreed with the successful applicant.

NHS Tayside is supportive of continuous professional development, and all of our posts include 2 PAs for supporting professional activities (pro-rata).


Applications will be considered from those wishing to work less than full time.


Applicants should have full GMC registration and a licence to practise, and shall have completed at least four years’ full-time post-graduate training (or its equivalent on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programm in Microbiology or as a fixed term specialty trainee in Microbiology or shall have equivalent experience and competencies. If you have appropriate specialist training and experience but are not listed on the GMC Specialist Register you can apply to obtain a CCT or CESR and enter onto the Specialist Register.

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Joint Clinical Lead for Medical Microbiology

Dr John Shone, Consultant Clinical Scientist - e-mail; john.shone@nhs.scot); telephone number: 01382 632559.


Deputy Clinical Lead

Dr. Amanda Bradley-Stewart, Consultant Clinical Scientist – email: amanda.bradley-stewart@nhs.scot; telephone number: 01382 660111, extension 34654.



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Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email.   Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.