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Consultant in medical virology

Job Reference: 188-MT938-MEDICAL

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Infectious Diseases
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£77,913-£105,042 pa pro rata

Online applications are invited to apply for a full time consultant in medical virology or in medical virology and infectious diseases consisting of 10 PAs per week. This post is permanent.


The appointee will join a dynamic team of 9 other consultants in a rapidly evolving and cohesive infection department which provides the full spectrum of Medical Virology, Medical Microbiology, Inpatient and Outpatient Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) and Infection Prevention and Control services.

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical virology support to UHS services and GPs, and contribute to support and development of the virology diagnostic laboratory.  The virology service at UHS supports the management of a large number of immunocompromised patients and the post-holder would be expected to support UHS clinical services by providing clinical liaison including attending MDTs, ward consults, preparing guidelines and supporting infection control activities. 

Consultants are encouraged to support the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching curriculum and to contribute to collaborative research work, as well as to contribute to the supervision of Infection trainees.

Virology and microbiology diagnostic laboratory services are provided by the on-site laboratory, which processes around 600,000 specimens per annum and provides a comprehensive service covering virology, bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology and parasitology and has a well equipped molecular facility. The diagnostic laboratory is recommended for UKAS ISO15189 accreditation.  The virology and microbiology diagnostic service has recently become part of UHS’s Pathology Department. This is an exciting time to join us as we are looking for an individual to work together with the existing consultant medical virologist to help shape and improve the virology service to the trust, which has seen growth in demand for medical virology expertise.

Applicants will be expected to hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Medical Virology or a joint CCT in Medical Virology and Infectious Diseases or show evidence of equivalency, or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview. If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT.


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute trusts and teaching hospitals in the UK, providing services to some 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire and specialist services, including cancer care, allogeneic stem cell transplantation, fetal medicine, children’s intensive care, neurosciences, cardiac services, and major trauma services to more than 3.7 million people living in central southern England and the Channel Islands.  The Trust is also a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton and partners include the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.  The trust provides both paediatric and adult Infectious Diseases Specialised Services.  UHS gained foundation trust status in 2011.


Hampshire provides excellent housing, schooling and recreational facilities, including for sailing enthusiasts, as well as the beautiful countryside provided by the National Parks of the New Forest and the South Downs.  There are good road links and a fast direct rail service to London Waterloo.  Domestic and European air services are provided from Southampton Airport.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. We've recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked seventh in the country for staff engagement, and fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you are interested in applying for this role, we would encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

Applicants should have a CCT or be on the GMC’s Specialist Register.  Applicants who are within six months of obtaining their CCT on the date of interview may also apply. Part time working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

All applications must be made online. CV or paper applications are not accepted.

Job Reference: MT938 - This vacancy closes on or before: 25 November 2018 

To discuss the post or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Sarah Glover, Clinical Lead, or Dr Emanuela Pelosi, Consultant Virologist, on 023 8120 6408.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.


Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.


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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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