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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/12/2019.

Consultant in Microbiology - Fixed Term

Job Reference: 403-CONS1042

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
£79,860 - £7107,668 pro rata per annum

Taunton and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to appoint a Consultant Microbiologist for a 6 month maternity cover, fixed term contract from February 2020. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of six substantive consultants based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset.

Each Consultant takes on a lead role, including Infection Control Doctor, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Clinical Service Lead, which rotate by mutual agreement between the Consultants in post.

The pathology services in Somerset are consolidated into South West Pathology Services (SPS), a public-private partnership which is majority NHS owned. The Department of Microbiology is UKAS-accredited and the annual workload is approximately 485,000 requests per year. The department serves Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Yeovil District Hospital, community hospitals in Somerset and a population of approximately 465,000.

The Successful candidate will:

  • Be a member of the Royal College of Pathologists (or equivalent)
  • Either hold or be eligible for specialist registration
  • Hold full or be eligible for full GMC Registration
  • Hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT or equivalent) or be within 6 months of award of CCT by the interview date.
  • Have demonstrable clinical experience/focus in addition to laboratory experience

Musgrove Park Hospital is situated in the South West of England in the county town of Taunton, close to J25 of the M5 motorway, 48 miles south of Bristol and is 2 hours by rail from London. The Vale of Taunton sits between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and is within easy reach of the Exmoor National Park and North Devon and Dorset coasts.

The Taunton area offers some of the best schools in the country - ranging from private institutions such as Kings College, Queens College, Taunton School and Wellington School, to award winning state schools such as the Richard Huish College which has been ranked in the top 10 of A-level providers nationally for the last 8 years, through to secondary schools ranking in the top 5% nationally such as The Castle School.

Throw in a cost of living that will see you afford a higher quality of life, low average house prices, and a significantly lower than national average crime rate, we like to think we’re offering you the best of both worlds, professionally, and personally.

As a team we take a pro-active approach at continuing to improve and develop the service we provide, whilst matching this with a healthy work-life balance. We take a flexible approach to ensure we get the best from our Consultants, and are happy to negotiate on job plans, and discuss part time arrangements.



For further details / informal visits contact:

Informal enquires are welcome. Contact Dr Mike Smith (Clinical Service Lead, Microbiology), telephone 01823 343765, or e-mail

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Mike Smith: 01823 343765


If you are successful for interview, you will be required to bring ID, proof of essential qualifications / relevant documents with you (More details will follow)

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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, formally known as Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

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