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Consultant Virologist

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Full time - 11 sessions per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£84,559 - £114,003 Per Annum
Salary period
24/07/2022 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the sussessful Medical Virology services at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
This is a new whole-time consultant post in Medical Virology reflecting the priority the Trust places on further developing and investing in Clinical Virology services and represents an opportunity to join a diverse team of Infection specialist Consultants in the Department of Infection, including two Consultants in Medical Virology.  

The post consists of 11 programmed activities per week with 1 PA for 1 in 3 on call remote activity, plus 8% supplement, until 8pm in the evenings, (weekdays and at weekends) to be shared with the two other Consultant Medical Virologists in the Southampton Specialist Virology Centre (SSVC).

The team provides a wide range of diagnostic and clinical services encompassing Medical Virology, Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) and IPC

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation


We know that our people are central to our success. So, it’s only right that we reward you with

  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • Opportunities to develop – UHS is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to.
  • A minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and a generous pension scheme.
  • A range of NHS discounts!

A break from the hustle and bustle of city centre life, with beaches and the New Forest on your doorstep

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

What you’ll do

The post-holder will support the diagnostic and clinical virology services, provided by the regional centre of expertise, namely Southampton Specialist Virology Centre.

The post holder will be expected to provide

  • Clinical virology support to GPs and to UHS clinicians by attending MDTs
  • Undertake ward consults, preparing guidelines and supporting infection control activities
  • Contribute to the development of the virology diagnostic laboratory, working together with consultants and clinical scientist colleagues

There will be opportunities to contribute to research work in collaboration with the University of Southampton, other academic institutions and the private sector. An appointee with dual accreditation in ID and Medical Virology will be given the opportunity to undertake clinical work contributing to Infectious Diseases inpatient and/or outpatient care. The post holder will be also encouraged to support the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching curriculum and to contribute to the supervision of infection trainees in the department undertaking a training module in Medical Virology.

What we’re looking for

Applicants will be expected to hold

  • 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.


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. 

Interviews will be held on TBC

Job Reference: 188-MT0745 - This vacancy closes on or before:  24th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • 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 equivalent qualification 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
  • Hold full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council or (be eligible for registration within six months of interview)
Desirable criteria
  • MRCP or equivalent qualification
  • Higher degree (MSc, PhD) in Virology

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Appropriate clinical experience including, for example, management of virological complications in immunocompromised patients in haematopoietic stem cell transplant units, viral hepatitis, HIV medicine, fetal and neonatal infections, neurological infection
  • In-depth understanding of in-house and commercial molecular tests, manual and automated serology
  • Understanding of quality assurance including verification and validation processes for the introduction of new diagnostic tests
  • Evidence of developing guidelines and SOPs
  • Understanding of clinical governance including audit
  • Evidence of up-to-date training including CPD Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of contribution to diagnostic service improvement
  • Evidence of participation in and achieving changes from effective clinical audit
  • Keenness in contributing to research activity and training

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and demonstrate good interpersonal skills
  • Able to demonstrate good approach to continuity of care
  • Ability to prioritise work and be organised
  • Ability to take responsibility and drive projects forward
  • Ability to take responsibility and drive projects forward.
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communication in relation to our patient group
  • Has personal insight into own strengths and weaknesses
  • Has ability to make sound and appropriate decisions
  • Demonstrates ability to adjust to new environments and demands
  • Can demonstrate reliability and keeping to commitments
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical management training
  • Leadership skills

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Julian Sutton
Job title
Consultant in medical Microbiology and ID
Email address
Telephone number
02381 206408
Additional information

Dr Emanuela Pelosi

Consultant in Medical Virology

Dr E Pelosi 02381 205101


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