This is a permanent full-time position.
Type B Contract
As soon as possible
Dr Brian O’Connell, Clinical Director/Consultant Microbiologist, LabMed Directorate.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 00353 1 4162912
Permanent, Full Time & Pensionable
3 month's notice
39 hours per week
The Laboratory Medicine (LabMed) Directorate is a fully accredited service and comprises the clinical laboratory disciplines of:
Transfusion Medicine (incorporating Haemovigilance).The LabMed Directorate is responsible for the overall management and development of the Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services in support of St. James’s Hospital and General Practitioners, and also provides a referral service for hospitals, laboratories and other agencies throughout the country. The Laboratory Medicine Directorate manages three designated national reference laboratories and is also a national referral laboratory for many specialties in laboratory medicine. The Directorate also manages the Infection Prevention and Control Service, Phlebotomy Service, Point-of-Care service and mortuary services. The laboratory processed over 10 million tests in 2019.
The Microbiology Department in St. James’s Hospital provides a clinical, laboratory diagnostic, educational, research and infection prevention and control service to St. James’s Hospital and local General Practitioners. The Department also acts as a reference centre for a large number of external hospitals. The diagnostic laboratory processed in 611,381 tests in 2019 (with approximately 61% of samples from St James’s Hospital and 34% from GPs). The laboratory is the largest in Ireland and offers laboratory diagnosis in bacteriology, serology, virology, mycology, molecular diagnostics and mycobacteriology.
The microbiology consultants provide; a clinical consult and advice service for the hospital and local GPs; an infection prevention and control service for the hospital and the department jointly leads the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme for the hospital along with the Department of Infectious Diseases. The Department manages the National MRSA Reference Laboratory, the Irish National Mycobacteriology Laboratory and the interim Gonoccocal reference Laboratory that are also on the SJH site.
The department is a recognised training centre for Microbiology specialist registrars and is accredited for 4 SpR training posts. The last inspection reported that’ this is an excellent training facility with very positive feedback and experiences reported by the trainees interviewed’ (RCPI Training Site Inspection Report relating to the Clinical Microbiology 17th of September 2019. The Department is also involved in teaching of other staff within the hospital and students attending TCD.
Laboratory aspects of the current consultant staff are considerable and involve screening test request to ensure appropriate use of resources, authorising test results, test selection, managing the laboratory (with the Chief Medical Scientist) and involvement in accreditation and maintenance of a quality management system.
Clinical services involve regular rounds to critical care areas, weekly attendance at multidisciplinary haematology and bone marrow transplant team meetings, weekly attendance at burns unit and TB services MDT, clinical consult service and participation in antimicrobial stewardship rounds.
The Infection Control Service comprises managing and giving professional leadership and direction to the Infection Prevention and Control team. There are weekly team meetings, regular Infection control Steering group meetings, attendance at Risk Management, the Quality Safety and Risk Committee meetings and Sterivigilance Meetings. The Infection Control service is involved with planning across the site.
Teaching and Research
Management & Administration
The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.
Registration on the Division of Microbiology in the Register of Medical Specialties maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland.
To be eligible, applicants must be registered as a Specialist in the relevant Specialty on the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland within 180 days of the day of interview.
Clinical Care: To demonstrate the ability to provide a level of clinical care required by this post according to the standards and requirements set by statutory and regulatory bodies
Communication: To illustrate a high level of verbal and non-verbal skills in order to effectively communicate with and relate to patients and / or parents / family, colleagues, hospital staff and management.
Administration & Management Skills: To demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency so as to enable the appointee to manage his/her staff and service and to be able to interact with and participate in hospital management structures as required. Furthermore, the appointee should demonstrate the ability to lead, supervise and be responsible for the clinical work of his / her multi-professional team.
Organisational Awareness: Provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of the structure and governance of this and similar organisations
Teaching: To demonstrate skills required for educational training to medical students, professions.
Research: To demonstrate a proven ability and track record of engagement in research relating to the speciality.
Continuing Education: To demonstrate a proven record of undertaking continuing medical education and continuous professional development.
Audit: The appointee will be required to provide evidence of undertaking and initiating audit and quality projects.
To apply for this position, you may submit an updated Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to: email@example.com.
Alternatively, you may forward a letter of application with CV to Medical Workforce Unit, HR Directorate, Hospital 1 Top Floor, St James’s Hospital.
A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. Your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available. Nursing and other general staff will be required to self-assess their proficiency level in the Standard Application Form.
In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.
St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer