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Deputy Director, Public Health Microbiology (PHM) Reference Services

UK Health Security Agency
Colindale, London (Greater)
£75,000 - £126,281
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Health Science
Job Type
PhD Position
Employment - Hours
Full time

Deputy Director, Public Health Microbiology (PHM) Reference Services

(suitable for Consultant Medical and Dental and/or non-medical NHS Agenda for Change Band 9)

Directorate: Science Group

Public Health Microbiology (Reference Services) / Specialised Microbiology & Laboratories


Full Time 10 Programmed Activities (Medical or Dental or Full-time 37.5 hrs if Civil Service or AFC). Part time would be considered

 Pay Scale minimum of Band 8d or maximum of Consultant Medical and Dental Pay Scales (£75,000 - £126,281)

Location: Colindale, London 

Job Overview

The Deputy Director will provide clinical, scientific, and professional leadership for Public Health Microbiology (PHM) Reference Services in the UKHSA, bringing together the skills and expertise across Reference Microbiology Laboratories, Food, Water and Environmental Microbiology laboratories, the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory and UKHSA Culture Collections. In this context, Public Health Microbiology encompasses bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology and supporting laboratory technologies.

The DD PHM will lead and manage Clinical and Scientific aspects of the Division’s services, with a specific focus on reference laboratories in Colindale and Porton. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the Deputy Director for Public Health Microbiology for Network Laboratories and the Deputy Director for Public Health Microbiology for Operations, Programmes and Performance to ensure consistent standards of service delivery and will ensure that public health microbiology services deliver the requirements of UKHSA.

Working for the Organisation

At the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) our mission is to provide health security for the nation by protecting from infectious disease and external hazards.  We are a trusted source of advice to government and to the public, focusing on reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.

Our mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. We will work to ensure our people have the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds we need to thrive, that our staff are representative of the communities we serve and feel valued and enabled to play their part in delivering our work.

Creating our working culture is an ongoing process which we are developing by listening and learning together, hearing and acting upon diverse voices and opinions to develop a common sense of identity and effective ways of working.


Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria; please refer to the Person Specification for a full overview.  Please also see Job Description for competencies and a full list of essential qualifications and criteria. 

 Qualification requirements:

• MBChB  and / or PhD in an appropriate scientific discipline or equivalent experience


The professional registration requirements for this post depend if you are a medical practitioner, scientist or other registered professional. Please note these as follows:

For medical practitioners:

In line with legislation, inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice in a relevant specialty/GDC Specialist List, or inclusion in the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists at the point of application.

For Clinical Scientists:

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in an appropriate discipline

For other professions:

Registration with the UKPHR or Consultant level accreditation for nurses or allied health professionals or equivalent


For those from other professional backgrounds professional registration is not required; equivalent level of expertise and experience is required

Professional Qualification requirements for candidates from a medical, public health or clinical background:

For medical microbiology / virology / infectious diseases consultants:

Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath)

For public health consultants:

Membership of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH)

For Clinical Scientist and other Specialities:

For non-medical or Clinical Scientist applicants, qualifications and experience commensurate with a Clinical Scientist of equivalent standing (inclusive of a PhD and substantial appropriate post-doctoral experience and state registration with the HCPC)

The successful candidate will be appointed to the point of the Consultant salary scale appropriate to their years of seniority or if from a background other than medicine to NHS Agenda for Change Band 9

Prospective candidates are invited to an informal discussion about the post with Professor Deborah Williamson, in the first instance.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

To apply for this vacancy please apply via NHS Jobs quoting Job Reference Number (919-HM-26398579-EXT)

Closing Date: 09/06/2024


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