Medical microbiology and Virology (MMV) in the NHS involve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the spread of infection in hospitals and the community. As with many of the pathology specialties, it is in high demand in the UK, and whilst it is laboratory-based, UK microbiologits make a major contribution to clinical infection management in a hospital. Following the emergence of COVID-19, Microbiology has obviously taken on further importance to the UK's healthcare planning.
The qualification route you take may differ depending on your experience and years working in the specialty, and there are more middle grade opportunities available for microbiologists than in some other of the pathology specialties. Regardless of grade or experience, satisfying an english language requirement and attaining full GMC registration are both essential to working in the UK.
If you have not already, check out our IMG Library where you can find out more about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, MRCP UK and FRCPath Microbiology. Additionally, this article may help you to understand the journey an anatomical pathologist can take to work in the UK: A Pathologist's Route to the UK
Medical microbiologists provide services to aid the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases helping ensure the safety of those at risk, both in hospitals and the community. Although this role is laboratory-based, the microbiologist’s role is increasingly clinical and it is the scope of the clinical ward based work that is a key differentiation between other healthcare systems.
Microbiologists provide advice regarding the interpretation of results, appropriateness of further investigations & antibiotic treatment and have a hands-on role supervising the running of the diagnostic laboratory. In cases where antimicrobial drugs are required, medical microbiologists provide advice concerning the choice of such drugs and the duration of treatment. Medical microbiologists also play a key role in controlling the spread of infectious diseases. Microbiologists work with hospital infection control teams to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals (including hospital ‘super bugs’ such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile and Covid-19).
For overseas candidates, holding FRCPath will give you access access to most senior job opportunities, though it can differ from hospital to hospital. MRCP UK, good clinical ward-based grounding and experience in infection control, even if not part an country's standardised training programme, can all boost an individuals chances of landing a role.
NHS Microbiologists and virologists don’t usually work directly with patients in person, but liaise between clinical colleagues in the hospital, GPs and laboratory staff. For more complex tests, microbiologists and virologists often undertake hands-on bench work in the laboratory using techniques that include:
Did you know? Around 95% of clinical pathways rely on patients having access to pathology services. A staggering 14 pathological tests for each person in England and Wales are performed annually, 300,000 tests are performed every working day across the UK and 50 million reports are sent from labs to GPs every year!
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This is a great opportunity for overseas Microbiology Consultants who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.
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UK based applicants
IMG Connect are recruiting for experienced microbiologists to join two friendly departments in the South West of England for registrar or senior middle grade posts. These roles are perfect for ambitious microbiologists looking to develop their career in the UK, or those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and fancy life in the peaceful and beautiful South West of England.
The post is being interviewed for a middle grade post with specialty doctor or specialist grade posts available to senior candidates with the highly desirable qualificaitons such as FRCPath Microbiology. The department can be flexible with the right candidate.
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