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Training Programme

The training programme will be based on The Royal College of Pathologist’s Curriculum for Specialist Training in Medical Microbiology September 2006. The objective of the scheme is to provide the trainee with both the theoretical foundation and the practical, technical, clinical and managerial skills necessary for the independent specialist practice of medical microbiology.

It is intended that the trainee will spend the first year gaining basic training. This will initially involve learning technical bench work and will include specimen processing. With experience the trainee will be introduced to report authorisation and trained to handle clinical queries. Training will be provided in:

Basic Knowledge and Skills

Laboratory Aspects of Microbiology

Knowledge of Health and Safety

Clinical Skills, including the diagnosis and management of:

  • infection in the community
  • healthcare associated infection including hospital-acquired infection and prevention
  • infection in immunocompromised patients including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), transplantation and neutropenia
  • infection in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), including sepsis
  • outbreaks of infection in hospital and the community
  • infection in the returning traveller
  • sexually transmitted infection
  • food and water-borne infection
  • paediatric infection
  • infection in pregnancy.


Specialist Areas of Microbiology - The trainee will acquire a working knowledge, with the opportunity to sub-specialise if required, in:

  • virology (for microbiologists)
  • health protection and epidemiology
  • mycology
  • parasitology.


Study and Training

The primary aim of all posts is the training programme developed and there is a region wide syllabus and minimum standards of education agreed by all Trusts within the rotation.

The Deanery is committed to developing postgraduate training programmes as laid down by GMC, Colleges and Faculties and by COPMED - the Postgraduate Deans Network. At local level college/specialty tutors work with the Programme Director and Directors of Medical Education in supervising these programmes. Trainees will be expected to take part in these programmes (including audit) and to attend meetings with their nominated educational supervisor.

All posts within the training programme are recognised for postgraduate training by the General medical Council (GMC) in accordance with their standards for training.

Study leave is granted in accordance with Deanery/Trust policy and are subject to the maintenance of the service.

All posts have a service element and the following covers the majority of duties, although there will be minor variations in different hospitals.

Postgraduate Medical Education

During each part of the rotation scheme, Specialty Trainees will be required to further their education both personally and collectively. There will be opportunities for attending courses subject to Study Leave being granted by the employing Trust. Regular training half-days occur for all trainees within the region.

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