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Deputy Microbiology Laboratory Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  1. The post holder is a key member of the Microbiology Senior Management Team and will provide specialist expertise and deputise for the Microbiology Services Manager.


  1. To have delegated managerial responsibility for the delivery of 24/7 Microbiology services across RDUH sites, with particular focus on the North Devon Laboratory.


  1. To be the Bacteriology Technical Lead Biomedical Scientist across all RHUH sites, provide professional and technical leadership. To maintain HCPC registration and competence as a Biomedical Scientist and participate in departmental rotas if required.


  1. To have delegated managerial responsibility for Workforce Management including strategic planning and development, recruitment, staff performance, appraisal, Continuous Professional Development, training, discipline/grievance management.


  1. To oversee the production and maintenance of new and existing Standard Operating Procedures within the department, proactively seeking opportunities to improve standardisation, integration and operational productivity across the RDUH sites.


  1. To proactively contribute to the development and implementation of departmental strategy, financial plans, targets, cost improvements, policy, accreditation and service and methodology improvements.

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

About the role

Due to retirement, we are delighted to be able to recruit to a Deputy Laboratory Manager to work within the Clinical Microbiology department based at the North Devon District Hospital laboratory, Barnstaple.

About us

The Department of Microbiology within Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (RDUH) is comprises two laboratories, based at the North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E).

The Department provides a comprehensive Microbiology service offering diagnostic Bacteriology, Serology, Molecular Microbiology, Parasitology and Mycology to the RDUH hospitals and communities across Northern and Eastern Devon. The Department employs approximately 80 staff and carries out in excess of 600,000 tests per annum. The department has achieved UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and is an IBMS approved training laboratory. The service operates 24/7 including weekends and overnight cover is provided by an on-call service.

This vacancy is for a Band 8a Deputy Laboratory Manager, who will provide local operational management for the Barnstaple Microbiology laboratory. The postholder will also act as the Bacteriology technical lead in addition to having delegated responsibility for Workforce Management across both RDUH sites. The post is full time, although part-time would be considered.

Working Pattern: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:30

Interview Date: Friday 2nd December

For further information please contact: Amy Denman-Johnson, Microbiology Service Manager at

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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