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Medical Microbiology

Health Education North West (HENW) Mersey Deanery offers a wide range of experience to train Medical Microbiology trainees to the standard required for the Part 1 & Part 2 FRCPath examinations.

Curriculum Map

Medical Microbiology has recently mapped out the currciulum to highlight the delivery of training at each of the Trusts noted below.

The Curriculum Map can be viewed here.

Organisation of Regional Training Programme

There is one Regional training programme in Mersey Deanery, based upon the 3 Hospital Trusts:

  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust (Liverpool Clinical Laboratories)
  • St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust
  • University Hospital Aintree (Liverpool Clinical Laboratories)

Summary of Training Posts on this Rotational Scheme


Number of Posts

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust 3
St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust 3
University Hospital Aintree 2

Trainees will rotate around the hospitals named above depending on training requirements. Location, duration of placement and date of rotation will be agreed by the Educational Supervisors.

Further information

Further information can be found in the Educational Job description and the Royal College of Pathologists website.

Key Personnel

Training Programme Director

Dr Timothy Neal

Department of Medical Microbiology 
8th Floor Duncan Building
Daulby Street 
L69 3GA

Royal College of Pathologists

The Royal College of Pathologists
2 Carlton House Terrace

Name Role Tel No
Joanne Brinklow Postgraduate Education Officer 020 7451 6759
Julia Kuznecow Examinations Officer 020 7451 6757
Dr Kevin West Joint Committee on Higher Pathology Training


General Medical Council (GMC)

Department Address Tel No
Registration Dept 178 Great Portland St, London W1W 5JE 020 7580 7642

Health Education North West Mersey

Regatta Place, 
Brunswick Business Park, 
Summers Rd, 
L3 4BL.

Name Role Tel No
Dr Mumtaz Patel       Associate Dean  Tbc

The Royal College of Pathologists (local)

Name Role
Dr Richard Cooke Head of School
Dr Vanessa Martlew Specialty Adviser

Trusts Constituting Training Programme:

Dr Cecila Jukka - Educational Supervisor
Liverpool Clinical Laboratories 
Duncan Building 
Royal Liverpool University Hospital 
Daulby Street 
Liverpool, L69 3GA

Dr Madhur Vardhan - Educational Supervisor
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road, 
L35 5DR

Lead Employer Team

Lead Employer
Whiston Hospital, 
Warrington Road, Prescot, 
L35 5DR


Recommended courses in the Medical Microbiology specialty

Strongly Recommended


  ST1 ST2 ST3 ST4 ST5
Mycology course, Bristol or Leeds        
Parasitology course, LSTM        
Antibiotic assay course, Bristol        
Infection Control course, Colindale        
Dip/cert in Clinical Teaching and Training, Mersey        
Lab Management course, Keele or
Diploma in Hospital Infection        


Medical Microbiology has now merged with Infectious Diseases to create the Combined Infection Training STEC.

STEC Chair

Dr Timothy Neal 
Department of Medical Microbiology
8th Floor Duncan Building
Daulby Street
L69 3GA


The overall purpose of the STEC is to oversee the provision, quality and efficiency of joint infection training in Merseyside and to have an overview of the current status of recruitment.  

The STEC and its Training Programme Directors in Medical Microbiology and in Infectious Diseases report to the School of Pathology and School of Medicine respectively about the status of Combined Infection Training in Merseyside.  

The STEC also has a role in ensuring it implements training directives from the respective colleges and disseminates other training-related information as appropriate.  STEC members represent Merseyside joint infection training among key stakeholders.


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the previous meeting
  3. Matter Arising
  4. Training Programme Directors Report
  5. Educational Supervisors Report
  6. Report from School Boards
  7. Trainee Feedback
  8. GMC/College Issues
  9. Quality matters
  10. Any Other Business
  11. Date of Next Meeting


All consultants in the region (whether NHS or academic) are de facto members and should receive an invitation. In addition one trainee representative each from Medical Microbiology and in Infectious Diseases shall be invited and a representative of the Dean is a member.  The Head of School for Medicine and Pathology will also be invited.

The meeting is considered quorate if at least one educational supervisor, or their delegated deputy, from each training centre (Royal and/or Aintree; Whiston; University of Liverpool or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine).


The STEC is chaired by the two Training Programme Directors alternately and the secretariat is provided by Health Education North West Mersey.


Meetings are held quarterly face-to-face unless items arise that need more urgent attention in which case an extraordinary meeting may be called by the Chairs in consultation with the representative of the Dean.  The next meeting will be taking place on 1st May 2015.


Consensus in decision-making on recommendations will be the way of work within the STEC.  If consensus is not possible, decisions on recommendations will be discussed by the Chairs and Deans representatives and put to the wider membership, not present at the meeting.  Final decision will rest with the Chair and Deans representative

Education And Training Programme

It is mandatory for all trainees to attend an induction course at each training site. This will be organised by the educational supervisor and will include key local information. Part of the induction will include attendance at the local Trust’s induction and other content will be tailored to the individual trainee’s needs.

Each site has an educational supervisor.


Individual appraisal will be held in protected time at least every 6 months.

For Specialist Trainees near their CCT, the appraisal will cover more aspects similar to those included in Consultant appraisal.

The appraisal will inform the educational supervisor’s report for the annual assessment

Training Agreements

An annual training agreement should be drawn up by the trainee for discussion and approval by the educational supervisor. This agreement is an important part of the documentation for appraisal. Guidance on writing training agreements is provided in Guidelines For Learning Plan For Sepciality Registrars.


There are two main methods for assessing trainee’s progress: College exam results and in-training assessments via ARCP process

FRCPath Examination

Trainees are expected to undertake and pass the FRCPath examination Parts 1 & 2 during their training time. Detailed information is available on College guidelines & rules for examinations on the College website

Core Training Programme

Trainees are required to download for their own use, a copy of the medical microbiology core training programme from the College website

Record Book of Activity

Trainees are required to download for their own use, a copy of the medical microbiology record of training logbook from the College website


It is expected that trainees will collate and maintain their own personal training portfolio. Documentation should include records of participation in educational activities, training plans, appraisal outcomes and self-assessment.

Training Programme

It is compulsory for trainees to attend the FRCPath Course for Mersey Deanery, until they are successful in passing FRCPath.

The FRCPath Course is currently held on Wednesday afternoons throughout term-time.

R&D Skills to be Developed

Trainees need to develop R & D skills through participation in ongoing research projects. It is expected that trainees will develop a well-defined research project, and should publish their research findings in the scientific literature. Presentations of research and case reports are encouraged.

Trainees are expected to contribute to meetings e.g. post-graduate Trust meetings and to attend relevant scientific meetings. Specific guidance should be sought from the educational supervisor.

Data Management Skills

It is important that trainees develop data management skills so that they are familiar with IT, use of spreadsheets, data sheets and statistical packages. Part of this training will be available at Trust level, by direct involvement in clinical audit projects and R&D. These skills can also be developed from evaluating information from the population served by the department and from technical procedures applied in the laboratory.

Health & Safety

It is mandatory for trainees to participate in H&S training at each training site. This will start at induction but will also include specific H&S training sessions and tutorials with senior laboratory staff.

Management Training

Experience should be gained under supervision, in planning departmental policies and developing leadership qualities to implement them. Tutorials on specific topics will be provided by senior laboratory staff. Attendance at appropriate management meetings and training courses (especially those specific to laboratory management) is encouraged.

Department Training Timetable

Each site provides a departmental training timetable showing local educational events that should be attended in protected time e.g. tutorials, clinical meetings, ward rounds etc.

Clinical Audit

Training in clinical audit will be provided both by attending specific courses and participating in local audit. Trainees will be expected to lead individual audit projects.

Study Leave Entitlement

There is a maximum of 30 days study leave (including private study time (one half day per week) and attendance at meetings, courses, conferences etc.) StRs may also receive leave with pay (other than examination fees) for the purpose of sitting FRCPath examinations.

Trainees Accommodation And Equipment

Trainees will be provided with appropriate bench space and facilities to undertake approved laboratory projects and training.

Teaching Skills

Trainees are expected to contribute to the teaching of junior trainees, medical students, nurses and paramedical students. Attendance at relevant teaching courses is encouraged. Educational supervisors will provide evaluation and feedback on teaching sessions undertaken by the StR

FRCPath 3 Year


Facilitating Consultant

Session Topic

April ‘13

Dr Tim Neal

Infections in ITU/Sepsis

May ‘13

Dr Madhur Vardhan

Meningitis/Neurological Infections

Jun ‘13

Dr Richard Cooke

Neurosurgical Infections

July ‘13

Dr Bowley/Jukka

Infection Control: Strategies MRSA/CDT/GRE, etc.

Aug ‘13

Dr Vicky Panagea

Orthopaedic Infections

Sept ‘13

Dr Ian Hart


Oct ‘13

Dr Karen Allen

Infections in Burns Patients/Bites

Nov ‘13

Dr Jim Anson

New Antimicrobials

Dec ‘13

Dr Carlos Nistal de Pas

Cardiovascular Infections

Jan ‘14

Dr Richard Drew

Paediatric/Neonatal Infections

Feb ‘14

Dr John Cunniffe

UTIs/Prescribing in Renal Patients

Mar ‘14

Dr Godfrey Smith

Laboratory, Hospital and Risk Management/Quality

April ‘14

Dr Mike Beadsworth

Returning Traveller

May ‘14

Dr Bowley/Jukka/Gupta

Infections in Spinal Injury Patients

June ‘14

Dr Jim Anson

Infections in Immunocompromised pts: Haematology

July ‘14

Dr Thamara Nawimana

Pyrexia of Unknown Origin

Aug ‘14

Dr Mike Rothburn

Device-related Infections: IC and treatment

Sept ‘14

Dr Jon Folb


Oct ‘14

Dr Karen Allen

Infection Control: Prevention of HCAIs – Theatres, Ventilation of Hospital premises & Specialist Units, Hospital design.

Nov ‘14

Dr Richard Cooke

Critical Appraisal/CV Writing

Dec ‘14

Dr Tim Neal

Ophthalmology Infections

Jan ‘15

Dr Kalani Mortimer

Infection control cases/laboratory incidents (interactive discussion)

Feb ‘15

Dr Roberto Vivancos

Health Protection, Epidemiology, Emergency Planning, Bioterrorism.

Mar ‘15

Dr Ian Hart

Infections in Immunocommpromised patients: HIV, Transplant

April ‘15

Dr Kavya Mohandas

Infections in Renal/Dialysis Patients

May ‘15

Professor Andrew Fox (HPA, Preston)

Food and Water Microbiology, Outbreaks,

June ‘15

Dr Madhur Vardhan

Dermatology, rashes/drug reactions, skin infections, Dermatophytes

July ‘15

Dr I Kustos/J Croall

Sexually-Transmitted Infections, Gynaecological Infections

Aug ‘15

Dr John Cunniffe

Seasonal Infections/Endocarditis

Sept ‘15

Dr Godfrey Smith

Infections in the Community, Vaccinations

Oct ‘15

Dr Rachel Sen

ENT Infections

Nov ‘15

Dr Anu Chawla

Molecular Technologies and PCR

Dec ‘15

Dr Pankaj Lal

Gastrointestinal Infections/Infections in Liver Disease Patients and General Surgery

Jan ‘16

Prof Nigel Cunliffe


Research techniques/ statistics

Feb ‘16

Dr Maire O’Donoghue

Unusual Pathogens, Reference Laboratories

Mar ‘16

Dr Vicky Panagea

Cystic Fibrosis/COPD/Chronic Chest Infections

April ‘16

Dr Bowley/Jukka/Gupta

Infection Control: Prevention of HCAIs - Decontamination (Autoclaves, Disinfection, Sterilisation, Endoscopy, Clinical Waste)

May ‘16

Dr Anu Chawla

Pregnancy Infections, Virology, Occupational Exposure,

North Western

Programme Overview

Medical Microbiology: The following locations are included in the North Western Deanery rotational training programme in Medical Microbiology: Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Preston Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

The Microbiology departments at each of these participating hospitals offer a range of general and/or specialised training through their laboratories and clinical activities. Trainees will work at five main locations during their programme and will not work at all sites. All centres provide training in laboratory techniques, clinical microbiology and infection control. In addition, trainees will be seconded for short attachments to specialist areas such as food, water and environmental microbiology, virology, genito-urinary medicine and public health medicine in order to gain exposure to the full curriculum in medical microbiology and virology.

Virology: Training in virology is mostly provided at Manchester Royal Infirmary, although some experience may also be gained at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital. Training in food, water and environmental microbiology is available at Royal Preston Hospital. The Regional Health Protection Agency (HPA) laboratory is based at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Rotations are designed to provide an appropriate balance of general and specialist training in medical microbiology.

Sample rotations:  Microbiology A rotation is planned to rotate through the following sites: Year 1: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (North Manchester General or Royal Oldham Hospitals) Year 2: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary) Year 3: Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Blackpool Victoria Hospital) Year 4: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Year 5: University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe Hospital) or Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary)

Microbiology B rotation is planned to rotate through the following sites: Year 1: University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe Hospital) Year 2: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (North Manchester General or Royal Oldham Hospitals) Year 3: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary) Year 4: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Year 5: Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill Hospital)

Please note that the posts on the rotation may occasionally be changed at the discretion of the Specialty Training Committee from those specified above, in order to meet particular training needs.

The training supervisor at each site will meet formally with the trainee at site induction and at 6 monthly intervals or more frequently whilst at that site. An Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) will be held for each post holder.

Medical Microbiology and Virology

Training Programme Director & Regional Advisor for Medical Microbiology

Name Affiliation Contact
Dr Andrew Dodgson Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email

Regional Advisor for Virology

Name Affiliation Contact
Dr Ken Mutton Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email

Educational and Clinical Supervisors

Name Affiliation Contact
Dr Paul Chadwick Salford Royal Foundation Trust  Email
Dr A Guleri Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email
Dr Stephanie Thomas University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Email
Dr Ed Kaczmarski The Christie NHS Foundation Trust  Email
Dr Andrew Dodgson Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email
Dr Sarah Maxwell Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Email
Dr Ed Wilkins Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Email
Dr Amanda Barnes Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email

Dr Kirsty Dodgson 

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Currently on Maternity Leave) Email
Dr B Sanyal Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email

Dr John Cheesbrough

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Email
Dr Azhar Iqbal Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  Email

Trainee Representative

Name Affiliation Contact
Dr Charlotte Brookfield   n/a