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CONSULTANT IN COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL

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					                  Specimen job description:
 Consultant in communicable disease control

                              January 2002


                                    Agreed by:
                  The Faculty of Public Health Medicine
                     The Royal College of Pathologists
                      The Royal College of Physicians
          The Joint Committee on Infection and Tropical Medicine
                The Association of Medical Microbiologists



Workforce Department
The Royal College of Pathologists
2 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AF

Telephone: 020 7451 6725
Fax:      020 7451 6701
Email:    medicalworkforce@rcpath.org
Website:  www.rcpath.org/workforce

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                                     SPECIMEN JOB DESCRIPTION

A draft job description, person specification and preferably the draft advertisement should be shared
with the Faculty Adviser in Public Health Medicine (Faculty of Public Health Medicine) and the Regional
Adviser (The Royal College of Pathologists) before agreement. The Faculty of Pubic Health Medicine
and The Royal College of Pathologists would be grateful for any comments on this specimen job
description.



                                        HEALTH AUTHORITY

                     Consultant in communicable disease control (CCDC)

                                           Job summary

The post-holder will be a consultant in communicable disease control dealing with the surveillance,
prevention and control of communicable disease and the health aspects of non-communicable
environmental hazards. State whether a new or replacement post and whether whole-time/part-time,
job share available, etc.

Principal responsibilities
The consultant will have executive responsibility for the surveillance, prevention and control of
communicable disease in the population of ……. with boundaries coterminous with Local Authority
Councils of … In addition, the consultant may have the lead responsibility for the coordination of the
health aspects of response to chemical incidents in the said district of ... as set out in
HSG(93)38/WHC(98)54 and WHC(99)155. In discharging these responsibilities, the consultant will
maintain and develop effective working relationships with individuals and organisations involved with
protection of the health of the population, in particular the environmental health departments, water
companies and the Environment Agency, veterinary services, microbiology departments, hospital
control of infection teams, occupational health services, hospital medical staff and primary care groups
(Trusts)/local health groups, schools, nursing homes, prisons and voluntary agencies. Liaison will be
required with health service managers, other consultants in communicable disease control, the
Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, regional epidemiologists and the Departments of Health
and Environment/National Assembly for Wales, as well as the close working relationship with other
consultants in public health medicine and the Director of Public Health of the Health Authority.

Specifically, the consultant will:
1.    maintain and develop an effective system for the surveillance of communicable disease in the
      district, and ensure that the district surveillance system feeds into regional and national
      surveillance
2.    assume overall responsibility for the control of outbreaks of infectious disease under the
      guidelines issued by the NHS Executive/National Assembly for Wales, coordinating control of
      major outbreaks and working closely with the infection control doctors in hospitals and regional
      epidemiologists
3.    identify problems, define objectives, prepare plans and set targets for the control of
      communicable disease in the district
4.    supervise and coordinate activities for the prevention of communicable disease



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5.    be part of Trust’s and Health Authority’s Control of Infection Committees and play a leading role
      ensuring the preparation of contingency plans for the control of major outbreaks both in
      hospitals and community settings
6.    provide medical advice and perform the duties of the Proper Officer, as agreed with the district
      councils within the district, including ensuring proper arrangements for emergency on-call
      arrangements outside office hours and providing relevant reports to the Local Authority
      Committee
7.    provide, with other colleagues, an emergency 24-hour rota for communicable disease and,
      where appropriate, non-communicable disease/environmental health hazards control. The rota
      covers the whole of the district/sector and is undertaken by all medical members of the public
      health directorate and is usually ... (Rota arrangements may not be as described here. Some
      departments run three-tier rotas and rotas may not cover counties.)
8.    in exceptional, unforeseen circumstances, be prepared to provide assistance to neighbouring
      districts during major communicable disease (or, where appropriate, non-infectious hazard
      incidents)
9.    be a member of and contributor to the regional CCDC liaison group
10.   contribute to education and training in communicable disease (and, where appropriate, non-
      communicable disease/environmental hazards) prevention and control, including the training of
      public health medicine as an accredited trainer, microbiology and other trainees. In departments
      where specialist registrars are trained, an indication that the department has been approved for
      this purpose should be given
11.   contribute to the annual report on the health of the population
12.   other duties as agreed by negotiation between the post holder and the Director of Public Health.

Depending on the requirements of the particular job, the following responsibilities should be
included as appropriate:
13.   assume overall responsibility as the health authority designated individual responsible for the
      surveillance and handling of the health aspects of non-infectious environmental hazards for the
      health authority area of … as set out in HSG(93)56/WHC(93)61 and HSG(93)38/WHC(98)54 and
      WHC(99)155 and more recent guidelines
14.   with health promotion colleagues, coordinate activities to promote the infection control aspects
      of sexual health and to prevent the spread of HIV infection. This will also involve liaison with
      genito-urinary and respiratory physicians and others with responsibility for HIV (see also item 17)
15.   assume the lead (see also item 17) in the development of the local immunisation policy for the
      district and in monitoring its implementation through service contracts
16.   assume the lead in the development of infection control advice for the wider community
      (schools, nursing homes, prisons, etc.) working closely with the CICN(S)/public health nurse(s)
17.   some health authorities have senior staff who lead on HIV and immunisation, and the
      responsibility for these and for non-infection environmental hazards may be varied according to
      the circumstances of the district
18.   provide advice to the commissioning department regarding service level agreement for CDC.




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Staffing
The consultant will work closely with CICN(S)/public health nurse(s) and … [mention members of
team]. If appropriate for the post: the consultant will have managerial responsibility for support staff
within the communicable disease control team. [List other members of staff.]

Workload
Describe enough to be meaningful, e.g. numbers of cases of meningococcal disease, outbreak control
meetings, infection control committee meetings, other major commitments.

Accountability
The post-holder will be a member of the Public Health Department and professionally accountable to
the ... Health Authority and managerially accountable to the Director of Public Health. The post-holder
also performs the duties of the Proper Officer as agreed with the district councils. If there is another
CCDC in the department, describe arrangements.
The following wording could be used where a CCDC would be expected to be accountable to another CCDC
as part of a larger Communicable Disease Team, perhaps providing a communicable disease control service
to a number of health authorities.
Responsible to: lead consultant in communicable disease control for xxxx Health Authority(ies)/Clinical
Director of Communicable Disease Control/Health Protection. Professional accountability to xxxx
Authority.
The post-holder will be accountable to the xxxx Council(s) when performing the duties of the Proper
Officer as agreed with the respective Councils.

Qualifications and experience
Please refer to the person specification for full details. Any wording used in this section must be consistent
with that used in the person specification.
Registered medical practitioner with appropriate higher qualifications and experience in public health
medicine, or medical microbiology or infectious diseases medicine, accredited by the Specialist
Training Authority and included in the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register. It is essential
that the post-holder should have had six months minimum training in communicable disease control
and training in relevant disciplines.
Appropriate approved specialist training will be available in order to allow the successful candidate to
widen his/her knowledge and experience prior to undertaking the full responsibilities of the consultant
post.

Base
The post is based at ... but will involve travel within the district (and other districts covered for on-call
purposes) for which appropriate mileage rates will be paid. [Describe departmental facilities, e.g. office
space and meetings rooms, mention that secretarial and communication assistance will be provided,
plus personal PC and IT support and say whether a mobile phone will be provided.]

No-smoking policy
For example:
The health authority has a no-smoking policy, whereby smoking is not permitted in any of the offices or
premises. NB Most NHS organisations’ smoking policies also cover smoking where there is contact with
the public when the person is a representative of the NHS, i.e. outside NHS premises.


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Equal opportunities
For example:
The Health Authority believes in equality of opportunity at work. Applications for full-time, part-time or
job share working are all welcome.

The ….. Health Authority
Description of Health Authority.

The Public Health Directorate
Description of public health department, including relationship between CCDC and Director of Public
Health.

Links with other CCDCs and regional epidemiologist
Describe as appropriate.

Environmental health
Description of various environmental health departments.

Microbiology clinical and diagnostic facilities
Description of local microbiology laboratories and Public Health Laboratories.

Clinical links
Description of relationships with local clinicians, e.g. GU, GP, etc.

Regional and university links
Description of regional and university links.

Continuing professional development (CPD)
The Health Authority supports continuous professional development for all staff and attaches
considerable importance to its staff development strategy. The post-holder is expected to participate
in CPD and is encouraged to take part in events designed to widen knowledge and expertise in all areas,
not only those relating to their own area of work. Describe the library/university; arrangements for study
leave and funding; opportunities for research.

Clinical governance and audit
Participation in clinical governance activities and audit is obligatory. There is regular involvement in
audit activities and each consultant is encouraged to develop appropriate ideas for reviewing their own
work practices.

Annual appraisal
Describe as appropriate.

Terms and conditions of employment




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Terms and conditions of employment will be those laid down for doctors in public heath medicine and
community health services or the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Hospital Doctors or for
microbiologists.

Medical questionnaire
For example:
This appointment is subject to completion of a satisfactory medical questionnaire, which may involve a
medical examination. You may also be required to undergo medical examinations in the future and/or
at intervals stipulated by the Health Authority.

Confidentiality
For example:
Any matters of a confidential nature, including information relating to the diagnosis and treatment of
patients, individual staff records and details of contract prices and terms, must under no circumstances
be divulged to any unauthorised person or persons. Disciplinary action will be taken for any breach of
confidentiality.

Health and safety at work
For example:
You are required to take reasonable care of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your
acts or omissions. You are required to understand and act upon the Health Authority’s ‘Health and
safety at work’ policy, and ensure that the staff you manage are aware of the policy and understand
their obligations.

Job plan
Describe as appropriate.

Specimen CCDC person specification

                                                                                 Essential Desirable
 Education and qualifications
 Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register                                           X
 MFPHM by examination, by exemption or by assessment or MRCPath or                               X
 MRCP or equivalent
 Applicants who are specialist registrars in public health medicine or medical      X
 microbiology or infectious diseases medicine not yet on the GMC Specialist
 Register must have fully passed Part 2 MFPHM/ MRCPath/MRCP and must
 provide documentary evidence (see note 2 below) that they are within six
 months – i.e. six months beforehand – of inclusion in the Specialist Register
 at the date of interview.
 Experience
 Adequate experience in public health medicine, or medical microbiology or          X
 infectious diseases medicine
 Minimum of six months training in communicable disease control                     X
 (see note 1 below)

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  Minimum of six months communicable disease control attachment                                    X
  Training in dealing with environmental hazards/chemical incidents                   X
  (if included in job description)
  Experience and demonstrable competency in dealing with environmental                             X
  hazards/chemical incidents (if included in job description)

  Skills
  Excellent oral and written communication skills                                     X
  Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams                              X
  Research skills and interests in communicable diseases or a related field                        X
  Able to demonstrate the practical application of research findings in district-                  X
  based working.


Note 1
Where appropriate, training can be provided in relevant areas in agreement with colleagues prior to the
consultant taking on the full responsibilities of the post.

Note 2
(i)    The Faculty of Public Health Medicine advises that applicants who are specialist registrars in
       public health medicine not yet on the GMC Specialist Register must have fully passed the Part 2
       MFPHM examination in order to be shortlistable for a consultant grade post. It also advises that
       suitable signed documentary evidence must be provided by such applicants to confirm that they
       are within six months (i.e. six months beforehand) of being included on the GMC Specialist
       Register at the date of interview. The documentary evidence should be:
            either a RITA Form G (Final Record of Satisfactory Progress) or a letter from the
             postgraduate dean (or Faculty Adviser) specifying the date for completion of training
       AND
            a letter from the Faculty confirming that the applicant has fully passed the Part 2 MFPHM
             examination.

(ii)   The Royal College of Pathologists advises that applicants who are specialist registrars in medical
       microbiology not yet on the GMC Specialist Register must have fully passed the MRCPath Part 2
       examination in order to be shortlistable for a consultant grade post. It also advises that suitable
       signed documentary evidence must be provided by such applicants to confirm that they are
       within six months (i.e. six months beforehand) of being included on the GMC Specialist Register at
       the date of interview. The documentary evidence should be:
            either a RITA Form G (Final Record of Satisfactory Progress) or a College notification form
             from the postgraduate dean specifying the date for completion of training
       AND
            a letter from the College confirming that the applicant has fully passed the MRCPath Part 2
             examination.




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