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Clinical Embryologist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a trained Clinical Embryologist to join our dedicated team at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Centre for Reproductive Medicine is a well-established unit offering a full range of laboratory diagnostic and assisted conception techniques including IVF, ICSI, PESA, TESE and semen & embryo cryopreservation.

The Centre for Reproductive Medicine is housed in a purpose built facility and the embryology laboratories are equipped with state of the art equipment. The majority of our IVF patients have blastocyst stage embryo transfer using the EmbryoScope for culture.

We also have excellent research collaborations with world renowned teams including the Biomedical Research Unit in Reproductive Health Warwick University medical School.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

1. The post holder will be expected to apply scientific knowledge, skill and expertise at the highest professional level over the full range of embryology and andrology procedures in the provision of a high quality clinical service to patients.

2. The post holder will be expected to work unsupervised with decision making responsibility and will be required to take responsibility for other special duties.

3. Contribution to development of the service will be an integral part of the role.

4.Routine laboratory maintenance and administration will be a requirement of the role.

5. Required to be HFEA ICSI licensed and HCPC registered.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a First Class or Upper Second Class Biological Sciences degree and as a minimum post graduate requirement have achieved or be about to achieve completion of the ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology or the National School of Healthcare Science NHS Scientist Training Program (STP) in Reproductive Science, Embryology. Applications from candidates with or close to attainment of HCPC registration would be preferred (please indicate in your application when you intend to submit your portfolio). Ideally, he/she will have substantial hands on embryology experience and be a licensed ICSI practitioner.

Opportunities for further training and research would be encouraged and supported.

The position is a permanent position which will require some weekend and out of hours work on a rotational basis and will have on call responsibilities.

Main responsibilities:

1. To participate in the provision of clinical embryology and andrology services, including oocyte identification and culture, IVF or ICSI insemination. Micromanipulation. Identification of normal and abnormal fertilisation. Culture and assessment of preimplantation embryos, including grading of blastocysts, embryo transfer procedures, gamete and embryo cryopreservation and thawing. Gamete and embryo vitrification and warming.

2. Contribute to scientific decisions demanded by the service, including making decisions on patients clinical treatments.

3. Preparation of sperm for clinical treatments, including intrauterine insemination of patients, both patient samples and donor sperm. Cryopreservation of semen samples for AssistedConception patients and Oncology patients, including surgical retrieval of sperm and subsequent preparation and freezing.

4.To participate in the supervision and day to day running of the andrology laboratory.

5. Diagnostic semen analyses, communication of results of diagnostic semen analyses to nursing staff, clinicians, GPs and other service users, offer advice regarding appropriate treatment and further tests if required.

6. Advise patients on methods of semen collection, including those cases of suspected retrograde ejaculation.

7. To apply personal scientific skills and highly specialised technical expertise at the highest professional level in the full range of routine and specialised investigations and clinical procedures demanded by the service provided by the Centre for Reproductive Medicine.

8. Maintenance and audit of cryopreserved samples including donor semen, semen stored for patients own use and cryopreserved embryos, to include monitoring the alarm system.

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


University Hospitals Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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