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Specialist Transfusion Practitioner

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year Per annum inc
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

St Bartholomews Hospital & Royal London

Two exciting opportunities has come up within the East and South East London (ESEL) Pathology Network, for an enthusiastic Specialist Transfusion Practitioner who shares our vision of a high-quality transfusion service, and invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced Nurses, Biomedical Scientists Band 7 level, or a Band 6 already fulfilling a TP role or keen to move their career in that direction.

The successful candidate for the role of Specialist Transfusion Practitioner must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to organise and motivate staff. The appointee will assist the Lead Transfusion Practitioner, and other members of the Blood Transfusion management team, in providing a comprehensive, cost effective, and high-quality Blood Transfusion service to the Trust. There are two positions vacant, one at the Royal London Hospital and the other at the St Bartholomews Hospital, Barts Health Trust, who are sponsors of the ESEL Pathology Partnership. The successful appointee will represent Blood Transfusion at may be required to attend external meetings, and contributeto service improvement initiatives, as well as facilitating delivery of the current serviceprovision across the Partnership.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will also work with the Hospital Transfusion Committee to ensurethe appropriate use of blood, blood components, and alternatives to transfusion.

The post holder will be providing a link between the Transfusion Laboratory and the clinical interfaceand will be delivering training and competency assessment packages for the Transfusionprocess to any Trust employee involved in the transfusion process.The Specialist Transfusion Practitioner will be expected to regularly audit transfusionprocesses, re-design where necessary, aiming for continuous improvement. You willbecome a champion of best practice ensuring the Transfusion processes meet the BloodSafety & quality legislation and other regulatory bodies

About us

The NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership is an arms-length organisation providing pathology services to Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. The Pathology Partnership is hosted by Barts Health.

The Pathology Partnership is based on well-established models for pathology networks, with the Royal London Hospital becoming the main hub laboratory for the network and Essential Service Laboratories (ESL) as a minimum at all other Hospital sites.

Pathology is made up of the following services - Blood Sciences including Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Biochemistry; Infectious Diseases including Microbiology and Virology; Cellular Pathology including Histopathology, non-gynae Cytology and mortuary services; Immunology; Cytogenetics and Molecular Haematology; Immunophenotyping; Clinical Transplantation and Retinoblastoma.

The 2020/21 total operating costs across the Partnership were c. �126m per annum with a workforce establishment of circa. 822 WTE. We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be provided training on investigation of clinical Transfusionerrors and adverse events, implementing effective corrective and preventative actions toimprove safety and quality.For further details / informal visits contact:Sara Hammond, Lead Specialist Transfusion Practitioner on 02033460432 or

Person Specification



  • Extensive years post registration experience
  • Experience of teaching, supervising and training
  • Demonstrate evidence of innovative practice


  • Experience of effectively managing staff



  • An ability to motivate and organise self and others
  • Advanced communication skills at all levels
  • Customer care skills Excellent negotiation and co-ordination
  • Awareness of current research and its effect on care



  • Current clinical or laboratory knowledge of Blood Transfusion
  • Knowledge of audit and quality programmes
  • Quality management systems
  • Good computer knowledge and skills: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of basic management techniques



  • BSc. Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council or Nursing & Midwifery Council


  • MSc or IBMS Special (Fellowship) Examination (or equivalent experience)



  • Demonstrates an understanding of the statutory requirements of appropriate professional body
  • Adaptable and flexible to changing situations
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Committed and enthusiastic Presentation skills

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