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Subject Specialist (LIMS)

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary

This vacancy is open to current employees of the five Acute Trusts name below who are part of The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Pathology Network only. Any other applications will be rejected and not taken forward.

We are seeking to appoint x6 Subject Specialists who will play a key role in the implementation of the new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) incorporating LIMS across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Pathology (SYBP) Network. They will act as the Subject Specialist within their area of expertise and with their specific knowledge of internal Trust systems, will be involved in the decision-making processes for the design and workflow of the new EPR whilst working within broadly defined parameters.

Subject Specialists will be appointed for each of the following disciplines:
  • Chemistry & Immunology
  • Haematology, Coagulation & Specialist Haematology
  • Blood transfusion
  • Histopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Point of Care

The experienced Subject Specialist will be a champion in their own field and must carry credibility with colleagues. They will play a vital role in enabling successful service transition and therefore must have an aptitude for understanding digital systems and its enablers in healthcare. The postholder will be expected to attend all the workflow and content events related to their expertise for the project, once per week in the first instance however as the implementation progresses you will be required to commit to more.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the new LIMS across the network and will be working closely with the Pathology Senior Management Team and other key stakeholders. They will be monitoring compliance, achievement of key targets and the development of robust systems and processes which will ensure timely delivery of information as a key element of this post. The post holder will work with appropriate staff to analyse and plan the developing needs of the service to promote the achievement of the Network.

They will be the point of contact for the discipline and be responsive to queries from a range of stakeholders including SYB Pathology Transformation Board, discipline leads, Reference Group leads, colleagues, suppliers and the LIMS project management team.

Working collaboratively with key stakeholder colleagues from SYBP Network the post holder will use their expert discipline knowledge to inform the design and configuration of the new system, ensuring that key design decisions are agreed within the SYBP Network Reference Groups.

Working with the Testing Manager the post holder will ensure that discipline specific test scripts are built. They will work with the Training Manager in the development of appropriate training materials.

The post holder will analyse Data to monitor performance trends and targets utilising the pathology annual business plan as a framework to achieve improvement in processes and patient outcomes.

About us

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust operates with a budget of �1.2 bn, has a workforce of over 18,500 employees, covers 5 hospital sites, provides care from over 40 community settings and has an excellent reputation for research.

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

The post holder will be required to undertake duties at any of the sites within the SYB Pathology network, these include:
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT)
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBTHFT)
  • The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT)
  • Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT)

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period until 31 May 2026 due to the post being recruited as part of a limited term project within the Trust. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts taking into consideration the requirement for the post to be maintained as a part of the projects implementation and the timescales associated with this.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Higher degree or equivalent OR relevant experience
  • HCPC Registration or qualification in advanced IT use (e.g. Microsoft Office Specialist, ISEB Certificate in Data, Management Essentials or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Must work for the 5 Acute Trusts who are part of the SYBP network



  • Experience with Laboratory Information Systems and Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of operational Pathology services and in-depth understanding of Pathology IT requirements
  • Specialist knowledge, experience and expertise of information analysis and the use of information across the discipline
  • Experience of analysing data and information and presenting this to a range of users
  • A proven ability to work effectively and sensitively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of managing relationships with other organisations, departments, disciplines

Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent planning, organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good leadership and supervisory skills
  • Experience of managing challenging situations
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • Ability to develop and implement training programmes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate where necessary
  • Ability to prioritise a wide range of competing priorities and deal with a range of competing and changing demands, tight deadlines and a pressurised environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and to exercise political judgement and astuteness when working with stakeholders with differing complex agendas
  • Awareness of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS priorities and work streams
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information from multiple sources where judgements/interpretation is required to produce reports or make recommendations of actions to senior management

other factors


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Resilient: adaptable to change, creative and innovative
  • Excellent mediator
  • Flexible with the ability to look beyond current practices and structures, ways of working, boundaries and organisations, to help produce more innovative and effective service delivery and partnerships.
  • Willingness to develop new skills including completing appropriate training as required.
  • Self-aware and self-motivated: able to delivery work to a high quality with little or no supervision.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • A team player, but able to work alone
  • A professional approach which inspires confidence
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities with the willingness to challenge and be challenged

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