Trainee Clinical Perfusionist Band 6

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like an opportunity to train as a Clinical Perfusion Scientist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The successful candidate will follow a two year MSC training programme leading to full registration with The College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists GB and I.

Main duties of the job

You will join the Clinical Perfusion team here at LHCH and be trained in a range of cardiopulmonary circulatory support and associated techniques required to provide a clinical service to our patients.

Applicants successful in being invited for interview will need to be available on 18/07/2023 with an anticipated starting employment date of 04/09/2023.

About us

As the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the UK, we, at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, have a clear vision 'to be the best cardiothoracic integrated healthcare organisation'.

We provide specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine both in the hospital and out in the community.

We serve a catchment area of 2.8 million people, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly we receive referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

Our reputation for strong performance is important in delivering the best care for our patients and high quality clinical services. This is underpinned by a culture of research and innovation, delivered in modern estate and our encouragement of flexible working in a variety of forms.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


POST: Trainee Clinical Perfusion Scientist


ACCOUNTABLE TO: Clinical Perfusion Manager


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH) is a major adult cardiac unit performing over 2000 cardiac surgical procedures per annum specialising in complex aortic surgery, adult congenital surgery and minimally invasive valve surgery including robotic surgery.

The Clinical Perfusion Scientist is an autonomous practitioner who will be responsible for cardiopulmonary bypass procedures and related perfusion services in adults undergoing cardiac surgery in both elective and emergency procedures.

The role of the Trainee Perfusionist is to attain the correct qualifications, knowledge and skills to practice as an autonomous Clinical Perfusion Scientist. Training is undertaken in the clinical environment at LHCH with block-release to attend Bristol University to obtain an MSc in Perfusion Science (more details available from the Bristol university website).

The Trainee Clinical Perfusion Scientist will learn to provide clinical and professional perfusion services as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They will also learn to provide a wide range of Perfusion Services additional to cardiopulmonary bypass to facilitate the full range of surgical techniques at LHCH, these include but are not limited to Cell Salvage, Point of Care testing, ECMO and Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps.



o Learn to conduct cardiopulmonary bypass on patients undergoing a wide range of highly complex open-heart surgery procedures whilst constantly monitoring, interpreting and manipulating multiple complex clinical parameters taking corrective actions including blood transfusion and drug administration.

o To administer drugs both controlled and others as required for conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass and related perfusion procedures in line with Trust and departmental protocols.

o Be able to maintain intense levels of concentration in all aspects of patient management for prolonged periods of time

o Maintain accurate records of perfusion and patient parameters during open-heart surgery.

o Learn to set up, prime and clinically manage cardiopulmonary bypass equipment for cardiac surgical procedures according to perfusion procedure and protocols. All cases will be done with a named supervisor.

o Monitor and where necessary, make appropriate corrections to blood gases, electrolytes and anticoagulation status of the patient.

o Assess the patient for relevant medical history, pathology and diagnosis and make appropriate clinical decisions impacting the procedure e.g. in regards to cannulation, need for filtration or cell salvage. Discuss and advise on these matters with the Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Anaesthetist in order to get the best results for the patient.

o Assist with perfusion related procedures and services outside the confines of cardiac theatres when and wherever required for example emergencies on the ward, cath lab and Intensive care.

o With the assistance of a qualified perfusionist, determine and execute appropriate extracorporeal support using a range of perfusion related devices, clearly indicating the relevance and limitations of cardiopulmonary support where required.

o Learn to clinically manage the use of Intra-Aortic Counter-Pulsation catheters and console drivers, providing expertise to all LHCH medical and nursing staff as required.

o Learn to clinically manage the use of Cell Salvage Machines including the use of autologous platelet rich plasmapheresis and providing expertise to LHCH nursing staff on intensive care if required.

o Ensure application of aseptic technique throughout clinical procedures and safely dispose of all infected/contaminated disposables/waste (including blood) in accordance with Trust policies and ensure all equipment is disinfected.

o To take precautions to protect the patients, other staff and yourself from the spread of infection within the workplace.

o Ensure quality control, calibration, maintenance, and servicing of all medical equipment within the perfusion department including Point of Care Testing machines, ensuring to comply with the Trust reporting procedures relating to faults.

o Assist in the development and continual review of all departmental protocols and policies relating to clinical perfusion to reflect best practice, current health and safety legislation and changing requirements for service provision.

o Participate in relevant research projects and audits within or involving the perfusion department.

o Develop, maintain and contribute knowledge of clinical advances in specialist areas of expertise through attending local, national and international conferences and to present these findings to other members of the department/Trust where appropriate.

o Move very heavy (> 250kg) equipment between clinical areas. This also includes when required the transfer of patients on specialist devices (e.g. IABPs and ECMO) around the hospital.

o Become familiar and confident with all point of care testing devices within the perfusion department such as ACT machines, blood gas machines, thromboelastometry and platelet function testing.

o Communicate in an effective, clear, precise way as a key member of the cardiac multi-disciplinary team, providing and receiving complex and/or contentious information to ensure a positive patient outcome.

o Have an up to date knowledge of disease processes and conditions relevant to the conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass.

o Develop a knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of relevant cardiovascular drugs employed during and affecting cardiopulmonary bypass.

o Contribute to evidence based clinical practice by critically reviewing current literature and help to ensure effective delivery of the perfusion service.

o Take a supportive role in the clinical evaluation and critical review of new devices/ equipment.


o Support the Perfusion Manager to meet the demands upon the service presented by emergencies and other events.

o Be aware of and follow key LHCH values such as Be Civil, Be Kind and to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.

o Liaise with other departments when required e.g. medical engineering to ensure maintenance and safe function.

o Effectively manage conflict where necessary and have awareness of LHCH escalation initiatives (e.g. HALT) to provide solutions and actions.

o Raise the Clinical Perfusion Scientists profile by promoting good practice initiatives within the trust.

o Employ supportive skills with other members of staff after extremely stressful, highly emotional or traumatic events. Take part in de-brief/analysis of such events as appropriate.


o Autonomously manage work time with workload and caseload.

o Monitor stock levels and take appropriate actions when required.

o Prepare and present information at Audit events to the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team.


o Obtain professional registration with the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland through training both at LHCH and undertaking the MSc in Perfusion Science course at Bristol University.

o Comply with the professional code of conduct and guidelines of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland.

o Maintain LHCH Mandatory training requirements.

o Learn to become an autonomous practitioner who leads by example and acts as a role model, providing clinical and professional perfusion services as part of a multidisciplinary team.

o Perform safe decontamination and routine testing of heater cooler units according to the manufacturers protocol and hospital policy.

o Participate in scientific presentations to a wide target audience.

o Keep up to date with current developments in the field of perfusion and have an awareness of future implications for development of current cardiac service.

o Assist in the delivery of core and specialist training on a range of subjects relating to clinical perfusion science.

o Interact with patients and relatives in a respectful and sensitive manner.

o Communicate effectively and clearly with colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team aiding a good working relationship.

o Demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice with peers and mentors


o Learn to rapidly process patient information from several different sources at the same time to ensure the best-decision making for the patient.

o Be able to constructively evaluate and discuss multiple conflicting information with multiple staffing teams

o Monitor, evaluate and contribute to changes in practice to improve quality of patient care.


o The post holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and well-being and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital. In addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.

o The job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review.

Person Specification



  • Upper second class honours degree in science/medicine related subject


  • Degree preferable in a life science, biological science or biomedical science



  • Demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to personal goals.
  • Previous work experience


  • Evidence of manual dexterity and spatial awareness.
  • Previous full-time employment.
  • Previous visit to cardiac surgery unit.

Skills and Abilities


  • Computer Literate.
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
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