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Automated Blood Sciences Lead

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year pa/pro rata for part time
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be recruiting to the role of Automated Blood Sciences Lead for the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Pathology (SYBP) network.

SYBP is on a transformational journey that will fully integrate our existing pathology services, providing the best possible service for patients and clinicians across the Integrated Care System. It is our mission to deliver high-quality and innovative laboratory medicine solutions to patients, clinicians and partners to improve health, add value to patient care, safeguard best clinical outcomes and support the transformation of healthcare across SYB and beyond.

If you are a passionate Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist with HCPC registration and you are ready to join our team in a post that will be instrumental in leading change and developing services for the future, we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

As Automated Blood Sciences Lead, working with the SYB Pathology Manager, you will provide senior leadership and oversight for a range of strategic, operational and business management activities for Automated Blood Sciences, including the consistent delivery of key quality and performance standards, income and activity targets, productivity and efficiency plans, and robust annual business plans. You will be responsible for the management, compliance and implementation of Local and National policies, with responsibility for all non-medical staff.

You will have collective responsibility with the SYBP Scientific Director and Pathology Manager for the strategic development of services in Automated Blood Sciences and across SYBP, the delivery of key performance indicators and objectives, achieving the clinical standards required to comply with high-quality, well-governed, equitable and patient-centred services.

Along with leading the discipline you will support network wide projects such as the implementation of a new Laboratory Information Management System and a Managed Equipment Service procurement. You will provide leadership through the critical stages of forming a single SYB service when Partner Trusts transfer services to Sheffield Teaching Hospital as host of the network through to service reconfiguration.

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.

As an organisation we value and respect our staff and the community we serve. We provide excellent staff benefits, this includes commitment to professional development but also many initiatives to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Whilst Sheffield Teaching Hospital is the host employer you will be required to undertake duties at any of the sites within the Pathology Network, these include:
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBTH)
  • The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT)
  • Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT)
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (STH)

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

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

Person Specification



  • Educated to Master level in Biomedical / Clinical Science, or equivalent experience
  • Registration with HCPC as Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist
  • Leadership / Management qualification or post graduate diploma, or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development



  • Extensive experience within Blood Sciences
  • Extensive experience of successful senior management in a complex pathology department within an organisation
  • Proven experience across a range of working procedures and practices involved in pathology laboratory testing, with knowledge sufficient to act as an expert in this area
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working with a wide range of management disciplines including finance, HR, commissioning, risk management, Service Improvement and Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrable experience of budget management including analysis and interpretation of highly complex principles and processes linked to income, expenditure and activity data/plans
  • High level of knowledge and experience in routine and complex Human Resource issues including change management, engagement, communication, leadership and management
  • Demonstrable experience of leading service improvements to influence patient care
  • Proven track record in the development and delivery of business plans and business development cases which takes account of the organisation's strategic direction
  • Experience of the clinical governance agenda including clinical risk and safety
  • Experience of workforce planning and recruitment and retention strategies
  • Experience of operational and business planning and implementation including strategic planning and options appraisal
  • Experience of laboratory IT systems and a thorough understanding of departmental systems management
  • Experience of laboratory IT systems and a thorough understanding of departmental systems management
  • Experience of managing risk within a Pathology service
  • Extensive experience of quality management systems and processes
  • Experience of service and policy development


  • Previous experience of managing a pathology service within the NHS
  • Experience of managing pathology services across more than one site.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Relevant scientific and clinical knowledge appropriate to Blood Sciences
  • Proven leadership skills in a complex, challenging environment strong, inclusive leadership style
  • Knowledge of the relevant standards, legislation, national and local policies and accreditation requirements relating to all aspects of service.
  • Able to communicate highly complex, sensitive, contentious or emotive information to individuals or groups in a clear and concise manner.
  • Analytical and judgemental skills in evaluating complex ranges of issues including but not limited to Quality, Service Development, Organisational and Staffing Issues
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to deal with a number of conflicting priorities in a calm and professional manner working to demanding timescales
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiation skills with excellent change management skills including major service reconfiguration
  • Ability to broker agreements across organisational boundaries to deliver agreed pathways and processes
  • Understanding of the NHS plan and improvement agenda in particular aspects relevant to pathology services

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

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


You will be based at one of the sites in the SYBP network.

Herries Road


S5 7AU

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