Deputy Head of Service for Laboratory Medicine

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking to recruit a Deputy Head of Service to lead the operational laboratory service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital. The laboratory is a centre of excellence across the 2 sites, for Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Haemostasis disorders, Clinical Biochemistry including Automation, Specialist metabolic and Immunochemistry services.

This is an exciting time to work at UHBW as part of the West of England network and the successful applicant can look forward to driving change and to make an impact on services in the future.

We will also be implementing new technology within the laboratory as part of the Managed Services Contract for the WoE network.

The reward for the successful applicant would be the chance to work within a supportive environment with opportunities to grow and flourish in the role .

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead the operational management of the UHBW Laboratory Service across the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital.

The post holder will work with the Head of Service and Section Leads, across the range of laboratory services, to ensure operational targets are met.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • HCPC Registration as a BMS
  • BSc or equivalent in Biomedical Science
  • MSc
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Postgraduate qualification in Management / leadership qualification

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to promote a high performance culture, whilst coaching and empowering others
  • Challenges conflict where this is impacting on service delivery or standards and help to broker agreements
  • Able to use influencing strategies to bring about substantial change, including user involvement
  • Able to set and meet challenging goals, applying measures to track and quantify achievement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to represent the Department effectively in its relations with other Departments and externally

Knowledge and Experience


  • Operational experience in an NHS laboratory
  • Graduate level of education and postgraduate level professional practice and written communication skills
  • Understanding of quality standards
  • Understanding of organisational objectives
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to service improvements
  • Experience of laboratory computer systems
  • Understanding of the critical importance of confidentiality
  • Experience of document management systems (e.g. Q-Pulse)
  • Management experience at operational level, involving evidence of ability to meet targets, achieve service performance improvements and positive outcomes for users
  • Evidence of successful working with teams, including clinical and non-clinical staff


  • Postgraduate qualification in Management or equivalent experience



  • Good team member
  • Concientious
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work alone
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

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