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Biochemistry Team Manager (Temporary) *Internal Applicants*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Pro rota per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
Job summary


Biochemistry Team Manager (Temporary) Band 7 Secondment for 6 months

Provision of a comprehensive service to North Cumbria Hospitals and community. All staff are expected to work to the Trust Values. The Blood Sciences department ensures the provision of a comprehensive service to North Cumbria Hospitals and primary care. The departments offer core analyses on a frequent basis, processing urgent requests and a variety of specialised tests. The majority of the pathology service is provided on a 24/7 basis. Out of hours cover is delivered via extended working arrangements, on call, or shift patterns according to the urgency and volume of the work.

Cross site working arrangements ideally 50/50 split.

Main duties of the job

Manage the day-to-day operation, quality, efficiency and scientific provision of a designated section of the laboratory, coordinating and monitoring the work of rotating staff. Deputise for the operational manager in their absence

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • BSc in biomedical science or equivalent.
  • MSc in healthcare science or equivalent.
  • HCPC registration.


  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent
  • Foundation management certificate or equivalent



  • Staff supervision within an NHS laboratory.
  • Extensive relevant technical / clinical techniques and methodologies.
  • Quality, finance, staffing and risk assessment policies and procedure


  • Audit.



  • Continuing professional development with portfolio.
  • Specialist knowledge in area of practice.
  • Complex analytical systems.
  • Stock management systems.
  • Equality legislation and best practice.
  • EQA and IQA procedures.


  • Equality impact assessment.
  • Quality management. UKAS standards
  • Trust and department H&S procedures



  • Technical competence with ability to supervise staff in any section of the department.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Technical ability to carry out advanced troubleshooting on complex analytical systems.
  • Good team worker with ability to motivate and influence a team, fostering good professional practice.
  • Ability to use in-house IT systems and competence with word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to instigate procedures for corrective action.
  • Ability to formulate, perform and evaluate training.
  • Ability to organise rotas and work plans.
  • Ability to deputise for the operational
  • Ability to review anomalous / unexpected findings and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to manage people.


  • Ability to perform complex statistical analysis of data and interpretation

Other requirements


  • Flexible approach to working patterns.
  • Able to travel independently between hospital sites.


  • Driving licence.

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