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Infection Sciences Operational Manager

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Infection Sciences Operational Manager 37.5 hours per week

This post is based in the Infection Sciences Department at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle (CIC). The Department of Infection Sciences consists of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology, all centralised at CIC.

The local Microbiology and Virology clinical services are completely integrated. The Virology laboratory service offers a large repertoire of viral serology and molecular tests, and provides a limited number of reference tests for other trusts within the UK and Ireland. The Virology and Immunology laboratories are integrated with shared staff and platforms but separate clinical leadership arrangements. The Immunology laboratory is a national reference centre for bird breeder's lung and farmer's lung. The Infection Sciences Department has close links with the North East as part of the North East and North Cumbria Pathology Network (North 1).

The Department of Infection Sciences is accredited to ISO 15189 standards. The laboratory consists of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology, all of which participate in appropriate external quality assessment schemes. The laboratories are currently registered with the Institute of Biomedical Science as a training laboratory for biomedical scientists.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post include responsibilities for:

Clinical -
  • Perform analytical, interpretive judgements on results, ensuring staff and service development for best practice at all levels.
  • As lead practitioner, resolve staff problems in clinical judgements and analytical results / techniques.

Management -
  • Lead/manage staff within the Infection science laboratory and associated support services, ensuring appropriate staff structures, policies, practices and competences are in place.
  • Assist in management of the on-site support services including sample reception, packaging, tracking and transportation, according to agreed schedules and protocols.
  • Performance manage staff through appraisal and development, to ensure cost effective and high quality services.
  • Ensure delivery of all relevant standards and targets for operational performance on activity, productivity, quality and risk management, and in accordance with all appropriate professional and regulatory bodies
  • Hold delegated responsibility for the Infection Sciences budget

Administration -
  • Maintain a QMS to ensure continual compliance with accreditation and regulatory bodies

Education -
  • Ensure robust systems to ensure staff can carry out their work safely and efficiently, working to high standards, and providing evidence of competence assessment.

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.

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



  • HCPC registration as a BMS.
  • Relevant MSc or equivalent.
  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent.


  • Foundation management certificate or equivalent.
  • Health and safety certificate or equivalent.



  • Infection sciences in at least one relevant discipline. Developing teams to achieve organisational goals.
  • Operational management within an NHS laboratory to include quality, staff, finance, risk, facilities management.
  • Use of IT systems, including word processing, database, and presentations.
  • Developing teams to achieve organisational goals.


  • Infection sciences in more than one relevant discipline.
  • Involvement in NHS service development or reconfiguration.
  • Capacity and demand management.
  • Performance management.



  • Best practice in Infection science.
  • Health and safety legislation
  • Governance and risk management
  • Quality management
  • Regulatory and professional standards.
  • Microsoft Office.


  • UKHSA Standards.
  • Equality impact assessment.

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Demonstrable leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Extensive IT skills.
  • Ability to manage complex issues through a range of approaches.
  • Ability to deal with difficult and sensitive situations
  • Ability to make decisions on competing pressures and to precise timescales.


  • Negotiating and influencing skills.

Other requirements


  • Flexible approach to work patterns.
  • Able to travel between hospital sites, and more widely, according to service needs.


  • Driving Licence

Personal Circumstances


  • Positive and optimistic, displaying confidence and exhibiting presence and vision.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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