Pathology Services Manager - Haematology

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced and capable leader who can help us seize the opportunities through this transformational period, and engage our excellent staff team in driving service improvements.

Our Blood Sciences service undertakes around 25 million Biochemistry and Haematology (including coagulation testing and Blood Transfusion) tests per year for patients across the Hospitals and GP practices of Leeds. The team have an excellent culture of continuous quality improvement, using the Leeds Improvement Method to review and optimise their processes and service delivery.

Working with clinical colleagues and the CSU Leadership Team, you will be responsible for leading the service through the transition to the new facility and maximising the quality and productivity opportunities arising from the new equipment and LIMS solution. Continuing the focus on staff-engagement and supporting staff to be the best version of themselves will be a key priority throughout.

You will be an innovative thinker, who is able to work with all professional groups and be willing to challenge traditional boundaries, leading service change projects to enable us to deliver our strategy.

To discuss this opportunity further, please contact one of the CSU Leadership Team:

Mike Philpott - General Manager - 0113 3923416

Dr Olorunda Rotimi - Clinical Director - 0113 3922092 / 0113 2068919

Steve Stephenson - Head of Profession - 0113 3922340

Main duties of the job


1. Responsible for the direct delivery of the 24/7 service provided by their department across all sites of two Trusts.

2. Responsible for overall management, including recruitment, performance, appraisal, Continuous Professional Development, training, discipline/grievance management of all staff in department with the exception of medical staff and clinical scientists.

3. In conjunction with the Clinical Leads responsible for development and implementation of departmental policy, accreditation, service improvement and service development across the health economy.

4. Oversee the production and maintenance of new and existing Standard Procedures in the laboratory

5. Responsible for the delivery of national and local targets.

6. Member of the departmental executive management team.

7. Contributes to and implements CSU policy, service improvement, service development, strategic development and business planning.

8. Operational responsibility as delegated budget manager for managing all departmental resources including pay, non pay and income budgets. Reports to General Manager for delivery of a balanced budget.

9. Maintain a clear understanding of and, where appropriate, be involved in national and regional policy and guideline development and implementation of such into department and Trusts.

10. Provides complex and highly specialist advice to medical clinical and other staff.

About us

The Pathology Clinical Support Unit (CSU) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the largest and most comprehensive services in the country delivering primary and secondary care service for patients in Leeds as well as tertiary services to regional, national and international users (Pathology (

As a CSU we aspire to excellence, and are benefitting from significant investment in our services to help us build on our already strong service delivery. That investment includes a brand new Pathology facility at the SJUH site for our high-throughput Blood Sciences, Specialist Testing and Microbiology work due to open in 2023, new equipment via the re-procurement of our Managed Service Contract (MSC), and a new regional LIMS to go-live in 2023. These key areas of investment provide a fantastic platform for service transformation.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Pathology Service Manager is a senior member of the Pathology CSU. His/her purpose is to ensure that the department contributes to the elements of patient pathways concerned with the monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of patients both within the Trust and wider health community. He/she will make judgements involving complex/ highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.

The job holder will be an expert in their field and make judgements about specialist Pathology support for clinical situations which have unique characteristics and where there are a number of complicated aspects to take into account which do not have obvious solutions. They will communicate highly complex information clearly and concisely, this will ensure that the CSU is able to deliver high quality patient care.

The post holder has responsibility for managing department activities and functions across all sites. Working closely with the Clinical Leads he/she is the delegated budget manager for the department (authorised signatory according to the Trust Standing Financial Instructions) responsible for managing pay, non pay and income budgets .

He/she will lead the development and implementation of policies on service delivery for the department, planning and organising of a broad range of complex activities or programmes, some of which are ongoing, which require the formulation and adjustment of plans or strategies that may impact across the department or several services throughout the CSUand/or Trust.

With the Clinical Lead, he/she will ensure the development of clinical departmental services throughout the Trust.

You will hold a Masters Degree in biomedical sciences, or other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). In addition you will have extensive experience within the speciality and have developed specialist knowledge through structured study to an advanced level. You will continue to develop your skills and knowledge subject to the requirements of continuous professional development (CPD).

You will have had extensive managerial experience demonstrating an understanding and application of service improvement techniques. You must be demonstrate a clear understanding of the contribution the service makes to key national agendas and have knowledge of all relevant legislation.

Management training will be given as necessary to fulfil the duties associated with these elements of your job. To fulfil your people governance responsibilities you will be required to undergo appropriate and on-going HR training as is necessary, for example, in supervisory management.

In addition, the ability to use conventional IT business software (e.g. MS Office) will be essential to carry out your work.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values.

As a healthcare scientist and manager dealing with sensitive (patient related or staff related) information the importance and value of personal honesty and integrity as a commitment to patient service and confidentiality will be recognised. There will be occasional exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances.

You will maintain registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a biomedical scientist, an award that assures the quality of your work for patients. In addition, you will abide by the HPC standards of proficiency and the IBMS code of conduct. In contributing to the improvement of Pathology services you will understand the requirement to continuously develop appropriate skills and accumulate relevant knowledge whether by formal or in- house training.


These will include:

Excellent management and leadership skills able to motivate and coordinate staff and resources to ensure efficient running of department.

Ability to manage complex budget.

Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.

Excellent team worker.

Excellent organisational skills, planning skills and the ability to work flexibly to ensure a high quality service.

Ability to work on own initiative and plan/prioritise own workload. Good time management.

Ability to work under pressure.

Excellent communication skills both verbal and written - developed skills to communicate complex information between diverse staff groups.

Excellent presentational skills often required to give presentations of new developments to diverse staff groups.

Highly computer literate capable of using complex proprietary information systems and generic software.

Service development and improvement contribute to implementation of services, making suggestions and input into service and policy development.

Ability to compile, organise and interpret both written and numeric information with precision.


As the job holder you will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of:

Biomedical investigation and reporting significant knowledge of modern laboratory techniques.

Science relevant to the discipline.

Management HR, finance and relevant legislation.

Service improvement and development techniques.

National and Trust initiatives that are relevant to Pathology.

Health, safety and security awareness of hazards and dangers and the correct protocol to follow in the event of intrusion, fire or other emergency situation.

Quality good understanding of the importance of laboratory accreditation especially CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation, the main hospital laboratory accrediting body for the UK), Internal Quality Assurance, External Quality Assurance and incident reporting.

Relevant LTHT and Pathology policies and procedures.

Person Specification



  • Managerial experience
  • Evidence of current CPD portfolio
  • Willingness to undertake further training as agreed
  • Extensive experience within the speciality and have developed specialist knowledge through structured study to an advanced level.
  • Evidence of an understanding and application of service improvement techniques.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to job e.g. H& S, HR.
  • Demonstrate and maintain a clear understanding of the contribution the service makes to key national agendas.


  • Knowledge of advanced service improvement techniques
  • resentational skills



  • Accredited Biomedical Science Degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the Health Professions Council (HPA)
  • HPC registration.
  • FIBMS or MSc.
  • Managerial qualification to diploma level or equivalent experience.

Skills & behaviours


  • Excellent management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent team worker.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work flexibly to ensure a high quality service.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Able to compile, organise and interpret both written and numeric information with precision.
  • There will be occasional exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances.


  • Use of modern media devices
  • Car owner holding a current driving license

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's Univers
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