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Chief Biomedical Scientist/ Operational Manager - Haematology

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Department of Haematology is seeking to expand its senior leadership team in order to deliver excellent, high-quality integrated care to our patients in keeping with the Trust's wider vision.

The laboratory service is fully accredited to UKAS 15189 standards and is accredited as a training laboratory for the IBMS portfolios. As Chief BMS, you will provide operational leadership for the MTW Haematology laboratories and support bringing the teams together in readiness for the delivery of the Kent and Medway Pathology network model. You will be registered with the HCPC, have gained an MSc (or FIBMS equivalent) and have significant experience as a Biomedical Scientist in Haematology, working at a senior level for at least five years. A management or leadership qualification is highly desirable, as is significant experience in coordinating quality management systems, project management and/or leading and managing large teams.

Main duties of the job

Post holder will be responsible for the operational management of the Haematology laboratories on both sites - Maidstone Hospital, and Tunbridge Wells Hospital. This will include daily management of the workload, management of staff and skill mix, management of equipment, management of safety systems, management of quality assurance, management of incidents and management of change. Whilst being based at one site, the role will involve rotation and support to the other site.

Post holder will be expected to direct laboratory operations and to take a key role in workflow prioritisation and problem solving. They must be sensitive and responsive to the changing demands on the service. Strong organisational, administrative, supervisory, and team leadership skills are an essential requirement of the post. They must be able to implement change whilst ensuring service continuity and be able to provide a visible lead whilst encouraging staff to take ownership. They will exercise autonomy within professional and managerial boundaries.

In collaboration with the Haematology Head BMS the post holder is responsible for ensuring an efficient, effective and high-quality Haematology laboratory service including ensuring the performance of the service conforms to all relevant statutory and NHS requirements and meets the needs of all service users.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: TBC

Person Specification

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Substantial experience in Haematology at a specialist senior level (AFC Band 7 BMS)
  • Knowledge of management of quality within the laboratory including working knowledge and experience of ISO15189
  • Substantial experience of staff management and team management, including HR issues
  • Evidence of involvement in staff training and development
  • Knowledge of H& S legislation and procedures
  • Clear Evidence of participation in CPD


  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in change management.



  • MSc. Biomedical Science/ Haematology, or IBMS Special Examination (Fellowship)
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of management and leadership training


  • IBMS certificate of expert or extended practice (e.g. Quality Management or training)



  • Ability to analyse, interpret and present complex
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work without direct supervision
  • Intermediate computer skills, good knowledge of a word processing & spreadsheet packages.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust



Hermitage Lane,


ME16 9QQ

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