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Lead Biomedical Scientist - Blood Transfusion

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a driven, passionate individual looking to join an innovative and fast paced team in Pathology? Then this could be the role for you!

Pathology is at the forefront of delivering 21st century healthcare and has a profound impact on an organisation's ability to provide high quality, efficient and effective patient care. Changing demographics, rising demand, technological innovation, and continual drives for efficient and effective services are key drivers to improving the quality of service provision, whilst streamlining the way in which services are delivered.

Four provider organisations in L& SC have committed to form a network and collaborate on pathology services, including, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The intention is to form one pathology entity which will be hosted by one of the existing provider organisations.

You will provide day-to-day operational management of the Blood Transfusion Laboratory and Chorley Laboratory. You will also be Quality Lead, responsible for the maintenance of Quality in line with MHRA and UKAS standards. This includes allocating staff duties and lead BMS training & development within Blood Transfusion Laboratory.

Main duties of the job

This role is pivotal to help shape the future of Blood Transfusion services within the region. We are looking to recruit someone who will develop and manage the service going forward.

You will need to demonstrate a track record of strong interpersonal skills and be able to influence and motivate others with the ability to successfully guide people through complex change. Being able to think innovatively and to communicate effectively with a wide range of staff across departments is essential.

As a Lead BMS you will oversee the operation and development of the Blood Transfusion laboratory service that currently has IH1000 equipment with remote blood fridges across both sites. You will be expected to cover in the absence of the Lead BMS for the Haematology Laboratory.

The department is accredited by UKAS to ISO 15189

The appointment will be to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, however candidates should be aware that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals is part of a pathology collaboration project.

About us

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done. You'll learn about working in a hospital, interacting with people from all different roles to build skills & enhance your career path.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties to include but not be limited to:
  • Maintain effective communication strategies with colleagues across the Trust and external agencies to ensure service delivery.
  • Discuss and give expert technical advice and opinions on Blood Transfusion issues.
  • To deal with professional and public enquires in an efficient, tactful and diplomatic manner.
  • Ensure the appropriate analysis of internal quality control and external quality assurance data and present this to senior staff meetings and ensure appropriate corrective actions are taken.
  • To liaise with manufacturers and suppliers to ensure continuity of service provision within the department section.
  • To communicate changes in equipment, technical, testing and other Blood Transfusion Laboratory protocols to other members of staff.
  • Deliver Team Brief to staff within Blood Transfusion Laboratory and CDH service.
  • To attend and participate in departmental management and Pathology Management Group meetings as required.
  • Organise senior technical meetings and provide regular communication updates to all Blood Transfusion Laboratory staff, disseminate actions identified from the meetings.

For more information please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • State registered BMS with HCPC
  • MSc or equivalent postgraduate qualification in Biomedical Science
  • Evidence of higher specialist training gained through short courses or distance learning or equivalent experience.
  • Recognised management qualification at certificate or diploma level or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD.



  • Up to date knowledge and extensive experience of Blood Transfusion
  • Good team building and leadership skills
  • Substantial experience of supervising/ managing a team
  • Evidence to support programme of personal and professional development.
  • Experience of information technology
  • Experience of information technology
  • Evidence of procurement of specialised Blood Transfusion equipment
  • HR experience relating to recruitment and appraisals


  • Experience/involvement in committees or external organisations
  • Awareness of financial management and control.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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