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Operational Lead

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to further develop and lead the Transplant Immunology Laboratory service at Leeds. The successful candidate will provide operational and strategic oversight of a busy laboratory service. We would invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who can demonstrate the confidence and capabilities required of this role.

The Transplant Immunology Department is based at St Jamess Hospital, part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and is a regional, consultant led service. The laboratory uses a range of technologies including next generation sequencing, rapid HLA typing on real-time PCR instruments, single antigen bead testing by luminex, and flow cytometry, to support a number of clinical programmes. These include renal transplantation, with both live (including the national living donor kidney sharing scheme) and deceased donors, haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), with both related and unrelated donors, liver transplantation, and a national hand and upper limb (HAUL) transplant programme. In addition, the laboratory undertakes HLA typing of deceased organ donors for the national scheme, and for disease association and drug hypersensitivity. The post holder will also managerially lead the Cellular Immunology laboratory, which is located with the Transplant laboratories.

Main duties of the job

The laboratory provides support for the detection and monitoring of primary and secondary immunodeficiencies as well as CD34 testing. This is a forward thinking, progressive laboratory with close links with the multi-disciplinary teams of the programmes which we support.

An important part of the role is the continual service development of the Transplant Immunology Laboratories through evaluation of processes, services and technologies to meet the requirement of our current and future users. The candidate ideally will have some experience of change management and service transformation. The laboratory is preparing for some exciting, yet challenging, upcoming changes including a move of premises, digitisation of paper records and the introduction of a new laboratory information management system (LIMS), and this post-holder will be key in helping to facilitate these developments.

Candidates will be well organised and able to manage and prioritise their workload successfully. Excellent communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to cultivate and maintain good working relationships with service users, departmental colleagues and senior managers.

The successful candidate must have HCPC registration and possess an MSc or equivalent postgraduate qualification. A recognised management qualification at certificate or diploma level, as well as proven management experience would advantageous.

About us

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Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage an integrated and co-ordinated Immunology service to Leeds and networked hospitals and their associates for which the Trust, through this post holder, is required, via a contractual commitment, to ensure that services provided meet the necessary standards for accreditation of the service.

To participate in general departmental management and people governance procedures such as staff recruitment, induction and appraisal

To undertake highly specialist clinical technical investigations for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease

To communicate highly complex and/or sensitive information relating to the provision of the clinical service

To contribute towards the training of support, technical, scientific and medical staff.

As part of the Immunology Clinical Policy Group to interpret and advise networked hospitals and their associates on national policies and directives in this specialist field


As the Operational Lead for the Immunology service, the jobholder will manage the Immunology laboratory service comprising the Clinical Immunology. The post holder is required to perform a range of highly specialist healthcare science clinical, technical and scientific activities. Provide expert advice, opinions and training to own and other professions. The post holder will manage a delegated budget for Immunology within the financial structures established by the Pathology CSU including budget review meetings with finance officers/unit accountants. The jobholder will contribute towards overall service development by active participation in a range of people governance procedures consistent with Trust policies and will be required to participate in the training of support, technical, scientific and medical staff as is necessary for the service.

The job will require the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to undertake specialist technical clinical investigations that contribute towards the departments provision of an accurate and timely service for patients. The jobholder will be responsible for the planning and organisation of a broad range of complex activities or programmes some of which are ongoing, which require the formulation and adjustment of plans or strategies. In this regard the post-holder will have key responsibilities for the transfer of work to the automated track under the MSC and will co-ordinate re-validation of transferred assay systems. The post holder will be heavily involved in ongoing projects in clinical audit, clinical governance, the formulation, negotiation and approval of inter-trust agreements.

The principal tool to measure the success of these initiatives is audit and thus the post-holder is regularly (ie more frequently than once a month) involved in the design and execution of complex multi factorial audits.

The jobholder will be responsible for planning and organizing the workforce and workload of the section(s) managed and will be expected to apply professional judgements and specialist skills to technically highly complex and sometimes difficult situations. The jobholder will be required to communicate highly complex or sensitive information relating to the provision of the clinical service to other healthcare practitioners and organizations and be involved in the writing of numerous trust and inter-trust policies and consultation on other policies and job descriptions.



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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 to be:






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

Additionally the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

As a healthcare worker dealing with sensitive (patient related) information the importance and value of personal honesty and integrity as a commitment to patient service and confidentiality will be recognised. The jobholder will maintain registration with the HCPC as a biomedical scientist and abide by their standards of proficiency, assuring the quality of work for patients. In contributing to the quality of a technical clinical service the jobholder will understand the requirement to continuously develop appropriate skills and accumulate relevant knowledge whether by formal or in-house training.


In order to work effectively in the role the jobholder, must be able to demonstrate a number of attributes and abilities. These will include:

- to manage the Regional Immunology Service

- to manage the delegated budget of the section(s)

- the analysis and interpretation of reports on income and expenditure, workload and contract activity for the department, and ensure this information is acted upon.

- to undertake other tasks and direct actions that contribute to the general management of the speciality

- to gain new knowledge through experience, formal study and participation in relevant training schemes

- to remain competent in established procedures and to develop new skills subject to the requirements of the service

- to work independently when and as required by the service

- to communicate clearly and effectively whether orally, graphically or electronically

- to present information to large groups of staff

- to plan, prioritise, interpret, validate and authorize the workload of the service and coordinate the tasks undertaken by other team members

- to plan and implement changes to the clinical technical service offered by the section(s)

- to work with precision and follow accurately the documented laboratory standard operating procedures

- to operate highly complex laboratory equipment safely and efficiently

- to lead the evaluation, recommendation and procurement of new and emerging technologies which will involve equipment testing and the co-ordination of specialist R& D activities.

- to input, manage, extract and interpret patient data using the laboratory computer system including the recording of personally generated information and data entry, text processing and storage of data including correction of erroneous data.

- to demonstrate relevant tasks to others as appropriate

- is responsible for the day to day management of a team of staff and provide specialist training to internal and external groups along with the assessment of competencies and is instrumental in the formulation of training schemes for all groups of staff involved in the speciality

- to contribute actively towards the improvement of general service quality by participation in relevant discussions with other managers and team leaders

- to participate actively in the departmental appraisal scheme

- to participate actively in other people governance procedures that are consistent with Trust HR policies

- Involvement in the writing of numerous trust and inter-trust policies service level agreements and contracts along with consultation on external policies, contracts and job descriptions

- with the involvement of clinical risk, the jobholder will investigate errors, accidents and incidents As a consequence the post holder can be exposed to distressing or emotional circumstances

- to take account of changes in service delivery by demonstrating a flexible approach to work

- the post requires judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of sometimes conflicting options on which expert opinions may differ.

- To provide service related documentation for the defined areas of responsibility, for example reviewing and updating standard operating procedures, as a function of the departments accreditation requirements

- To deputise for the Pathology Service Manager as required


The jobholder will require sufficient knowledge and understanding to:

- Perform, validate and authorize the results of a wide range of highly complex technical procedures. These procedures will include the safe and effective use of highly complex laboratory equipment. The level of knowledge and understanding of these procedures will be consistent with that to allow recognition of system failures and errors and the jobholder will understand the need to report adverse events when errors and failures occur and contribute to any consequent investigation.

- Have knowledge and understanding of current national legislation and guidelines relevant to Immunology and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and build that knowledge into strategic and business plans for the department.

- Participate actively in departmental internal and external quality assurance schemes. The level of knowledge and understanding will allow recognition of when expected levels of quality have not been met together with the ability to recommend appropriate improvements.

- Participate in the maintenance of a safe working environment. This will include an awareness of the hazards associated with the work and suitable actions to take in the event of breaches in health and safety. Such hazards include fire, manual handling, and breaches of security, controlled and uncontrolled exposure to chemical, biological and radioactive materials.

- Maintain patient confidentiality. The jobholder will recognise the absolute requirement to protect sensitive information that is related to patient care.

Person Specification

Additional Requirements


  • Evidence of on-going and relevant training within the speciality/discipline
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Successful delivery of training to others - either individuals or groups
  • Dexterity
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Good keyboard skills



  • Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent) BSc first degree
  • Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent) MSc Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • State registration with the HCPC


  • Supervisory or managerial training
  • Management Qualification



  • Extensive experience within the speciality
  • Successful working as a member of a team
  • Supervisory or management experience


  • Experience of working with staff from other directorates
  • Experience of contributing specialist advice e.g. Health and Safety

Skills & behaviours


  • Knowledge of conventional IT software
  • Proactive problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team as required
  • Willing to work flexibly
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