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Immunology Deputy Laboratory Manager

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Deputy Laboratory Manager to join our Immunology laboratory at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT.

Our Consultant Immunologist lead service is one of the largest in the U.K. The laboratory offers a comprehensive and expanding Immunology service including the areas of autoimmune serology, allergy, immunochemistry, cellular immunology and is a Regional centre for Immunodeficiency.

This is a key leadership role with a strong focus on service development, resilience and innovation. With support from the Laboratory Manager, Senior Scientific team, Training Lead, and Quality Lead, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the highest standards of patient care.

As Deputy Laboratory manager you will be involved in analytical, interpretative, and teaching activities of the department. As part of the Senior team you will have responsibilities for ensuring HR policies and procedures are effectively managed within Immunology.

To apply you should be a HCPC registered Healthcare Scientist (Clinical or Biomedical) with FIBMS, Immunology MSc, IBMS HSD or equivalent. You will have considerable practical experience in the major fields of laboratory Immunology from a senior scientific role.

You will be able to demonstrate leadership, organisational and communication skills alongside knowledge of current NHS Pathology and management issues.

Main duties of the job

Lead, manage and support to ensure continuing delivery of a comprehensive, high quality Immunology service

Manage and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the Immunology team

Participation in the organisation of training, development, competency assessment and supervision of all Immunology staff.

Manage and support with service improvement

Manage and support with laboratory IT changes in collaboration with Pathology IT manager

Manage, supervise and motivate a team of Healthcare Scientists and support staff.

To support and deputise in the absence of the Immunology Laboratory Manager.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 3rd March 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 22nd March 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration as a Healthcare Scientist (Biomedical or Clinical)
  • MSc in Immunology, IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma in Immunology, FIBMS or equivalent Evidence of CPD


  • Certificate in Quality Management
  • Certificate in Training
  • Certificate in laboratory IT
  • Certificate in Leadership and Management



  • Substantial practical experience of working in an Immunology laboratory at a senior level.
  • Involvement in service planning and development.
  • Experience of line managing staff.
  • Experience of performance management
  • Previous relevant experience of working in healthcare


  • Demonstrable experience of working with a Quality Management System.
  • Experience of performing incident investigations, audit and risk assessments.
  • Experience of Pathology IT systems and standard software packages.



  • Theoretical knowledge and practical experience of specialist biomedical procedures in Immunology.
  • Demonstrable understanding of ISO 15189 requirements.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of HR policies.



  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Well developed deductive and initiative skills
  • Interpretation and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills - can work as part of a team or independently
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others to meet needs of the service
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time


  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills at all levels
  • Demonstrable mentoring skills High degree of manual dexterity to perform complex laboratory techniques

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • Credible and effective leadership qualities.
  • Clinical awareness within and beyond context of own speciality.
  • Able to cope with pressure & maintain self-control in difficult & challenging situations
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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