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Specialist Biomedical Scientist Annex 21 - Blood Bank

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Leeds
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Department of Blood Transfusion is seeking to recruit a Specialist Biomedical Scientist as Band 6 Annex 21 to join the team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an exciting opportunity to join the team within Blood Transfusion to help shape future service delivery, ensuring that patients and quality is at the heart of everything that we do.

You will be based at one of our two sites (Leeds General Infirmary and St James) and will be required to work across both of the Leeds sites.

We operate a 24/7/365 shift under AFC terms and conditions participation is a mandatory requirement of the post.

Main duties of the job

You will be an HCPC registered BMS currently working, or with recent experience, in a busy Blood Transfusion setting including 24/7 service provision a Haematology & Blood Transfusion or Blood Sciences background would be advantageous. Other relevant work experience outside of this traditional setting will be considered e.g. NHSBT, where you have and can demonstrate relevant transfusion experience.

Working as part of a team with a commitment to delivering high quality services to our users, will be one of your key attributes. You will have an understanding of the requirements of ISO15189 and Good Practice Guidelines for blood establishments and hospital blood banks including how these can be applied effectively within a blood Transfusion environment.

We will support you to develop the necessary skills needed for your role and provide a structured and supported approach to developing as a BMS.

This post is being recruited as B6 annex 21. It is aimed at staff currently working at B5 who are ready to begin the next stage in their career progression. You will ideally have already registered for and started your Specialist Portfolio. If you have not started or registered you will be still be considered. All candidates will be considered based on their experience, knowledge and skills.

About us

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

Patient-centred, Collaborative, Fair, Accountable, Empowered. All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values. 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. You will maintain registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a biomedical scientist and abide by the HCPC standards of proficiency, assuring the quality of your work for patients. In contributing to the quality of a technical clinical service you will understand the requirements continuously develop appropriate skills and knowledge.

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

JOB DETAILS

Job Title: Specialist Biomedical Scientist [AFC Band 6 annex 21]

Reports to: Advanced Biomedical Scientist

Accountable to: Laboratory Manager

Band: 6

Unit/Department: Blood Bank

Location :Multisite

AfC Post Number: 3896b

JOB PURPOSE/SUMMARY

The Department of Blood Transfusion is seeking to recruit a Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join the team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an exciting opportunity to join the team within Blood Transfusion to help shape future service delivery, ensuring that patients and quality is at the heart of everything that we do.

You will be based at one of our two sites and will be required to work across both of the Leeds sites.

We operate a 24/7/365 shift under AFC terms and conditions participation is a mandatory requirement of the post.

You will be an HCPC registered BMS currently working, or with recent experience, in a busy Blood Transfusion setting including 24/7 service provision a Haematology & Blood Transfusion or Blood Sciences background would be advantageous. Other relevant work experience outside of this traditional setting will be considered e.g. NHSBT, where you have and can demonstrate relevant transfusion experience.

Working as part of a team with a commitment to delivering high quality services to our users, will be one of your key attributes. You will have an understanding of the requirements of ISO15189 and Good Practice Guidelines for blood establishments and hospital blood banks including how these can be applied effectively within a blood Transfusion environment.

We will support you to develop the necessary skills needed for your role and provide a structured and supported approach to developing as a BMS.

This post is being recruited as B6 annex 21. It is aimed at staff currently working at B5 who are ready to begin the next stage in their career progression. You will ideally have already registered for and started your Specialist Portfolio. If you have not started or registered you will be still be considered. All candidates will be considered based on their experience, knowledge and skills.

You will be appointed to band 6 annex 21 at 70% of the top of B6 with 24 months to complete. We consider completion to be the point at which your portfolio is submitted to the IBMS for verification.

ORGANISATIONAL CHART

Advanced Biomedical Scientist - Specialist Biomedical Scientist -Registered Biomedical Scientist - Trainee Biomedical Scientist

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Clinical/ Scientific /Technical

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

Under direction of the team lead co-ordinates effective workflow management with prioritisation of samples received within specialist area.

Development and validation of in house quality control material and reagents in conjunction with section leadership.

To participate in equipment testing, validation and adaptation as a function of service development.

To operate, maintain highly complex laboratory equipment safely and efficiently. Use specialist expertise for complex trouble shooting and resolution of technical equipment failure and analytical processes.

This job requires a high degree of dexterity and precision when manipulating small tools such as pipettes, handling very small volumes of clinical material or when preparing microscope slides for examination by others. In order to achieve the required turnaround times the work must be performed with both speed and accuracy

Leadership and Management

To provide leadership and contribute to general departmental management, for instance, by producing rotas, assisting in the ordering, receipt and control of consumables,

HR responsibilities including actively participating in line management, attendance management, recruitment and departmental appraisal scheme.

The post holder will be responsible for the day to day management of a group of staff and the supervision of qualified staff or students.

To plan and prioritise the designated workload within a laboratory section and assist in the organization of tasks undertaken by other scientists and support workers.

To demonstrate relevant tasks to others as appropriate and complete.

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

Actively supports and encourages individual and team development.

To deputise for more senior staff where appropriate.

Leads waste reduction incentives for designated area.

Contributes to management reports.

Supports collaborative team working across all sections.

Quality / Training

To be involved in the production of laboratory documentation such as SOPs, risk assessments and training records.

Supports a robust programme of training and competency assessment within the area of specialist responsibility, ensuring that procedures are only undertaken by staff with the requisite knowledge and skills at all times.

To contribute actively towards the improvement of service quality by participation in relevant discussions with other team members including staff and departmental meetings.

Participate actively in departmental internal and external quality assurance schemes. Your level of knowledge and understanding will allow you to recognise when expected levels of quality have not been met.

Manages key performance indicators in specialist area. This includes supporting section lead in the monitoring and performance of IQC and EQA.

Support appropriate clinical trials involving the laboratory.

Contributes to audit completion in specialist area.

Contributes to H& S compliance and audits in specialist area.

Contributes to QMS compliance/alignment in specialist area.

Conducts incident investigations and risk management including Datix

Monitoring of results to identify any unexpected trends in assay performance.

Supports with research, development and evaluation of new methods/instruments/tests, including verification of new technologies/tests in specialist area.

Leads continuous service improvement in specialist area.

Leads implementation of corrective actions from audits.

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

Observe the requirements of departmental policies relating to service provision, for example sample labelling and adverse event reporting.

To maintain registered status as a biomedical scientist with the Health Care Professions Council.

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

Other

To gain new knowledge through experience, formal study and participation in relevant training schemes including CPD.

The post holder will be expected to gain competence in techniques to enable participation in the delivery of 24 hour Pathology service. This entails contracted participation in a 24/7 rota and / or the out of hour rota.

The post holder will be required to work cross site locations (LGI & SJUH) if the service requires it.

Any other duties commensurate with grade following discussion with line manager

This is not an exhaustive list of roles and responsibilities, and these may be subject to change with professional and service developments.

INFECTION CONTROL

The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.

HEALTH AND SAFETY / RISK MANAGEMENT

All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

TRAINING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.

COMMUNICATION & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

As the job holder you will communicate and work directly or indirectly with a diverse range of other staff. Those shown below are examples:

Internal

Junior staff, colleagues, supervisors and managers within the speciality.

Pathology staff working in other specialities.

Members of clinical teams including nurses, doctors and other practitioners.

Administrative and secretarial staff.

Estates and facilities staff.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Degree (or equivalent) suitable for HCPC registration, Registered biomedical scientist. Specialist portfolio (2006 registration onwards) (or equivalent) Competence in a wide range


Desirable

  • Knowledge of pathology disciplines other than in own area. Multidisciplinary experience Line management experience and leadership skills Teaching, training and mentorship skills


Additional Requirements

Essential

  • Physically able to move around and between sites


Experience

Essential

  • Post registration experience within the speciality


Desirable

  • Post registration Laboratory experience in relevant discipline LIMS / IT systems. Proven ability to work unsupervised e.g. on-call or shift.


Skills & behaviours

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written. Able to work in a team. Able to work independently. Basic knowledge and computer literacy Knowledge of conventional IT software e.g. Microsoft


Desirable

  • Good concentration, Manual Dexterity, Good hand/eye coordination, Attention to detail and Basic computer skills


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