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Advanced Practitioner - Histological Dissection

Employer
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Liverpool
Salary
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Liverpool Clinical Laboratories (LCL) is seeking to appoint a substantive Advanced Practitioner Healthcare Scientist (Histological Dissection) within LCL. This is an excellent opportunity to join the largest provider of specialist histological pathology services in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The successful candidate will be a registered Biomedical or Clinical Scientists with a significant background in histopathology dissection and hold an IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histological Dissection. We are seeking a strong leader with attention to detail and an innovation mindset.

Candidates who do not hold an ASD (dissection) are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be supported to complete the portfolio and appointed under Annex 21 terms and conditions.

In addition to the dissection role, candidates will be responsible for leadership and management for the dissection and specimen reception services in collaboration with a team of Expert Practitioner team leaders.

We're looking for people who see opportunities to innovate and lead, and who recognise that behind every sample is a patient. If you're someone who inspires those around you and is a true 'team player', we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Advanced Practitioners undertake a wide range of complex scientific procedures which result in the correct interpretation of biological samples. Their decisions contribute to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases, including cancer, and the investigation of other pathological processes. They dissect the full range of histological specimens from all specialties (Category A-E) as required, and competent.

In addition to their dissection role, the successful candidate will take responsibility for the management of the specimen reception and dissection laboratories, ensuring effective processes are in place to provide timely specimen flow and the highest quality service.

Together with a team of expert dissectors, the post holder will be responsible for ensuring quality practices are adhered to in line with ISO15189 and ensure training for biomedical scientists and laboratory technicians is prioritised.

Additionally, the post holder will collaborate with our consultant pathologists to assist with the training of medical specialist trainees where appropriate.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

To hear more about our achievements click here https://www.liverpoolft.nhs.uk/media/13089/1606-annual-report-booklet_final.pdf

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Key responsibilities

1. Undertake a wide range of complex scientific procedures which result in the interpretation of biological samples that contribute to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases and the investigation of other pathological processes. They will dissect the full range of specimens from all specialties (Category A-E) as required and competent.

2. Responsibility for day to day management the Cellular Pathology specimen reception and dissection laboratories in line with all relevant accreditation and regulatory requirements.

3. Work with Senior Management to provide expertise within the service area.

4. Communicate using a wide range of complex scientific and medical terminology to clinical colleagues including pathologists, surgeons and radiologists ensuring full comprehension and appropriate action.

5. Play a lead role in the education, training and development of Biomedical Scientists and junior medical staff in the macroscopic description, dissection and sampling of specimens.

6. Play an active role in the services training and education programme
  • Plays a lead role in co-ordination and management of collection of tissue for research purposes.

  • Scope of Clinical Practice

    1. Independent interpretation of macroscopic biopsies and surgical resections (both benign and malignant) from the relevant specimens within the agreed scope of practice

    2. Provides independent expert opinion to clinical colleagues to enable management of patient care and provides expert opinion to medical colleagues to determine treatment of patients.

    3. The dissection knowledge and skills of this post is equivalent to a qualified Consultant Histopathologist and the Advanced Practitioner will be expected to be working to current Royal College of Pathologists best practice guidance.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    1. IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Histopathology Dissection

    2. IBMS Diploma of Expert practice in Histological Dissection

    3. HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist

    4. MSc (or equivalent) in relevant specialty

    5. Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science

    6. Post-graduate management qualification or equivalent experience

    Experience

    1. Minimum 48 months dissection experience including benign and malignant resections

    2. Competency assessments for RCPath specimen types (Cat A-E) in relevant specialties demonstrated

    3. Evidence of training Biomedical Scientists and junior medical staff

    4. Experience of leadership and management within a Pathology setting

    5. Evidence of comprehensive CPD portfolio in relevant specialty

    6. Up to date knowledge of Royal College of Pathologists guidelines for specimen dissection

    7. Up to date knowledge of evidence based national and international patient care pathways

    8. Understanding of Health & Safety requirements in laboratory

    9. Understanding of up to date UKAS/ISO15189 or equivalent standards for medical laboratory accreditation

    Skills

    1. Advanced macroscopic tissue recognition and dissection skills

    2. Evidence of ability to order appropriate ancillary tests (e.g. secondary decalcification or fresh tissue collection for Whole Genome Sequencing)

    3. Able to produce high quality macroscopic descriptions for clinicians in all Trusts in a timely fashion meeting departmental KPIs

    4. Autonomy in dissection of comprehensive range of surgical specimens (Category A-E)

    5. Able to manage and prioritise workload.

    6. Assessment of the suitability of set procedures for any given specimen and using judgement to carry out alternatives.

    7. Able to organise own workload and do so under pressure.

    8. Able to obtain appropriate biological control material, use of other specific control measures where appropriate and complete the validation of such material.

    Other

    1. Excellent communication skills

    2. Demonstrates a high level of resilience and ability to deal with distressing and stressful circumstances

    3. Able to maintain concentration for long periods of time in order to produce timely, accurate clinically focussed work

    4. Demonstrates excellent communication skills at all levels of organisation

    5. Able to write complex documents with clarity and precision

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Histopathology Dissection
    • IBMS Diploma of Expert practice in Histological Dissection
    • HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist
    • MSc (or equivalent) in relevant specialty
    • Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science


    Desirable

    • Post-graduate management qualification or equivalent experience


    Experience

    Essential

    • Demonstrable dissection experience including benign and malignant resections
    • Competency assessments for RCPath specimen types (Cat A-E) in relevant specialties demonstrated
    • Evidence of training Biomedical Scientists and junior medical staff
    • Experience of leadership and management within a Pathology setting


    Knowledge

    Essential

    • Evidence of comprehensive CPD portfolio in relevant specialty
    • Up to date knowledge of Royal College of Pathologists guidelines for specimen dissection
    • Up to date knowledge of Evidence based national and international patient care pathways
    • Understanding of Health & Safety requirements in laboratory
    • Understanding of up to date UKAS/ISO15189 or equivalent standards for medical laboratory accreditation


    Skills

    Essential

    • Advanced macroscopic tissue recognition and dissection skills
    • Evidence of ability to order appropriate ancillary tests (e.g. fresh tissue collection)
    • Able to produce high quality macroscopic descriptions for clinicians in all Trusts in a timely fashion meeting departmental KPI's
    • Autonomy in dissection of comprehensive range of surgical specimens (Category A-E)
    • Able to manage and prioritise the work of the dissection room.
    • Assessment of the suitability of set procedures for any given specimen and using judgement to carry out alternatives.
    • Able to organise own workload and do so under pressure.
    • Able to obtain appropriate biological control material, use of other specific control measures where appropriate and complete the validation of such material.


    Other

    Essential

    • Excellent communication skills
    • Demonstrates a high level of resilience and ability to deal with distressing and stressful circumstances
    • Able to maintain concentration for long periods of time in order to produce timely, accurate clinically focussed work
    • Demonstrates excellent communication skills at all levels of organisation
    • Able to write complex documents with clarity and precision


    Employer details

    Employer name

    Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Liverpool Clinical Laboratories

    Liverpool

    L7 8YE

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    287-LCL-33-24

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