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Genetic Technologist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Labat Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust as a Genetic Technologist (Band 6).

The post holder will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. They will share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Main duties of the job

Genetic Technologist will be responsible for:

Participate in the processing and analysis of samples.

To provide full technical support to a series of services, managing routine samples and analysis with some autonomy.

To take responsibility under the Head of Laboratory Services for staff supervision, recruitment, retention and development in service area.

To participate in the routine work of the laboratory by participation on the rotas and other similar tasks as directed by the Head of Laboratory Services.

To provide an efficient, cost effective and high quality service to expected turnaround times.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To supervise and manage in all aspects and take responsibility for a technical service provided by the laboratory including all developmental aspects, liaison with clinical scientists and troubleshooting with regards to the service.
  • Develop and implement policies for own area of responsibility and participate in the development of policies that impact outside own services.
  • To demonstrate and apply a good understanding of the scientific and technical principles involved in the delivery of the service including troubleshooting.
  • To oversee and deliver where required a variety of specialised techniques requiring the personal use of complex and costly equipment (> �30K).
  • In partnership with the Laboratory Management and Practitioner/Technologists, to be responsible for the accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of a variety of routine and non-routine specialist genetic tests.
  • To be personally responsible for the time management and planning of multiple tasks and activities as described in the job description and be able to respond to changing requirements, adjusting plans as required.

Please see the attached Job description and personal specification for further details.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Graduate in relevant good (2.2 or above) honours degree in science or additional postgraduate qualification if not a science degree.
  • Registered or soon to be eligible for registration in appropriate scheme for Healthcare Scientist.


  • Relevant post graduate or masters qualification



  • A number of years' experience of laboratory work (post-graduate and/or industrial).
  • Experience of management of some aspects of UKAS
  • Experience of service planning, development and delivery

Knowledge and Skills


  • Broad practical and theoretical knowledge of Human Genetics with several areas of highly specialist skills and detailed knowledge.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety, quality management and UKAS requirements in a laboratory environment.
  • High level of technical and analytical skill including trouble shooting.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to train and develop staff in service area.
  • Excellent organisational skills including meticulous record keeping.
  • Ability to supervise and manage a service and meet tight deadlines.


  • Ability to manage technical staff in relation to service
  • A number of years laboratory experience in an accredited diagnostic laboratory
  • Have line managed staff or managed Projects
  • Drafted and Written SOP's

Personal Attributes


  • Good communication skills.
  • Able to carry responsibility for day-to-day management of workload and to tight deadlines where necessary. Excellent team player and independent worker.

Demonstrates Trust Values


  • Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's Hospital

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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