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Clinical Scientist Specialist in EQA

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic, self -motivated HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist in Clinical Biochemistry to join our team at Weqas. Applicants are invited that have gained advanced theoretical and practical knowledge through post-registration experience in the provision of a Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory service, consistent with the attainment of FRCPath part 1.

Weqas is as an External Quality Assessment (EQA)organization, hosted by Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board. With over 50 staff including clinical scientists, biomedical scientists, technologists, information technologists and administrative support staff, it is one of the largest EQA providers in the United Kingdom providing highly specialist clinical and scientific services within Laboratory Medicine. This includes external audit, performance analysis and an educational and clinical advisory service, including the manufacturing of clinical material for diagnostic laboratories and Point of Care testing applications. As well as UK NHS organizations, the service is also provided to the independent healthcare sector, commercial diagnostic companies and International clients, across 80 different countries. Weqas also runs a world class Reference Measurement Service, the only Laboratory in the UK that can provide this highly specialized and technically challenging service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for providing clinical guidance, specialist interpretative and problem-solving advice to clients (hospital scientists and clinicians) on the performance of a wide range of clinical laboratory investigations. This also includes alerting regulators across the UK and Ireland of potential poor performance issues with their laboratory diagnostic services. Reporting to the Consultant Clinical Lead, the post holder will be expected to become a subject matter expert in EQA. As such, the post holder will contribute to the performance and improvement of the EQA service to meet nationally and Internationally accepted standards.

The post holder is required to contribute to the clinical oversight of the EQA Programme to ensure that the programme design is clinically appropriate that the service is challenged and that the appropriate clinical interpretation is provided on the reports.

The post holder will have delegated responsibility for the supervision of scientific research projects and service improvement projects across the organisation including those for other scientific staff.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate qualification in Clinical Biochemistry (MSc or relevant PhD)
  • FRCPath part 1



  • State Registered Clinical Scientist (Health and Care Professions Council) for Clinical Biochemistry.



  • Post-registration laboratory experience
  • Interpreting, clinical validation and providing advice on laboratory results.
  • Evidence of research undertaken, project management and service development.
  • Evidence of performing clinical audits.
  • Evidence of practical problem solving and troubleshooting experience in a laboratory environment
  • Practical experience in using statistical techniques.
  • Training experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • Advise on interpretation of EQA reports
  • Extensive knowledge of highly specialist analytical methods
  • QA techniques including Internal Quality Control, EQA, Audit and risk assessment.
  • Good knowledge of laboratory computer information systems and Microsoft packages.
  • excellent oral and written communication skills.

Personal attributes


  • The ability to work independently, plan complex activities and manage own workload
  • Good presentation skills as required for the presentation of clinical cases

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Weqas, Unit 6,

Parc TÅ· Glas, Llanishen,


CF14 5DU

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