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Pathology Section Manager Biochemistry Site Lead

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To manage a section leading a team of qualified and support staff, and be responsible for all aspects of service delivery of the section, including developing and promoting efficient, effective and robust systems and processes in the management of all resources, including those which impact on delivery against financial targets, staff, information, and equipment in any laboratory section within the Network

The Section Manager will develop a culture in which staff are continuously improving the delivery of high quality services, ensuring the development of realistic objectives for staff, through leadership, motivation and systematic performance management across the Pathology Network.

Main duties of the job

CWPS is one of the largest pathology network's within the UK, it is UKAS accredited as a network and also home to UHCW which is the second busiest trauma centres within the UK. As a network we are very forward thinking and innovative and are currently part way through a major procurement project which will see the development of a major Hub laboratory within our network supported by three essential service laboratories. It offers the prospect for great career development and future opportunities.

Please be advised that interviews are due to take place on 8th May 2024.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applications are invited from suitable candidates interested in joining our excellent team within the Biochemistry and Immunology Department of Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS) in the exciting role of Biochemistry Site Lead at the major hub site at George Eliot Hospital for the network.

You will be expected to maintain the required professional standards and an up-to-date knowledge of Biochemistry and Immunology, and current working practices. Working as part of the team, you will contribute to provision and further development of a high quality diagnostic service. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join a department dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care.

The successful candidate must be able to work well as part of the Biochemistry and Immunology management team, be innovative, seek constant service improvement, support their management team colleagues in service provision, and may be expected to deputise for the departmental manager on occasion.

The Biochemistry and Immunology service is a rapidly expanding part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network, which is based on the hospital sites at Coventry (University Hospital), Nuneaton (George Eliot Hospital) and Warwick (South Warwickshire Hospital) . It offers a comprehensive range of Pathology services to a population of approximately 1.8 million Coventry and Warwickshire residents and has a close relationship with the Medical school at Warwick University. The network offers an excellent opportunity to those seeking employment in a modern, innovative and high-profile organisation.

As this is a senior role the candidate must have an MSc or equivalent qualification. Consideration may be given to candidates who are close to completion of MSc or HSD. We can also offer a Band 6 Trainee Section Manager post for the right candidate, who may not have an MSc or equivalent qualification. Completion of the IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma over 12 months whilst in this role, would then progress to Band 7 Section Manager.

  • Daily manage and monitor staff in the performance of routine and specialised diagnostic services on patient and environmental samples containing potentially infectious material including blood, urine, faeces, sputum and tissue specimens using complex and highly specialised techniques to exacting medical and scientific standards according to standard operating procedures. Perform such diagnostic tests when necessary
  • Design and plan departmental rotas, allocate and reallocate work schedules for themselves and the team and determine work priorities to meet service needs.
  • Support the Department Manager in the planning, development, co-ordination and evaluation of the pathology service, and deputise for the Pathology Department Manager as required.
  • Record, and validate results when required. Interpret complex results, and authorise individual reports from the team in electronic form and / or verbally to persons authorised to receive them e.g. Medical, nursing and non medical staff.
  • Is proficient in the use of the Quality Management system, ensuring the effective development and/or management of all controlled documentation, non-conformities and audit reports within the system.
  • Co-ordinates external and internal quality assurance schemes and supervises compliance with the departmental audit schedules, reviews findings, and implements service changes and improvements where necessary.
  • Manages the propagation and maintenance of all laboratory aspects of the ISO/CPA standards and MHRA requirements, HTA regulations, HSE requirements and any other statutory regulations, and ensure the delivery of services in line with the principles of these standards and requirements throughout CWPS
  • Ensures quality assurance procedures are adhered to and all necessary internal records are maintained. Collates data for and leads departmental meetings and proposes and implements change as appropriate, ensuring clear lines of communication at all times.
  • Manages and monitors maintenance on routine and complex equipment to ensure accuracy and precision of results. Provides specialist support for staff to troubleshoot faults and take appropriate action to maintain the patient service.
  • Takes responsibility within the laboratory for achieving and maintaining all local and national performance targets. Management of KPIs (key performance indicators) including prioritising work to achieve turnaround times, managing staff attendance, and attaining and sustaining PDR and mandatory training compliance.
  • Collect, interpret and collate in an agreed format, information when required for presentation e.g. for departmental Operational Board reports and quality meetings
  • Propose, oversee and develop the implementation of new techniques, equipment and working practices including supporting any management of change processes which require implementation
  • Provide and receive specialist departmental knowledge, to and from staff and service users.
  • Manage and maintain stocks of materials, reagents, consumables and equipment, ensuring the most economical use of non-pay resources, identifying areas of cost improvement
  • Deal with difficult and complicated telephone enquiries, such as complaints, record information and complete follow up reports when necessary

  • Interpret complex laboratory results and take appropriate action in line with laboratory policies and procedures e.g. authorisation of results, ordering relevant follow-up laboratory procedures, adding technical and approved predefined clinically relevant comments, referring results for an expert opinion or clinical interpretation, informing the requestor of clinically significant results according to Network agreed policies
  • Take part in and support laboratory based research projects, and support clinical trials, and encourage innovation amongst all staff

Health and Safety
  • To ensure that correct local and Trust policies are adhered to by all staff. Ensure all accidents, injuries, spillages and breakages are reported on the Trust incident reporting system, and that such incidents or breaches of procedure are investigated and reported in conjunction with the departmental health and safety representative

Laboratory I.T.
  • Has a good level of understanding and working knowledge of the laboratory information system, makes suggestions for improvements and supports changes when required
  • Leads by example and maintains confidentiality, security and integrity of information relating to patients, staff and other health service business.
  • Uses computer software packages such as Microsoft Office to create laboratory documentation and compile reports to present when needed

Training and Development
  • Manage the departmental training programme for all grades of staff as directed by the Pathology Department Manager, and ensure these are co-ordinated across the Network
  • Manage the completion and maintenance of records of training and competence for staff in all sections.
  • Participate in and encourage continual professional development to maintain high standards of knowledge and skills for all staff.
  • Organise, participate in and perform personal development reviews, supporting and working to an agreed set of objectives, both personal and departmental/CWPS.
  • Attend external training/meetings as agreed with Pathology Department Managers, and incorporate learning into Network service improvements.
  • Organise, prepare and deliver formal training sessions to groups to ensure a high level of specialist theoretical knowledge.
  • Develop specialist knowledge in a departmental section, as agreed with the Pathology Department Manager, but be able to undertake duties at a Band 7 level, in any area, on any site within relevant departments as required

  • Comply with all policies and procedures of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
  • Maintain good working relations with all members of staff and lead by example to promote effective team work at all times
  • Treat staff, visitors and patients at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust with courtesy and respect in telephone, written communications including emails, and personal interactions.
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as requested by the Pathology Department Manager

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


George Eliot Hospital

College Street


CV10 7DJ

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