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Locum Consultant Clinical Scientist/Biochemistry

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Pathology department, Poplar Grove, Stockport,
£70,417 to £81,138 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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We are looking to recruit a locum Consultant Scientist in Biochemistry to join our relatively small team to help make a big contribution to our users and ultimately our patients. Being a busy medium sized district general hospital with very close links with primary care and all of our users. The aim of this locum post is to back fill a consultant clinical scientist whilst they are engaged with the project of delivering a new LIMS computer system for Pathology.

This post will provide continuity of service whilst the department establishes a LIMS system suitable for the future service delivery, and applicants should possess the FRCPath and HPCP registration.

As well as contributing to the evolving Biochemistry service Input into POCT will be required and working closely with our Haematology sections is encouraged. We are looking forward to being contacted to discuss the post and reading your application.

SHH Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory holds UKAS accreditation and provides comprehensive services to the population of Stockport and High Peak receiving a large and varied workload.

For an informal discussion please contact Mr Steven Mccann, Consultant Biochemist, clinical lead for Blood sciences, on 0161 4195619.

Main duties of the job

(i) Clinical:
  • Clinical guidance, scientific advice and assistance to clinicians on selection, performance and interpretation of clinical tests
  • Provide consultant clinical expertise and advice to hospital clinicians, GPs and external users of the service.
  • The post holder will interpret highly complex clinical and pathological data and be responsible for clinical authorisation of laboratory reports.
  • To be responsible for the creation, implementation and review of evidence based clinical guidelines in conjunction with other consultant colleagues and clinical users.
  • To participate in ward rounds and clinical discussion meetings as required, giving advice on selection, availability and interpretation of biochemical tests if required.
  • To participate in meetings with clinical users of the service and contribute to service delivery.
  • To prepare and present clinical cases at departmental, regional and national clinical meetings.

  • (ii) Laboratory - Scientific and Technical
    • To maintain up to date specialist expertise and knowledge in Clinical Biochemistry and that such knowledge is passed to other staff, where appropriate.
    • To provide expertise in the selection and development of analytical methods employed and to maintain full awareness of their reactions, limitations and causes of interference or error.
    • To critically evaluate analytical methods and equipment prior to introduction and maintain at highest possible standards within the resources available.

    About us

    We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

    We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

    We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

    If you require support with your application please contact a member of the recruitment team, who can discuss alternative application methods.

    We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

    Benefits we offer to you:
    • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
    • NHS pension scheme membership
    • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
    • NHS Staff discounts
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
    • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description where there is a detailed description of the consultant Clinical scientist role.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.
    • If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.50. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

    In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

    Person Specification

    Professional qualifications


    • FRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification


    • Further education in the discipline



    • Previous appointments that provided professional training in relevant clinical specialties and broad aspects of Biochemistry


    • Leadership in speciality



    • Clinical experience commensurate with training in specialty
    • Experience of clinical audit


    • An understanding of NHS management responsibilities of consultants. Attendance at an appropriate management course.
    • Evidence of management/leadership development



    • Should be able to demonstrate research experience

    Professional skills


    • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with patients and relatives and with colleagues of all disciplines.
    • Should show an aptitude to developing leaderships skills to lead teams
    • Should be able to demonstrate ability to be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team


    • Experience of supervision of junior medical staff and relevant staff in other disciplines

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


    Pathology Department, Stepping Hill Hospital

    Pathology department, Poplar Grove, Stockport,

    SK2 7JE

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