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Clinical Embryologist/Laboratory Lead

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
We are a successful 5* HFEA-rated IVF clinic based in the Department of Reproductive Medicine (DRM) at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. We serve the population of the North East and Cumbria but regularly treat patients from outside of our geographical area due to our excellent reputation. Carrying out up to 400 cycles of IVF treatment each year, our department is managed by a multi-disciplinary team including lead consultant, quality manager and lead nurse. To complete our team we are seeking to recruit an experienced Embryologist with proven technical, leadership and line management skills to fulfil the role of Laboratory Lead.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person and we would love to hear from you if you feel you have the relevant qualities, qualifications and experience.

Main duties of the job

Assisted conception procedures, IVF, ICSI, IUI, audit, quality control, equipment monitoring and maintenance. Contribute to the Department of Reproductive Medicine MDT, attend and report at departmental meetings and represent the department externally.

Qualified to postgraduate degree level, you will be responsible for managing a small team of senior embryologists, one clinical laboratory support assistant and one medical laboratory support assistant. You will ensure the provision of a comprehensive embryology service and be an integral part of the management team to ensure our continued success and future-proofing. This is a new role and as such you will have a high level autonomy to review and develop the service further with the support of an experienced embryology team. You will be expected to be well-informed about new developments in embryology, lead research and be forward thinking. You will possess proven leadership skills which will enable you to implement new initiatives and work strategically and operationally with the Centre senior management team. Your extensive interpersonal skills will enable you to foster positive professional relationships with departmental leads, the wider team and wider Trust. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a comprehensive understanding of the HFEA Code of Practice, licensing regulation, the concepts of quality management and quality assurance.

About us

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to:
  • Explore leadership within the NHS
  • Promote Trust Values and Behaviours
  • Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skills
  • Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • 1.Experience as a fully qualified, state registered Clinical Scientist with HCPC (embryology).
  • 2.Fully trained and competent in all standard ART
  • ICSI trained and currently practising.
  • Sound understanding of operational management.


  • Previous experience of working in the NHS and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Provision of own ICSI log and results.



  • 2.State registration as a clinical scientist with the HCPC to practice as a Clinical Embryologist


  • Relevant higher degree

Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road



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