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Pathology Quality Manager

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 Pathology Quality Manager

37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday

Based at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

We are looking to appoint a high calibre, enthusiastic and talented individual to the post of Pathology Quality Manager. The post holder will be based at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, but will work across both of our hospitals with regular (approximately weekly) travel to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

You will have a biomedical science degree or equivalent and a further relevant postgraduate diploma or equivalent. Ideally you will also have a quality management qualification.

We are looking for someone with extensive knowledge and experience of the accreditation and regulatory requirements of a pathology service. You will therefore have a working knowledge of the laboratories and the application of the various accreditation/regulatory standards within each laboratory function.

Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills are required with the ability to communicate clearly to groups of people and individuals of all levels. The ability to influence and motivate people will be required.

A working knowledge of the QPulse system will be advantageous. Experience in training and coaching, and well developed IT skills will be essential.

Main duties of the job

Working in collaboration with the senior management teams, the post holder will develop, implement and maintain systems to assure quality within pathology at North Cumbria

The post holder will be responsible for assuring the quality of all areas of clinical practice against the current standards. This will include delivery and oversight of quality improvement programmes.

The post holder will manage risk within the department.

The post holder will be responsible for:
  • Managing and developing the Pathology Quality Management System for Cell Sciences, Blood Sciences , Infection Sciences and Point of Care Testing
  • Managing the UKAS accreditation process for all disciplines within Pathology
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory licensing and accrediting bodies including MHRA, HTA and HSE
  • Chairing the Pathology Safety an Quality meeting and attending departmental Safety and Quality meetings
  • Provide advice, guidance and support to all pathology staff

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Biomedical Science Degree or equivalent
  • Further relevant development to postgraduate diploma or equivalent


  • IBMS Extended practice in Quality Management Certificate or Equivalent
  • Health and Safety certificate or equivalent



  • Substantial working to quality management standards within a UK clinical laboratory environment.
  • Management and/or implementation of a quality management system.
  • Monitoring compliance against standards.
  • Supervision of NHS staff and non-staff resources within an NHS environment
  • Administration of IT systems
  • Developing Teams to achieve organisational goals
  • Use of word processing, use of databases, spreadsheets and presentation tools


  • Working practices in pathology disciplines
  • Quality management software.



  • Continuing professional development with portfolio
  • Standards for regulatory, licensing and accreditation bodies of UK clinical laboratories e.g. MHRA, HTA and UKAS.
  • Best practice in pathology laboratory QMS.
  • Health and safety legislation
  • Governance and risk management
  • Training requirements in UK clinical laboratories
  • Equality Legislation and best practice
  • Microsoft Office


  • Equality impact analysis
  • Root cause analysis



  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Extensive IT skills
  • Ability to manage complex issues through a range of approaches.
  • Ability to manage sensitive situations.
  • Able to make decisions on competing pressures to precise timescales.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflicting priorities.


  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills
  • Highly developed persuasive skills

Personal circumstances


  • Positive, enthusiastic and motivated

Other requirements


  • Flexible approach to work patterns.
  • Able to travel between hospital sites and more widely, according to service needs..


  • Driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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