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Directorate Manager Laboratory Haematology

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year N/A
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a lead Health Care Scientist to develop and deliver the strategy to drive forwards innovation for laboratory haematology. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust operates a network of haematology/blood transfusion laboratories on four sites, utilising a unified IT infrastructure and commonality to testing platforms. The directorate works closely with the clinical haematology teams in large tertiary adult and paediatric teams.

In conjunction with the Clinical Director for laboratory haematology, you will be responsible for the overall operation and development of the haematology service, ensuring that the service is of high quality and that it functions in an efficient and safe manner. You will have the responsibility for managing a team to successfully deliver all aspects of laboratory haematology, from motivating staff to maintaining the department's finances, this is a multi-layered role. We are looking for a visionary leader with excellent communication skills and developed management skills honed along your career path. HCPC registered, you will have significant haematology experience with a good awareness of current issues in the pathology service, health and safety legislation and UKAS standards.

Main duties of the job

Working with the Director, Clinical Head of Division and Clinical Director of laboratory haematology the Directorate Manager will be operationally accountable for ensuring the effective management and development of a range of services within the Haematology Directorate covering such areas such as Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Stem Cell, pre-op anaemia clinic, etc.

The Directorate Manager is responsible for the operational management of all Haematology services within the Division. This involves delivery of a service meeting operational performance targets, strategic objectives and working within financial targets. Responsible for all Haematology services delivered as part of a Hub and Spoke arrangement, whether that be services residing within MFT or delivered in partnership or under contracts with neighbouring trusts.

As a senior manager the post holder will be expected to make a significant contribution to the overall delivery of a quality service and adoption of best practice standards within available income. Providing leadership and strategic direction to the Directorate including the interpretation and implementation of policy into operational delivery.

The post holder will take the lead on specific modernisation and workforce planning issues, which will include development and implementation of projects, working within tight timescales as and when required.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Post Holder will work closely with the Director, Clinical Head of Division, Deputy Divisional Director, Clinical Director for Laboratory Haematology Clinical Leads and Laboratory Managers, to achieve the Trusts corporate objectives and will be expected to make a positive contribution to the delivery of health services across the local health community.

Support the Director to balance the budget for the Division through active and regular monitoring and management of expenditure and by meeting any other Trust financial targets such as for cash releasing efficiency schemes.

In conjunction with the Director and the Clinical Head of Division provide strategic direction for the Directorate.

Support the Divisional Director to review the delivery of services seeking to utilise best practice whilst embracing local and national modernisation agenda including regional and nationally commissioned services.

Will communicate effectively with Healthcare Scientists, Clinicians and other healthcare providers both within and outside of the Trust other Trust Directorates including Estates, ICT, Human Resources, Finance, Payroll, Occupational Health representatives and service personnel from Commercial organisations.

Will actively participate in committees and working parties within the Directorate, Division, Trust and Region and in other specialist interest group committees, providing specialist leadership and expert advice.

Support the Division to develop a resource management strategy incorporating workforce planning in line with current and future service issues through leadership and the management of change.

In conjunction with the Divisional Director, Clinical Director for Laboratory Haematology, Clinical Head of Division, Director of Research and Development and clinicians within the Directorate, ensure research and development is pursued in line with Trust strategy and that any practice is evidence based.

To manage the operational delivery of a safe, effective, patient centred support service

To ensure that services across the Directorate achieve performance, finance and quality objectives and targets in line with the Trusts performance management arrangements

To ensure maximum operational and financial efficiencies with the services they are responsible for managing

To support the delivery of performance targets relevant to each department

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration in Biomedical Sciences
  • Masters Degree or equivalent level of knowledge and experience of Haematology/blood transfusion
  • Evidence of continuing CPD
  • Recognised management qualification or attendance at short courses or relevant management experience


  • Post graduate management qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant laboratory experience and management of a Haematology laboratory at a senior level
  • Ability to develop business cases to meet service need
  • Understanding of Pathology Quality Assurance metrics in order to measure performance in haematology and blood transfusion
  • Understanding of current issues within the Pathology service including pathology modernisation and laboratory networks
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Understanding of UKAS standards
  • Experience with laboratory computer systems. Comprehensive IT skills
  • Evidence of staff appraisal and performance management
  • Management of resources with a good track record with change management, efficiency savings and financial recovery plans
  • Experience of analysing highly complex data and creating reports from such information
  • Experience of liaising with different professions and organisations


  • Understanding of the operation of acute hospital services e.g ED metrics
  • Experience of managing haematology hub and spoke laboratories

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Oxford Road Campus

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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