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Band 8c - Consultant Clinical Scientist (Biochemist)

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£72,428 to £83,149 a year incl. HCA
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a vacancy for a full time Band 8c Consultant Clinical Scientist (Biochemist) in Chemical Pathology and invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates with significant experience of working in a busy Chemical Pathology Department.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, well-organised and highly motivated individual, with exceptional communication skills who shares the values of West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

In return, we will provide opportunities for learning and professional development.

The post holder is expected to take a role in data analytics within the department and play a major role in the departments QMS system. They will also be expected to undertake method development, protocol development and clinical liaison including 'duty' biochemist roles for clinical advice for Trust Doctors and GPs.

The post-holder will be required to contribute to medical teaching and training for trainee clinical scientists and biomedical scientists.

The appointee will assist the Head of Department and other members of the team in providing a comprehensive, cost effective and high-quality Chemical Pathology service in our laboratories which are ISO15189:2012 accredited. The appointee will represent the Chemical Pathology Department at relevant Trust and Pathology meetings as required and will contribute to service improvement as well as facilitating delivery of current service provision.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to be an experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist specialising in Clinical Biochemistry and have successfully completed the FRCPath examination (candidates with MRCPath will be considered and appointed appropriately).

There is a full 24/7 hour acute/urgent analytical service at our Watford Laboratory and a Monday to Friday non urgent service provided at the Hemel Hempstead Laboratory site. The successful candidate is expected to work across sites as required. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the On-Call roster for the provision of clinical advice in Chemical Pathology out of hours after appropriate training.

The Laboratory is fully automated in its main analytical platforms with Roche Chemistry and Siemens Atellica analysers used for Immunochemistry testing. Sebia systems for protein electrophoresis. OC Sensor for FIT and Menarini Hb9210 for HbA1c testing. The Trust is committed to the personal development of its staff at all levels.

This role requires working closely with Consultants, Team Leaders, Quality Leads, and Chemical Pathology (Blood Science) Managers.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for providing a comprehensive Chemical Pathology service. He/she will be required to deliver a broad range of complex, specialised and non-routine scientific work. Skilled performance, with a high level of individual responsibility applied to a variety of situations is required with or without scientific and/or technical support.

The post holder will be responsible for providing clinical advice to Trust Doctors and to GPs as required on matters concerned with patient management.

The post holder will assist in the delivery of the Quality Management System (QMS) for Chemical Pathology and ensure high quality service delivery.

Person Specification

Your application will be scored against the JD/Person Specification


  • 0 - does not meet the person specification 1 - reserved meets some person specification requirements 2 - Meets all person specification requirements

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital

Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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