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Biomedical Scientist Anticoagulation Practitioner

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Anticoagulant Dosing and Advisory Service (ADAS)

37.5 hours between 08.45 - 17:00 Monday to Friday including Saturday mornings on rotation. AFC Band 5 / Band 6
Applications are invited for a qualified HCPC registered Biomedical scientist to work as an Anticoagulant Specialist in the Anticoagulant Dosing and Advisory service based at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. This is a busy, friendly team providing anticoagulation dosing advice to 4000 patients across the Fylde coast. The post holder will be part of a multi skilled team of 40 staff working at base and also travelling out to GP surgeries and other primary care centres to provide dosage advice and warfarin/DOAC education consultations to our patients. You will need to be comfortable dealing with patients both in person and over the phone in a professional and courteous manner. A full driving license is essential, although you would not be expected to use your own transport as the department has a fleet of trust vehicles.

We use DAWN Anticoagulation software and full training will be provided within the department to manage both patients taking warfarin and DOACS.Applicants will be considered from newly qualified band 5 Biomedical scientists with an interest in Anticoagulation which will progress, after one year, to band 6 following the completion of appropriate Anticoagulation modules and training in post.

Main duties of the job

  • Dosing of oral anticoagulant drugs with the assistance of a computer aided dosing system.
  • Dosing of oral anticoagulant drugs manually when required according to Anticoagulation protocols.
  • Taking appropriate action when patients are over anticoagulated, including administering Vitamin K according to Adas protocols and the PGD
  • Counseling patients regarding anticoagulant therapy and clinic attendance.
  • Reporting clinical incidents in line with Adas/trust policies.
  • Liaising with patients General practitioners in cases of poor compliance and treatment suitability.
  • Near patient testing of patient and quality control samples.

About us

When applying for this position, it is essential that you read the job description and person specification. Please use the supporting information space to demonstrate your ability to undertake this role, drawing on your skills, knowledge and experience. We strongly advise any interested party to contact us to arrange a visit to the department as this position is not a traditional BMS/HCPC pathology laboratory based role.

We recommend that all individuals employed in patient facing roles, or those located on a ward or department where patients receive a service should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please note, people reviewing your application will be seeking evidence that you meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work in the context of the Objectives of the Pathology Directorate and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. The post holder will practice without supervision as an Anticoagulation practitioner using the DAWN AC dosing software to provide anticoagulation dosage advice and management within the community clinics. Other duties include being responsible for administration of patient database, updating patient records, safety checks and anticoagulant dosing, ensuring that the performance and reporting is carried out accurately and timely. You will be expected to assist in the development and delivery of a quality patient focused service providing advice and education to our patients.

We use DAWN Anticoagulation software and full training will be provided within the department to manage both patients taking warfarin and direct oral inhibitors, DOACS.
  • Obtaining capillary/venous blood samples for analysis.
  • Routine tasks involved in the preparation of equipment and reagents and the correct disposal of clinical waste and sharps.
  • Assist with clinical audit and quality assurance.
  • The post holder is expected to perform his/her duties in accordance with Trust and Directorate Health and Safety at work Policies.
  • The post holder is expected to ensure that a constantly high standard of care and service is maintained to patients, members of staff and the general public (in accordance with Directorate policies)

For further information contact Lisa Jones, ADAS Manager, on 01253 953644

Person Specification



  • oClinical Qualification to degree level.
  • oEvidence of ongoing professional development.
  • oRelevant professional registration HCPC (any pathology discipline) registered


  • training and experience in a pathology discipline or Anticoagulation

Experience and Achievements


  • oExperience of working in a healthcare environment.
  • oExperience of Audit and qualoity systems
  • oExperience of compliance to accreditation systems.


  • oPrevious experience working with patients requiring anticoagulation therapy
  • oexperience of managing people/patients

Skills & Knowledge


  • oEvidence of previous Client/patient liaison
  • oEvidence of team and lone working.
  • oEvidence of managing own workloads


  • oKnowledge and understanding of conditions requiring anticoagulation therapy
  • oKnowledge and skills in the processes of management of anticoagulation therapies

Personal Attributes


  • oFlexibility of working pattern
  • oCapable of acquiring new skills
  • oCapable of working under pressure
  • oTeam player
  • oCapable of lifting 15 kg
  • oCurrent driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Whinney Heys Road



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