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Clinical Scientist (Immunology)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for a Band 7 Clinical Scientist in Immunology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Trainees eligible for HCPC registration by Autumn 2024 will be considered for appointment at Band 6 with automatic progression to Band 7 on registration.

Appointment to Band 7 Senior Clinical Scientist post will require you to be HCPC registered as a Clinical Scientist and have an MSc or equivalent in Immunology.

This is an exciting time to work at Leeds soon we will move into the new, purpose-built Centre for Laboratory Medicine on the St Jamess University Hospital site, which will allow our routine and specialist immunology services to be co-located with the regional Biochemistry, Haematology, Microbiology, and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratories.

We are looking for someone with a passion for laboratory medicine and an ability to provide a progressive and highly patient-focused laboratory service for the healthcare providers and patients we serve. You will join a friendly multidisciplinary team of Clinical Immunologists and Clinical Scientists in Immunology and Biochemistry.

Main duties of the job

The Immunology Laboratory provides an analytical and clinical advisory service to the tertiary and secondary clinical immunology services within LTHT and the wider network within the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT).

Around 400,000 samples are processed per year and tests performed include both automated and more specialised assays the development of new assays will be encouraged.

The post holder will have a close working relationship with the principal and consultant clinical scientists within Immunology and Specialist Laboratory Medicine, with the technical service delivery team and with the clinical immunology team. Along with clinical scientist colleagues, they will be a key point of contact for clinical and scientific enquiries into the Immunology Laboratory and will be responsible for training and competency assurance for the clinical validation and reporting of results from the Immunology Laboratory. The post holder will participate in liaison with clinical service users, participation in MDTs and provision of advice and guidance on appropriate use of laboratory tests and laboratory resources.

As a department we aim to provide a consistently high quality and professional service to all our users. Experience within the Immunology discipline is essential, as well as good communication skills and an enthusiasm for quality improvement and service development in line with clinical requirements for our patients.

About us

You will join a team of clinical scientists in Specialist Laboratory Medicine (SLM). The laboratory is managed within a group of laboratories termed Specialist Laboratory Medicine (SLM) within the Pathology Clinical Service Unit at LTHT.

we are constantly evolving and we have patient safety and quality at the centre of all that we do. We are networked with our neighbouring Trusts within the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) and working closely with our colleagues in the region to implement a new cross-WYAAT LIMS.

Leeds is a vibrant city in the heart of West Yorkshire with a diverse social, art and cultural history. A buzzing city centre has excellent restaurants, pubs and bars, museums and galleries. With excellent road and rail networks, getting into the beautiful surrounding suburbs is easy.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached JD provided as a separate pdf file for uploading to NHS Jobs for this post - along with this form

Person Specification



  • To have completed a formal post graduate training programme approved as appropriate for registration together with supervised in service experience totalling 3 years
  • OR to have undertaken alternative training and supervised in service experience totalling 6 years as appropriate for registration
  • To have a thorough knowledge of human Immunology and chemistry, including metabolic processes, physiology and pharmacology.
  • To have a good knowledge of analytical methods, quality assurance and problem solving.
  • To have developed analytical (technical) skills in general areas
  • Able to advise medical and nursing staff on investigations and interpretations of biochemical and metabolic processes (where necessary with back up from more senior staff)
  • Able to use and manipulate lab computer system and standard software packages.
  • Able to provide leadership to a small team within the department as delegated.
  • Able to recognise patterns of abnormality and relate them to clinical situations and assess differential diagnoses.
  • Able to prepare and present scientific and clinical information at meetings or as part of a teaching commitment.
  • Able to conduct Research and Development Activities.

Additional Requirements


  • Good hand eye co-ordination for fine manipulation of delicate instrumentation.
  • A very high level of knowledge is required in general areas of clinical Immunology.

Skills & behaviours


  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to maintain self-control in difficult and challenging situations.
  • Able to prepare and present scientific and clinical information at meetings or as part of a teaching commitment.
  • Able to organise and manage complex activities.
  • Able to maintain intense concentration on important tasks despite frequent interruptions.
  • General knowledge of other medical specialities including areas of pathology and diagnostic imaging
  • To be fully aware of the requirements and constraints of Clinical Governance, Patient Confidentiality and Patient Safety and to operate within these values.
  • To be fully aware of the procedures in the Trust for investigating complaints and errors and to ensure that appropriate action is taken to minimise future occurrence.
  • To be able to explain to service users complex clinical and scientific terminology, requirements and reasons for specialised investigations and how these impact upon their treatment.
  • To be able to challenge established medical opinion and patient management on the basis of specialist knowledge, expertise and best practice examples.
  • To undertake continuing professional development and maintain competence in all areas of practice.
  • To have a basic knowledge of managerial procedures in general.


  • Able to conduct Clinical Audit of services.



  • First Degree in Immunology or Chemistry OR alternative qualifications AND experience externally assessed as being equivalent
  • Masters Degree or PhD in Clinical Immunology OR assessed equivalent level of knowledge and expertise within speciality of clinical Immunology
  • Registration as a clinical scientist with Health Care Professions Council OR evidence of near-completion of STP programme


  • Relevant PhD

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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