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Rare Disease Scientific Support Team Lead

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The East Genomic Laboratory hub at Cambridge University Hospital is seeking an experienced healthcare scientist to lead and manage the scientific support operations for its Rare Disease service.

You will provide leadership and supervision to the team of scientific support officers. You will lead on promoting and developing performance and service delivery. You will be responsible for managing and delivering scientific support operations, such as sample routing, the sendaway service, referrals to the whole genome sequencing service and support to prenatal service.

We are looking for an individual with great interpersonal skills to work effectively in collaboration with the Sample Reception manager and the specialist scientific teams, reporting to the Head of the Rare Disease Service. You should be HCPC registered, can demonstrate suitable clinical and people management experience and a proven track record in managing teams. You will be able to adapt to change and unpredictable situations and will have excellent interpersonal, negotiation, team working, and problem solving skills.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsibility for managing the sample routing operations underpinning the rare disease service, including assessing suitability of samples and referrals, decision-making for routing tests to specialist teams, management of the sendaway service and returns of results, coordination of complex referrals to the whole genome sequencing and prenatal service.
  • To manage a team of highly skilled scientific support officers and their activities
  • To coordinate sample routing operations and activities in collaboration with reporting and specimen reception teams to insure a fit for purpose and highly effective service
  • To provide specialist advice to service users regarding testing pathways and sample requirements for a complex repertoire of tests reflecting the national test directory and local practice

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We provide a learning and quality improvement-focused environment, where you will interact with a wide variety of healthcare roles and individuals across the Genomic laboratory. There will be opportunity to contribute to the development of the service and participate to R& D activities. All staff members personal development is supported by a highly specialised training and education team to promote career advance in the field.

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 23rd June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 5th July 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • First degree in an appropriate biological science
  • Master's degree in related discipline
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Project management qualification
  • Undergraduate human genetics course/module
  • Specialist IBMS portfolio



  • Significant experience in a clinical diagnostic laboratory
  • Experience of staff management including managing performance
  • Planning workload for routine and emergency cover in work area
  • Implementation of procedures and policies within work area


  • Experience in a Genetics laboratory
  • Use of Epic electronic medical record system



  • Understanding of diagnostic laboratory activities
  • Good knowledge of analytical methods, quality assurance and problem solving
  • Knowledge of ISO 15189:2012 standards


  • Understanding of clinical genomics testing including disease areas and testing methods
  • Basic Human Genetics knowledge



  • Providing and receiving complex information
  • Communication and relationship skills including persuasive and motivational skills
  • Planning complex activities requiring high level of communication with several other teams
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Able to use and manipulate lab computer system and standard software packages


  • Experience of CUH I.T. systems.
  • Experience of Q-pulse.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hill Road



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