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Blood Science Team Leader

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Blood Science Team Leader

Department: Blood Sciences - Haematology/Blood Transfusion

Band 7 �43,742 - �50,056 Per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

An opportunity has arisen within this busy Pathology service to join the Blood Science (Haematology and Blood transfusion) team. You will be part of a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who deliver a high quality service that is responsive to patient requirements. Awareness of the requirements for compliance with the ISO15189 standards is a key requirement for this role. We look to continually improve our services for our patients and are therefore looking for staff with the right attitude who will work with us to achieve this.

We are looking for a competent and versatile person with an absolute attention to detail. The successful candidate must hold an IBMS accredited degree in Biomedical Science, further postgraduate qualifications and ideally have previous experience as a section lead in haematology.

For further information contact Alison McEvoy, Haematology Operational Manager ( on 01908 995780

Interviews date: 8th July 2024

Main duties of the job

Pathology and Blood Sciences have had major investment in equipment and refurbishment with the implementation of a Sysmex XN9000 track (2016), a Bio-Rad Variant II for Haemoglobinopathy screening (2019) and Ortho vision analysers in Blood Transfusion (2017). In 2021 Haematology introduced two ACL TOP 550 analysers for coagulation sample processing and two Cube 30 Touch analysers for ESR. The department also has a GeneXpert for FV Leiden/Prothrombin gene mutation detection.

The successful candidate would be expected to provide day to day management of the haematology laboratory, ensuring that staff, equipment and materials are supported to deliver a high quality service.

The Haematology laboratory at MKUH provides results for FBC, ESR, Glandular fever, G6PD screening, malaria screens and morphology. In terms of coagulation testing, we perform routine clotting tests on the ACL TOP 550 in addition to factor assays (VIII, IX, XI, XII, II, V, VII and X), Lupus screening, thrombophilia, FV Leiden Prothrombin Gene, anti Xa and DOAC screening. Haemoglobinopathy screening is performed on the Bio Rad Variant II and we are considered a high risk area for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.

About us

Our staff are the happiest NHS staff MKUH staff scored highest for 'I look forward to coming to work' (NHS Staff Survey 2023).

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Band 7 role would be to support the highly skilled team of biomedical scientist and associate practitioners in their roles, adhering to the UKAS ISO 15189 standard. This year we will be assessed against the 2022 standard. The successful candidate will be expected to have a good knowledge of the requirements for accreditation. The laboratory is also an IBMS training laboratory.

We have committed leadership who engage our staff, listen to innovative ideas, and involve our people in the challenges and improvements that our organisation faces. Continuing professional and personal development is encouraged and supported. We provide a comprehensive 24/7 service which the successful candidate will support through flexible rostering.

Please refer to the Job Description for further details.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist
  • BSc Biomedical Science or equivalent in a relevant field
  • MSc or equivalent Postgraduate qualification in relevant Biomedical Science field
  • Extensive knowledge ISO 15189:2012
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Quality Management qualification
  • Management qualification



  • Post HCPC registration experience as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist (Band 6) within Haematology/Blood Transfusion
  • Participation in 24/7 laboratory service
  • Incident/adverse investigation


  • External assessment by UKAS
  • Experience of organizational change
  • Experience as a lead in quality audits
  • Experience as a section lead within Haematology



  • Use of QMS tools i.e. QPULSE
  • QMS auditor skills
  • Organisational skills - able to manage conflicting priorities and organise workload of others.
  • Analytical - able analyse complex laboratory data and provide appropriate advice to service users
  • Report production - accurate & timely
  • Use of Microsoft Office & spreadsheets

Personal and people development


  • Proven leadership/management
  • Direct staff effectively
  • Motivational skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Commitment to service improvement



  • Ability to communicate with different staff grades & professions internally & externally

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Haematology (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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