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Lead Clinical Perfusion Scientist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc. of HCA & On Call Supplement
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Perfusionist at any stage of their career to be part of the extensive range of highly specialised services that we provide for our patients. We are searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our existing team of Clinical Perfusion Scientists at the Royal Brompton site in South Kensington, London. This position is for either a band 8a Lead Clinical Perfusion Scientist.

Main duties of the job

Applicants should be competent in a wide range of perfusion techniques used in adult cardiac surgery and be familiar with associated therapies such as intra-aortic balloon counter pulsation, intra-operative cell salvage and coagulation monitoring with thromboelastography. Applicants should have good communication skills and be able to work well within a multi-disciplinary team.

In addition, the Royal Brompton Hospital is one of only five centres in England commissioned to provide veno-venous Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for severe acute respiratory failure in adults. We also provide veno-arterial ECMO for severe cardiac failure both in children and adults and have an active retrieval service with patients being referred from all over the South West of England and Wales.

About us

As a nationally accredited training unit, we place emphasis on training and education and the continual professional development of all our staff. We provide regular seminars and wet lab sessions for the wider theatre team and staff from other departments. We promote attendance and participation at all relevant scientific meetings and our practice is constantly evolving based on best scientific evidence. The opportunity for research is also available.

This role would be ideally suited to candidates seeking exposure to perfusion techniques beyond those encountered during routine adult cardiac surgery. Although experience of Paediatric perfusion and ECMO techniques is desirable, it is not essential and further training in these areas will be given to the successful candidate.

Accreditation with the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland and registration with the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland are essential requirements for this post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Select and prepare under sterile conditions the appropriated cardiopulmonary bypass equipment according to the needs of the patient and the surgical procedure. This may involve manual handling of heavy equipment.
  • Implement a perfusion strategy for an individual patient based on the pre assessment of the patient records and discussion with the relevant medical groups. This will involve close working relationships with staff in a stressful working environment.
  • Participate in a 24hr on-call service.
  • Perform paediatric cardiopulmonary bypass with or without supervision depending upon experience. Training and supervision will be given where necessary.
  • Competently perform Intra Aortic Balloon Counter Pulsation therapy in all areas of the hospital.
  • Ensure that stock levels are maintained at all times.
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained and decontaminated to the departmental standard.
  • Be proactive in the blood conservation programme following the better transfusion policy, by providing cell salvage to all patients.
  • Administer blood transfusions following the better blood transfusion policy.
  • Offer a blood management service to all specialties including sealants and gels.
  • Assist with the provision of a specialist ECMO service to patients and other multi-disciplinary teams including initial assembly and technical support throughout the ECMO period. Training and supervision will be given where necessary.
  • To be responsible for patient parameters whilst on cardiopulmonary bypass with the administration of drugs within set guidelines.
  • Familiar with all emergency procedures for equipment failure and act according to the department procedures, ensuring patient safety.
  • To perform quality assurance procedures and checks. Taking the appropriate action in the event of failure.
  • Accurately complete the data set requirements for the Trust.
  • Assist with the provision of a near patient testing service and provide interpretation of the results.
  • Deal empathetically with patients, carers and staff in difficult situations.
  • Provide teaching training and support of senior clinical perfusionists and trainee clinical perfusionists whilst demonstrating teaching skills.
  • Maintain accurate real time patient records with hard copies correctly stored.

Person Specification



  • MSc in Clinical Perfusion Science (or equivalent)
  • Registered with College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of GB & I


  • Clinical Logbook demonstrating 40 cases per annum



  • Competent in Cardiopulmonary Bypass techniques in adults


  • Competent in cardiopulmonary bypass techniques for paediatric patients including Neonatal, Infant & GUCH patients
  • Ability to demonstrate application of expanded roles / skills within clinical setting

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street



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