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Blood Sciences Section Manager Biochemistry

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and suitably qualified HCPC registered Specialist Biomedical Scientist, experienced in Biochemistry, to apply for a Band 7 Biochemistry Section Manager post in the Blood Sciences Department at Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen.

The post holder will hold FIBMS, MSc. or equivalent. They willbe up to date with developments in the discipline and able to demonstrate relevant CPD in accordance with HCPC. The post holder will have post registration clinical and technical experience at Specialist Biomedical Scientist level, and In-depth knowledge of complex instrumentation / laboratory techniques and QA/QC procedures.

The newly refurbished and modernised Blood Science Laboratory provides acute and routine primary and secondary care services in Biochemistry, Haematology and Coagulation, alongside a Special Proteins department, a busy Blood Transfusion department and a wide ranging POCT service.

Effective organisational and communication skills are essential, and you will be expected to work within and manage a team efficiently.

We are a registered training laboratory and promote and embrace a philosophy of learning and development.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will section manageand take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Biochemistry section of the Blood Sciences Laboratory.

They will be responsible for providing specialist advice to users of the service, evaluating new methodologies, developing, growing and optimising the service in conjunction with Health Board Service Manager and Consultant Clinical Scientist staff.

The Biochemistry Section is currently equipped with the Roche Cobas PRO analysers, together with the Sebia Minicap, Hydrasis, TOSOH and other supporting Biochemistry systems.

The post holder will be responsible for the development of the service and ensuring that it is robust and responsive to the needs of our users.They will provide professional, technical and managerial leadership to all staff in Biochemistry and will be responsible for training, assessing and ensuring competence, monitoring work practice, in accordance with agreed standards as set by United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) Limited.

The successful candidate will also be jointly responsible for the management of staff absence and annual leave.

The department operates a contractual shift pattern supporting Round the Clock Services, and out of hours working on the Biochemistry rota will be part of your role.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post, English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful post holder will join the team at an exciting time and will become a key stakeholder in the development of the innovative regional network of excellence. The individual will initially be employed by HDUHB until a regional management model is established. The post will then transition into a regional role.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 25.07.2024.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • HCPC Registration
  • FIBMS / MSc. or equivalent.
  • Participation in CPD.
  • In-depth knowledge of complex instrumentation / laboratory techniques and QA/QC procedures.


  • Management / supervisory qualification
  • CPD Diploma



  • Post registration clinical and technical experience at Specialist Biomedical Scientist level



  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner
  • Flexible approach to needs of the service

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Glangwili General Hospital

Dolgwili Road


SA31 2AF

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