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Band 7 - Biomedical Scientist, Haematology Training Lead

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Watford and Hemel Hemsptead
£45,753 to £52,067 a year inc HCA
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Department of Blood Science: Haematology

Watford and Hemel Hempstead General Hospitals

Band 7 Biomedical Scientist-HaematologyTrainingLead

Full Time- 37.5 hours per week

An opportunity has arisen to join our friendly and dedicated Haematology (Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology laboratories) team within the West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and we invite applications from Biomedical Scientists with significant experience of working in a Haematology and Blood Transfusion Department and evidence of training and coaching skills.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, well-organised and highly motivated individual, with exceptional communication skills and training knowledge who shares the Values of West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, to become part of this progressive organisation.

In return, we will provide excellent opportunities for learning and professional development. The ideal candidate will have experience and a thorough understanding of Haematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion and the requirements of ISO15189 accreditation.

Main duties of the job

Responsibilities for Analysis and Judgement

To learn and maintain an up-to-date knowledge of both routine and developmental work within the laboratory and maintain competency levels through annual reassessment protocols.

To ensure that work is carried out efficiently/accurately in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and to bring any problems to the attention of a BMS Section Manager that may arise during the course of their duty.

To perform analysis of National External Quality Assessment Schemes [NEQAS] and Internal Quality Assurance Schemes [IQAS] and to ensure that appropriate corrective action is taken where and whenever necessary.

To monitor, record and advise on the correct interpretation of results, to check, authorise and release results according to the departmental policy.

To follow departmental maintenance protocols to ensure that equipment performs at an optimal level and take the appropriate corrective action when required.

To audit portfolios following planned schedules of training and education and to co-ordinate other BMS educational activities such as practical projects.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Time- 37.5 hours per week- Shifts (On-Call participation is a requirement of the role)

The Haematology Training Lead will liaise closely with other Band 7 BMS Team Leaders and Managers within Blood Science namely Haematology, Blood Transfusion, and Immunology. They will also liaise with the Blood Sciences Manager and the Medical, Nursing and Phlebotomy Staff within the department. The post holder will be accountable to the Consultant Heads of Haematology & Blood Transfusion in relation to the clinical aspects of the work.

You will lead on the development of competency assessments for all grades of staff to meet the standards of ISO 15189:2012/2022 accreditation. To assist in the design, implementation, and delivery of the laboratory training strategy in conjunction with the BMS Section Managers and the Laboratory Manager.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for encouraging staff development. The successful candidate is expected to act as a Band 7 Team Lead when required & participate in all shifts.

The successful candidate will have experience in, and a thorough understanding of, the requirements to meet Certificate of Competency for HCPC Registration and the IBMS Registration and Specialist Portfolios. You will have a thorough understanding of thetrainingrequirements for all laboratory staff.

You willleadon the development of competency assessments for all grades of staff to meet the standards of ISO 15189:2012/2022 accreditation. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for encouraging staff development. The successful candidate will be giventrainingsupport where required.

There is a full 24/7 hour acute/urgent service at Watford and a Monday to Friday non urgent service provided at the Hemel Hempstead site. The successful candidate is expected to act as a Band 7 Team Lead when required but will be allocated approximately 60% of their time in the Training Lead role. On-Call participation is a requirement of the role.

The department is accredited to ISO 15189:2012 UKAS assessment. This role requires working closely with the current Team Leads, Operation Managers, Quality management staff, Blood Science Manager and Clinical staff.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications:


  • Relevant Degree HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist
  • Fellowship of IBMS, MSc or equivalent
  • Participation in a CPD Scheme
  • IBMS Training Management Qualification or equivalent experience



  • Exemplary working knowledge of Haematology
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems including use of software e.g. Q-Pulse / Lab Passport
  • Knowledge of audit, Root Cause Analysis and CAPA



  • Significant post HCPC Registered experience commensurate with grade. Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Independent problem Solving / trouble shooting skills
  • IT and Data analysis including audit

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Cross Site

Watford and Hemel Hemsptead

WD18 0HB

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