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Clinical Embryologist

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa pro rata incl. HCAS outer
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
At Beginnings Assisted Conception Unit, we're a small, welcoming team of experienced fertility professionals. We share the same vision for exceptional patient care under the NHS.

We're looking for a part-time (2 days/week) dedicated state registered Clinical Embryologist to help us deliver excellent care, eventually contributing to our growing PGT-A service and with the opportunity to be involved in research projects and training of STP and other staff members.

Our HFEA-licensed state-of-the-art clinic at St Helier Hospital has a dedicated staff car park and is close to local transport links. Join us at Beginnings ACU and be a part of our mission to make dreams of parenthood a reality.

Main duties of the job

  • Perform all aspects of embryology laboratory work
  • Participate in the daily clinical and administrative activities within the Embryology laboratory and office
  • Maintain accurate laboratory records and submit HFEA PRISM forms via MediTEX
  • Assist with audits within the unit as required
  • Maintenance and cleaning of the IVF laboratory
  • Supervision of junior team members where appropriate
  • Participate in the weekend (~1 in 4) and on-call rota as required
  • Oocyte retrievals
  • Sperm preparation for treatment
  • Insemination and fertilisation checks
  • ICSI
  • Embryo grading, selection and transfer
  • Oocyte and embryo cryopreservation and thawing/warming
  • Embryoscope annotation
  • Embryo biopsy for PGT-A
  • Deliver the highest standards of patient care to all patients

  • Knowledge of all technical aspects of Clinical Embryology
  • Knowledge of the day to day running of an Embryology laboratory
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements of providing an Assisted Conception Service (HFEA code of practice)
  • Be aware of health and safety and COSHH legislation

  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise workload
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good communicator
  • IT
  • Understanding and empathy

  • Life Sciences degree (Essential)
  • State Registered as Clinical Embryologist with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Essential)
  • ICSI practitioner (Essential)
  • Biopsy practitioner (Desirable)

About us

We offer an extensive range of services, including cancer, pathology, surgery, and gynaecology to 500,000 people in south west London and north east Surrey. We operate two busy general hospitals, Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital, and run services from other locations, including Sutton Hospital.

St Helier Hospital is home to the South West Thames Renal and Transplantation Unit and Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, while Epsom Hospital is home to the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC). Both Epsom and St Helier hospitals have Accident and Emergency departments (A& E) and Maternity services (Obstetrics).

We also play an active role in the local healthcare economy, and are the lead provider in two innovative health and care partnerships.

We have partnered with CSH Surrey, the three GP federations in the Surrey Downs area, and Surrey Council (who are an associate member), to provide adult community health services. This innovative partnership is called Surrey Downs Health and Care.

In Sutton, we have joined forces with the London Borough of Sutton, Sutton GP Services and South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust to provide adult and children's community health services and sexual health services to local people. Together, we are called Sutton Health and Care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • First or Second class Bachelor of Science Degree in life sciences (or an equivalent qualification) from a University which is acceptable to the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)


  • Relevant higher degree

Professional requirements


  • Certificate and/or Diploma in Clinical Embryology awarded by the Association of Clinical Embryologists and the Institute of Biology or STP qualification
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council


  • Experienced ICSI practitioner
  • Experienced as embryo biopsy practitioner



  • Awareness and understanding of current issues in assisted conception
  • Awareness of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990) and HFEA Code of practise

Previous experience


  • Experience within the field of assisted conception and reproductive medicine
  • Computer literate
  • Micromanipulation experience


  • Research experience



  • Able to accept responsibility for procedures within a working environment
  • Understanding of the importance of patient confidentiality


  • Able to accept responsibility for functions within a working environment

Team Work


  • Able to work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Previous experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Exceptional communication skills

Organisational Skills


  • Able to make efficient use of time and to complete workload and tasks
  • Able to prioritise tasks

Flexibility & Adaptability


  • To have a flexible approach to work (including out of normal hours)
  • Able to adapt to the changing needs of the unit



  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Problem solving skills-be able to respond to unexpected issues


  • Able to assess situations and suggest possible solutions in order to enhance the service
  • Experience in validation, verification and trouble shooting



  • Able to work with a high level of commitment to deliver the highest possible standard of service at all times

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


St Helier Hospital



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