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Specimen Reception Supervisor

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per Annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Liverpool Clinical Laboratories for a motivated individual to take up the role of Specimen reception supervisor, band 5 within the specimen reception team across LCL sites.

As a Specimen reception supervisor the post holder will work as part of a team and alongside Departmental managers in order to supervise the daily running of the Specimen reception based across LCL.

This will include first line management of staff and the day to day running of an exceptionally busy section of the laboratory. The successful candidate will be responsible for the oversight of receipt and testing of all samples received at LCL specimen receptions and effective running of the department including, but not limited too, supervision of staff to ensure effective workflow, first line HR management and rotas for a 24/7 working environment.

The successful candidate will ensure that the ongoing training programme is maintained and will be a key member in the implementation team for the ongoing transformational changes identified for specimen receptions across LCL.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have a positive approach to the role. They will be able to demonstrate resilience and leadership skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate key strengths in individual and team communication.

The successful applicant will have key relationships with clinical and technical teams.

If you believe that you have the knowledge, skills and approach that fits with our vision for specimen reception then we want to hear from you.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD & Person Specification for full details.

Main Purpose1. To monitor and respond to staffing levels in specimen reception.2. To have day to day involvement with reporting GP problem samples, including NHS database access to search for unknown patient location.3. Advise on developments within Specimen Reception4. To ensure efficient running of JPS specimen collection and delivery service of reports and consumables.5. Maintain stocks of consumables6. Place weekly orders with supplies dept. and other depts. to maintain stocks of GP forms, bottles, needles, swabs, media etc.7. Liase with hospital porters, external couriers, off-site locations, and others to maintain service and to monitor collection points on wards.8. To monitor and audit delivery times of MCS couriers and ISS porters.9. Maintain awareness of the users requirements.10. Accept responsibility for training of appropriate personnel11. Follow all health and safety protocols12. Maintain patient confidentiality.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent
  • NVQ 3 relevant discipline



  • Previous work experience in a clinical laboratory



  • Detailed understanding of laboratory health & safety issues
  • Knowledge of COSHH & Risk Assessments
  • Continuously update knowledge of clinical requests



  • Ability to work as part of a team, or individually and organise and prioritise own workload
  • Able to act as a team leader
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Able to follow and give written and spoken instructions
  • Ability to supervise others on a day to day basis
  • Ability to act off own initiative
  • Ability to liaise with service users
  • Able to perform stock control



  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Computer skills
  • o Good organisational skills

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Clinical Laboratories


L7 8YE

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