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Senior Clinical Scientist

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for an enthusiastic band 7 Clinical Biochemist to join our large team of Clinical Scientists within Blood Sciences at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, part of Liverpool University Hospitals Trust. The successful postholder will also join the team in providing a clinical service for the Biochemistry department at Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust, an established model of collaborative service delivery within the Cheshire & Merseyside Pathology Network.

The role will enable your continued development as a Clinical Scientist, with opportunities to gain experience in the core automated and specialist laboratories within Biochemistry, including LC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, and QTOF-MS. There will also be ample opportunities to be involved in network-wide projects as we have an ambitious transformation programme to deliver, including a new LIMS and unified primary care order communications system.

The post is suitable for registered Clinical Scientists or those who will complete their STP training by September 2024.

Main duties of the job

To participate in on-site clinical authorisation at LCL (Liverpool) and WHH (Warrington).

To develop an area of specialised knowledge and take responsibility for provision of teaching, scientific and clinical services in that area, towards acting as an expert in that field.

To pursue further training and personal study towards higher level post-graduate vocational qualification, typically Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists.

To aid in the development of new assays and patient pathways in conjunction with operational and clinical teams.

To support in the implementation of the Quality Management System.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Sarah Curtis (Consultant Clinical Scientist) on 0151 706 4163 or e-mail

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


1. To provide all Consultants and junior medical staff, in this and other Trusts and General Practitioners within Liverpool, with a timely, highly specialist, clinical,technical and scientific service. This requires judgemental skills of a complexnature, to assist in the investigation, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and understanding of disease, in individual patients. This may includerecommendation for further action such as change of treatment or referral andfrequently requires urgent advice regarding the management of patients.

2. To participate in the duty biochemist rotas assuming independent responsibility on such occasions for the clinical authorisation and issue of reports.

3. To undertake the timely clinical authorisation and reporting of clinical

biochemistry test results to clinical staff, frequently requiring urgent interpretationand advice regarding the clinical management of patients, using verbal and/orwritten communication.

4. To offer specialist scientific and clinical advice concerning patient investigationsand clinical biochemistry results, in highly complex cases when appropriate, using verbal and/or written communication.

5. To present complex, sensitive or contentious clinical or scientific information tomedical and nursing staff and managers within the Trust and other Trusts orGPs when appropriate, using professional knowledge and experience.

6. To give appropriate help and advice to patients when required, concerningsample requirements, testing guidelines etc.

7. To liaise with clinical laboratories from other Trusts, during the working day or out of hours including weekends, concerning the analysis of urgent blood tests notoffered at this hospital. This may involve assessment of the validity of the request and liaison with the Consultant Clinician at this hospital and the ConsultantPathologist at the referral laboratory, involving organising collection and transport of the urgent sample and effective communication and interpretation of the resultobtained.

Scientific and Technical

1. To have responsibilities within the automated and general chemistry sections,including the ability to perform novel and/or complex assays within the section,and specifically to implement, maintain and monitor quality assuranceprocedures (internal monitoring and external assessment) and take correctiveaction where the need is identified to ensure accurate and precise patientresults.

2. To be involved in the evaluation and implementation of new analytical

methodology, tests and developments by means of (technical) clinical and

scientific assessments of method and instrument performances, particularly inthe automated section.

3. To assist with the development and introduction of new analytical services(techniques) and operational procedures within the department, particularlytaking a lead in the creation, review and implementation of Standard OperatingProcedures controlling these activities.

4. To have a shared responsibility, along with other senior clinical scientists, for theanalysis, interpretation and reporting of assays involving electrophoretictechniques.

5. To ensure that the standards required by UKAS for continued accreditation are met.

6. To liaise with the IT Manager in the collection and dissemination of appropriatedata.

7. To deal with blood, urine, faecal, CSF and other pathological specimens foranalytical purposes, contained and uncontained, when necessary. This mayrequire the use of hazardous chemicals and contact with contaminatedequipment.


1. To participate in the scientific meetings of the department, including suggesting policy/organisational changes and improvements.

2. To participate in meetings of the departmental Quality Group and Audit andClinical Governance Group, reporting back to the clinical scientists and QualityManager and contributing suggestions for policy/organisational changes andimprovements.

3. To implement contingency plans during disruptions to service provision and tocommunicate this to users in an effective manner. This may occur during theworking day, or out of hours including weekends.

Research, Development and Audit

1. To initiate, undertake and collaborate in funded research and development in the field of Clinical Biochemistry and to advise on research projects undertaken byclinical, laboratory and other staff

2. To perform and present audit, research and development work carried out in thedepartment at local and national meetings and to publish in appropriateacademic journals, requiring the presentation of highly complex scientific,medical and technical information. This may involve collaboration with clinicaland scientific colleagues from other directorates within this and other Trusts.

3. To have a responsibility for the introduction and performance of novel and/orcomplex assays.

Education and Training

1. To provide supervision and mentoring for Trainee Biochemists,

regarding service provision/ development and research design.

2. To participate in the weekly Intra-departmental training and educational seminarprogramme, involving clinical case discussions and scientific presentations.

3. To participate in staff training programmes to develop the skills and experienceof departmental staff.

4. To contribute to the training and education of nursing and medical staff, visitingcolleagues and other professionals in all relevant areas of Clinical Biochemistryservices provided.


1. To maintain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge for a range of appropriate work procedures and practices, necessary to perform and interpret specialised biochemistry procedures in a highly specialised laboratory associated with a large teaching hospital, with a large analytical workload (> 7 million tests per year) and with a tertiary referral role.

2. To develop an interest and expertise, particularly in the fields of cardiac biomarkers, cardiac pathophysiology, endocrinology, statistical methods

3. To remain professionally aware of current practice and developments in Clinical Biochemistry and to attend local and national scientific and medical meetings in pursuance of this.

4. To work towards attainment of the status of Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath).

5. To maintain membership of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purposes of state registration and to ensure that minimum mandatory requirements are met.

6. To maintain an appropriate awareness of the relevant organisation policies and Health & Safety guidelines, for dealing with potentially infectious materials, hazardous chemicals, COSHH regulations, risk assessments and hazard data sheets.

7. To ensure confidentiality of information is maintained at all times, complying with the Caldicott Regulations and General Data Protection Act.

8. To maintain competence in the use of the laboratory IT systems (Telepath, ICE) and in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentations and appropriate statistical packages, to enable the performance of routine duties, teaching and the undertaking and presentation of audit, research and development data to medical, nursing, and laboratory staff and managers.


1. To perform other appropriate duties deemed necessary by the Clinical Director after due consultation.

Person Specification



  • Masters Degree in Clinical Biochemistry or equivalent within speciality of clinical biochemistry
  • Registration as a clinical scientist with Health Professions Council (HCPC) or working towards registration under appropriate supervision
  • To have completed a formal post graduate training programme approved as appropriate for registration,


  • Relevant PhD



  • Demonstrable supervised in-service experience. or to have undertaken alternative training and supervised in-service substantial experience, as appropriate for registration.


  • To have undertaken training and gained experience in a specific sub- speciality.



  • Scientific: To have a good knowledge of human biochemistry and chemistry, including metabolic processes, physiology and pharmacology.
  • To have a good knowledge of analytical methods, quality assurance and problem solving.
  • Fully conversant with COSHH regulations and their application to laboratories.
  • Medical : To have a good basic knowledge of metabolic medicine including inherited disorders, endocrinology and disease states.
  • Managerial: To have a basic knowledge of managerial procedures in general.


  • To have detailed knowledge of a specific speciality within medicine.



  • Scientific: : To have developed analytical (technical) skills in general areas.
  • To have developed ability to deduce probability from a range of opinions.
  • Able to conduct research and development activities.
  • Developing a clinical awareness beyond the context of own speciality.
  • Clinical: Able to advise medical and nursing staff on investigations and interpretations of biochemical and metabolic processes (where necessary with back up from more senior staff)
  • Able to advise on aspects of service provision and development.
  • Able to recognise patterns of abnormality and relate them to clinical situations and assess differential diagnoses.
  • Management & Communication: Able to use and manipulate lab computer system and standard software packages.
  • Able to provide leadership to a small team within the department as delegated.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Able to prepare and present scientific and clinical information at meetings or as part of a teaching commitment.
  • Able to challenge with confidence established scientific and clinical views using reasoned argument, personal knowledge and research findings.
  • Able to organise and manage complex activities.
  • Physical Skills and Mental Effort: Good hand eye co-ordination for fine manipulation of delicate instrumentation.
  • Able to maintain intense concentration on important tasks despite frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to work extended duties, as singlehanded practitioner (with Consultant support for clinical advice) , on weekdays and weekends as a rostered duty


  • Able to initiate and co-ordinate R & D activities.
  • Able to conduct Audit of services.



  • Able to maintain self-control in difficult and challenging situations.

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Clinical Laboratories


L7 8YE

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