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Scientist Section Manager POCT/Phlebotomy

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Per anum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will manage the technical service of POCT and phlebotomy sections and will take a lead role in the implementation of new equipment / techniques as directed. The post holder is required to be able to supervise a wide range of technical procedures, including complex specialist diagnostic tests, in the section they are currently managing. They will also have in depth knowledge of the science behind those procedures in order to be able to train / educate and problem solve. The post holder will be expected to undertake departmental managerial duties as delegated by the Directorate Manager. The post holder will take department wide responsibility for a major aspect of service delivery. The post holder will be a key member of the Directorate Quality Management Team.

***Please ensure you apply as soon as possible as the vacancy may be closed earlier if a high number of applications are received***

Main duties of the job

Knowledge & Personal Development

1.1 To have supplemented degree level qualifications by having achieved

knowledge and skills to Masters degree level.

1.2 To maintain specialist technical and analytical knowledge by participating in


1.3 To maintain State Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)

1.4 To conform to the HCPC Code of Conduct for Biomedical Scientists.

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1.5 To ensure compliance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures

(SOPs) which reflect local and national standards of work practice eg Clinical

Pathology Accreditation Standards (CPA).

1.6 To utilise the developed knowledge and expertise necessary to manage and

perform specialised procedures through the highly specialised laboratory

sections associated with a teaching hospital tertiary referral role.

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

Advice, Guidance and Interpersonal

2.1 To deal sympathetically during liaison with colleagues, other healthcare

professionals and staff from external organisations.

2.2 To use empathy and understanding to ensure that technical, clinical and

linguistic barriers to understanding are overcome.

2.3 To explain to service users departmental policies relating to contentious

issues, that conflict with laboratory service targets.

2.4 To report results to clinicians and other service users in accordance with


2.5 To explain technical issues relating to results to clinicians and other service


2.6 To provide advice to clinicians and other service users regarding appropriate

testing protocols e.g. timing of samples for Paracetamol analysis.

2.7 To provide advice to clinicians and other service users regarding specimen

types, timing of collection of specimen and turnaround times.

2.8 To evaluate and ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of a conflict of

priorities relating to concurrent demands placed upon the service.

2.9 To respond to requests for assistance from other trusts that have experienced

equipment failure with a positive and helpful approach.

2.10 To advise, organise and motivate those students, MLAs and Biomedical

Scientists working in the section

2.11 To use developed knowledge and skills to provide specialist advice and

guidance to users.

Scientific & Technical

3.1 To assess the suitability and appropriateness of samples submitted to the

laboratory and to take remedial action when required.

3.2 To analyse specimens for screening, diagnostic and clinical management of

patients using complex, specialised and very expensive equipment.

3.3 To interpret technical validity of results, which may be anomalous, incomplete,

complex or conflicting, using professional knowledge and experience.

3.4 To make technical assessments of method and instrument performance by

monitoring quality control used on specialist laboratory methods and

analytical systems.

3.5 To troubleshoot, repair and carry out maintenance on specialist equipment.

Arrange preventative maintenance visits with suppliers consistent with the

operational demands of the service.

3.6 To authorise, and when necessary, make, fine adjustments to methods and

analytical systems to ensure specialist equipment is kept in optimal

operational condition.

3.7 To resolve problems relating to breakdown/unavailability of analytical

systems. Liaise with service engineers as appropriate.

3.8 To evaluate, formulate and authorise implementation of alternative analytical

methods and strategies in the event of technical failure.

3.9 Initiate regular reviews of outstanding work to ensure satisfactory/timely

completion and validation of the work of the section. Take appropriate action

in the light of these reviews.

3.10 To ensure correct technical validation of results to allow Clinical Scientists

and/or Medical Staff to provide appropriate medical intervention.

3.11 To ensure prompt referral of results that exceed action limits to duty

biochemist and clinical staff.

3.12 To continually evaluate the quality of the work produced by the staff within the


3.12 To interpret clinical request forms to plan and prioritise workload according to

clinical urgency and to liaise with medical staff, if required.

Managerial & Supervisory

4.1 The post holder will be the senior person on site for significant periods and

will be responsible for all departmental activity during these periods.

4.2 In the event of major system failure(s), evaluate service requirements.

Provide appropriate support, advice, guidance and authority to deviate from

standard practices to staff outside of normal working hours.

4.4 Take a lead role in the following department wide responsibilities:-

a) On going evaluation and management of systems / procedures for the

collection / collation / presentation of internal quality control data and

external quality assurance reports.

b) On going evaluation and management of systems / procedures to enable

efficient and effective stock control.

c) On going evaluation and management of pre and post analytical systems

/procedures to enable efficient workflow through the department and

effective storage systems compliant with current legislation.

4.5 To be responsible for the creation, evaluation and implementation of Standard

Operating Procedures pertaining to the section(s) managed.

4.6 Actively participate in the review and implementation of Departmental


4.7 Ensure that support staff, trainee Biomedical Scientists, Trainee Clinical

Scientists and Medical staff working in the section are suitably managed and


4.8 To continually evaluate the general standards of performance of the section

and recommend changes as necessary.

4.9 To implement changes within the section as directed by the Operational

Manager recognising the impact that these changes may have on other


4.10 To plan the day-to-day activities of the staff working in the section.

4.11 Participate in the recruitment and selection of new staff.

4.12 To appropriately deal with complaints and suggestions from staff within the


4.13 To undertake induction of staff entering the section.

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4.14 Undertake staff performance reviews and contribute to personal development


4.15 To actively contribute to the planning of section developments.

4.16 Support the Operational Manager in the collection and collation of statistical


4.17 To assist the Service Manager in monitoring expenditure against the

departmental budget, and to attend budget review meetings

4.18 To deputise for the Operational Manager as required


5.1 To monitor consumables and reagents. Ensuring that appropriate

documentation is maintained and stock rotation is undertaken.

5.2 To provide specialised items or supplies from the department, which have

been requested by clients, to perform specific investigations.

5.3 To be responsible for the maintaining appropriate stock levels of

consumables, equipment and reagents and to initiate re-ordering as required.

5.4 To maintain a detailed knowledge of the laboratory IT systems and take

corrective action in the event of failure.

5.5 To accurately enter patient information and tests requested into the TelePath

laboratory computer system.

5.6 To arrange or specimen transportation between places of analysis.

5.7 To ensure that the resources of the section(s) are utilised to maximise

efficiency and effectiveness.

Research and Development

6.1 To participate in the development and evaluation of new techniques,

methodologies and equipment and make recommendations based on


6.2 To take a regular and active role in analysing samples for research and

clinical trials.

6.3 To propose in service audits as and when required.

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6.4 Extraction and analysis of raw analytical data.

6.5 To produce reports related to research and development activity as required.

6.6 Co-ordinate with project leads the requirements for sample type, transport

and storage etc.

Health & Safety

7.1 To ensure that procedures for working with hazardous chemicals, awareness

of COSHH regulations, risk assessments and hazard data sheets are

available for all section procedures.

7.2 To ensure that section staff are aware of procedures for dealing with

potentially infectious materials and Trust and Departmental health and safety


7.3 To ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken in the event of spillage of

hazardous chemicals or bio-hazardous materials.

7.4 To ensure security of the premises as and when required.

7.5 All employees have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid injury to

themselves or to others and to co-operate with the Trust in meeting its

statutory requirements.

7.6 To ensure that staff within the section comply with departmental health and

safety procedures.

7.7 Work safely with hazardous body fluids and chemicals eg. Solvents, strong

acids / bases, poisonous / toxic chemicals.

Clinical Governance / Quality

8.1 To assist other members of the directorate quality team in ensuring that the

section of the laboratory complies with all relevant quality standards

8.2 To ensure quality incidents and other non conformances in the section are

recorded, investigated and reported in a timely manner, and to lead these

investigations where appropriate.

8.3 To ensure any remedial actions arising from such investigations are taken,

and that all relevant staff are made aware of these actions.

8.4 To ensure quality audits of all types are performed in a timely manner, and

reported appropriately.

8.5 To prepare reports for directorate meetings as required.

Education and training development

To contribute to the training and supervision of support staff, trainee Biomedical

Scientists, Trainee Clinical Scientists and Medical staff.

Person Specification



  • Bachelor of Science degree
  • Health Professions Council Registration
  • MSc or FIBMS qualification or equivalent
  • Must maintain a professional development portfolio


  • A formal management qualification



  • Extensive clinical, and in depth technical experience of the areas managed and all the methodologies, analytical instrumentation and operational procedures appertaining to that laboratory
  • Significant post registration experience.
  • Proven managerial experience.

Skills and abilities


  • Effective communication skills.
  • Good management skills.
  • Able to exercise judgement based on knowledge and experience.
  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex problems.
  • The highest level of technical ability enabling resolution of difficult and multi-factorial instrument/analytical problems.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills


  • Ability to design and implement training programmes for Medical Laboratory Assistants, Biomedical Scientists and contribute to training of Clinical Scientists and junior Medical Staff.
  • Ability to evaluate methodologies using sound scientific principles.
  • Ability to assist with Directorate strategic policy formulation



  • Computer literate, and able to use Office applications to a satisfactory level of competence
  • In depth knowledge of complex instrumentation, subject or speciality obtained
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