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Consultant Clinical Scientist H&I

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an aspiring leader to take their career to the next level. Applications are invited for an experienced, suitably qualified HCPC registered Consultant Clinical Scientist, with full FRCPath and at least 5 years' experience post HCPC registration.

The successful candidate will be a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Band 8C in Infection & Immunity- Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H& I), with a particular interest in Clinical Informatics and Clinical Effectiveness.

You will drive innovative method development and quality improvement projects in clinical informatics and clinical effectiveness. You will have a proven track record of driving major changes to service provision. The clinical team now focus on the real added value of clinical service provided in H& I, collaborating with multidisciplinary internal and external stakeholders, leading on the translation of clinical requirements, and delivering on these requirements within the laboratory utilising digital and technological advances. Ensuring clinical adoption and engagement in use of technology. innovative method development in specialist tests but also in Quality Improvement projects in clinical informatics and analytical processes.

Main duties of the job

Provision of analytical, interpretive, and advisory services within the department of H& I for this Trust and CCG/Agencies within Liverpool and other Trusts within the UK, assisting diagnosis, treatment and clinical management of patients, with additional responsibilities for teaching, research and development and training of clinical scientists.

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
  • Assist in providing strong and effective leadership and Direction to all teams and individuals within the Department of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics

  • 2. To be responsible for the performance, monitoring and evaluation of a broad range of complex activities within the sections of the department, particularly service delivery and acceptable turnaround times.

    3. To be jointly responsible for monitoring and maintaining the quality of patient results produced. Jointly responsible for maintaining the UKAS and EFI accreditation of the Laboratory and support the standards therein.

    4. To initiate and evaluate new techniques and methods, suitable for routine use. Assist in policy setting, development and implementation in the department.

    5. To provide medical staff with a clinical technical and scientific service.

    6. To participate in the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics consultant clinical scientist rota, providing clinical interpretive and advisory services.

    7. To initiate, design and execute funded research and development projects and support clinical trials.

    8. To be involved in the training of regionally funded HST (Higher Specialist Oct 2019 Trainees) and trainee clinical scientists within the department.

    9. To actively seek external funding to facilitate departmental research and collaborative work with other centres both national and international.

    10. To maintain links with industry through development of patentable products in conjunction with NHS Innovations.

    11. To actively support the continuing education of all Directorate staff groups.

    12. Assist in effective workforce planning and role development in line with service need and local and national trends.


    1 To provide all Consultants and junior medical staff, in this, other Trusts and Merseyside, North Wales, Chester and 12 dialysis centres, with a timely, highly specialist, clinical scientific and technical service. This requires judgemental skills of a complex nature, to assist in the investigation, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and understanding of disease, in individual patients. This may include recommendation for further action such as change of treatment or referral and frequently requires urgent advice regarding the management of patients.

    2 To participate in the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics consultant clinical scientist rota, assuming independent responsibility on such occasions for the clinical authorisation and issue of reports.

    3 To present complex, sensitive or contentious clinical or scientific information to medical and nursing staff and managers within the Trust and other Trusts or PCTs when appropriate, using professional knowledge and experience.

    4 To undertake the timely clinical authorisation and reporting of patient clinical test results to clinical staff, frequently requiring urgent interpretation and advice regarding the clinical management of patients, using verbal and/or written communication.

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

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

    7 To authorise specimen referral to specialist laboratories for assays not performed within our laboratory, involving technical and clinical discussion with the reference laboratory, when required as per business continuity plan.

    8 To deal with pathological specimens for analytical purposes, contained and uncontained, when necessary. This may require the use of hazardous chemicals and contact with contaminated equipment. Ensuring these samples are recorded and stored appropriately.

    9 To deal with requests by HM Coroner for release of patient samples.

    Scientific and Technical

    1. To be responsible for the performance, monitoring and evaluation of a broad range of complex activities, including service delivery of analysis within the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics department, ensuring acceptable turnaround times are achieved.

    2. To chair the performance review meetings covering quality control procedures and external quality assurance schemes, for the analyses performed in the above sections. Ensuring that these schemes are adequately managed, to produce accurate and precise patient results and acting immediately on complex problems to ensure optimal operational performance.

    3. To be responsible for the initiation, organisation, reporting, interpretation and data storage of external quality assurance schemes making technical and scientific assessments of method and instrument performance.

    4. To provide specialist advice concerning the introduction and development of new techniques within the department and to participate in the creation, review and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures and authorisation for use within the department.

    5. To establish guidelines and policies concerning Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics services and monitor their implementation within the department and Trust when appropriate. 6. To be responsible for authorisation of analytical standard operating procedures and protocols within the department.

    7. To advise and decide on the selection and purchase of analytical equipment.

    8. To be responsible for the evaluation and implementation of new analytical methodology, tests and developments by means of (technical) clinical and scientific assessments of method and instrument performances.

    9. To liaise with the IT Manager for the purposes of collection and dissemination of appropriate data.

    10 To liaise with the NHS innovations and TRUSTECH on the development of intellectual property and patentable opportunities to both local and international industrial organisations 11. To participate in meetings and research and audit activities.

    12. To participate in meetings nationally for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.

    13. To write and publish scientific papers on work of a clinical nature ie case presentation and of any research carried out.


    1. To assist the clinical colleagues with the responsibility for dealing with matters of a managerial and professional nature, relating to clinical scientists within Oct 2019 the department, (currently 2 Consultant clinical scientist and 2 clinical scientists).

    2. To chair the meetings of the histocompatibility and Immunogenetics laboratory in partnership with the service lead. Meeting composed of clinical and biomedical scientists, involving policy/organisational changes and improvements.

    3. To represent the clinical scientists at the departmental meetings of the Directorate, chaired by the Clinical Director and providing an executive lead for the department.

    4. To facilitate the introduction of programmes to achieve strategic changes and improvements in delivery and range of service.

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

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

    7. Demonstrate emotional resilience in a wide variety of circumstances.

    Research, Development and Audit

    1. To initiate, undertake and collaborate in funded research, development and audit and support clinical trials, in the field of Histocompatibility and immunogenetics.

    2. To seek and obtain funding for research and development projects carried out in the department, at a local and national level. To advise on research projects undertaken by clinical, laboratory and other staff.

    3. To perform and present audit, research and development work carried out in the department at local, national and international meetings and to publish in appropriate academic journals, requiring the presentation of highly scientific, medical and technical information. This may involve collaboration with clinical and scientific colleagues from other Directorates within this and other Trusts.

    4. To be responsible for the introduction and performance of novel and/or complex assays.

    5. To develop an interest and expertise, particularly in new techniques in the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics. Being innovative and keeping pace with changes, leading the department to be early adopters.

    6 To maintain strong links with industry in the development of new diagnostics.

    7. To prepare and present research ethics applications.

    8. To organise and run lectures for students, medical staff, technical staff internally and within the region. To participate in the teaching of Liverpool John Moores students.

    9. To supervise trainee MSc research projects.

    10. To supervise postgraduate research projects up to PhD and MPhil standards, through the higher education.

    Education and Training

    1. To assist in the training of Regionally funded HST (Higher Specialist Trainees) and trainee clinical scientists within the department.

    2. To assist in the training of clinical scientists within the department.

    3. To assist and participate in professional development programmes for clinical scientists within the department.

    4. To assist and participate in staff training programmes to develop the skills and experience of Departmental staff.

    5. To actively support the continuing education of all Directorate staff groups, particularly through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD)- approved, weekly, departmental seminars.

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

    Person Specification



    • First Degree or assessed equivalent level of knowledge and expertise.
    • Masters Degree or assessed equivalent level of knowledge and expertise in the speciality of clinical biochemistry.
    • Full Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (MRCPath/FRCPath) as required for Medical Consultant Posts with Pathology or externally assessed as equivalent OR relevant PhD
    • Registered as a clinical scientist with HCPC


    • Both MRCPath and PhD



    • Demonstration of appropriate Continuing Professional Development.
    • Demonstrable experience as a Registered Clinical Scientist with significant experience at advanced practitioner level.
    • To have developed an expertise in one or more specialised analytical or clinical areas.
    • To have attained a good record of achievement in research, development and audit activities, through presentations at national or international conferences and publication in peer reviewed journals


    • To have attained status as a national or international expert or adviser



    • To have a good knowledge of human biochemistry and chemistry including metabolic processes, physiology, pharmacology and drug interference.
    • To have a good basic knowledge in other areas of Pathology.
    • To have an extensive knowledge of routine and specialised analytical met
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