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Infection Sciences
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Dependant on experience commitment to weekend working, on call and early/late shifts)
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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Cumberland Infirmary
£40,057 - £45,839 pro rata per annum
Salary period
17/08/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Infection Sciences Support Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

Job overview

Infection Sciences Support Manager, Band 7, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

The Virology, Immunology and Microbiology departments that make up Infection Sciences have received significant investment in recent years and is looking to further develop our test repertoire using the new platforms that are now available. We have a small, enthusiastic and friendly team with a good reputation who are a key part of acute service provision within North Cumbria. This busy department services internal and external customers and requires individuals to often work under pressure with accuracy.

Applications are invited from HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientists for the post of Infection Sciences Support Manager.

Manage the day-to-day operation, quality, efficiency and scientific provision in Infection Sciences including quality management, I.T. applications, training and health & safety (H&S). Deputise for the immunology, microbiology and virology team managers in their absence.

Dependant on experience there may be a commitment to weekend working, on call and early/late shifts

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post include responsibilities for:

Clinical -

  • Perform analytical, interpretive judgements on results, ensuring staff and service development for best practice at all levels.
  • As lead practitioner, resolve staff problems in clinical judgements and analytical results / techniques.

Management -

  • Lead/manage staff within the infection science laboratory and associated support services, ensuring appropriate staff structures, policies, practices and competences are in place.
  • Performance manage staff through appraisal and development
  • Maintain Quality Assurance schemes for Infection Sciences
  • Act as departmental quality manager

Administration -

  • Maintain a QMS to ensure continual compliance with accreditation and regulatory bodies

Education -

  • Manage training requirements for all staff in Infection Sciences, undertaking the role of training supervisor, acting as lead for planning and monitoring. 

Working for our organisation

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We’re responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of ‘safe, high quality care every time’.

  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts.  Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro – Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock – Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability





Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc in biomedical science or equivalent.
  • HPC registration
  • MSc in healthcare science or equivalent.
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate certificate in quality management or equivalent
  • Health and safety certificate or equivalent Foundation management certificate or equivalent
  • “Train the trainer” certificate of equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Working practices in infection sciences disciplines.
  • Staff supervision within an NHS laboratory.
  • Use of information systems at a system applications level or higher.
  • Quality management systems
  • Health & Safety procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Audit experience
  • QMS software Collation and presentation of information
  • Completion of Certificate of Competence/ Specialist portfolio with external assessment
  • Delivering training including to non-lab staff


Essential criteria
  • CPD, UKAS, Specialism
  • Training requirements in UK clinical laboratories.
  • Trust and department H&S procedures.
  • POCT technology & regulations
Desirable criteria
  • Equality impact assessment.
  • ISO 15189 standards.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of technical competence
  • Evidence of team work
  • Leadership skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
Desirable criteria
  • IT skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerFair Train Silver StandardStep into healthBetter Health - Silver

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gail Wager
Job title
Infection Sciences Operational Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01228 814333
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