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Job summary

Main area
Pathology
Grade
Band 4
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Must take part in 24/7 shift system)
Job ref
379-4415177-AUG22
Employer
379 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Town
Brighton
Salary
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
18/08/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Blood Sciences Senior Medical Laboratory Assistant

Band 4

 About our Trust

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation with patient care at our core. Our hard-working, talented and dedicated people work together towards a common goal – to always put our Patient First.  In fact our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex. In the meantime make sure to check out our Patient First approach that runs through our core as you’ll get to know us better through this, our equality, diversity and inclusion pages which show just why being inclusive is so important to us and how our staff networks help drive change, and our staff wellbeing page that details the many ways in which we invest in your wellbeing.

Job overview

The Blood Sciences Department includes Routine Haematology, Hameostasis, Blood transfusion and Clinical Chemistry Automation. The prospective candidate will be required to rotate through each area to gain competency for the 24/7 shift within the department. 

This role is primarily aimed at overseeing and supporting Blood Sciences at PRH  with particular regards to stock acceptance and rotation, preparation and management of stored frozen samples, training of junior staff and ensuring the smooth running of Blood Transfusion, Haematology and Haemostasis at PRH

Main duties of the job

We require a Senior Medical Laboratory Assistant who will primarily oversee all sections at PRH and its Medical Laboratory Assistant functions; prioritising resources to effect a smooth transition of samples through the laboratory. This position would suit a Medical Laboratory Assistant who has experience of a clinical laboratory department and an understanding ISO 15189 and continual improvement

The successful applicant must be conscientious, enthusiastic and able to liaise confidently with colleagues within the department and beyond.

This post is full time and is based primarily at Princess Royal Hospital, but the successful applicant may be required to work at other sites within the Trust.

A bank role may be considered for candidates that are unsuccessful at interview.

Working for our organisation

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First.  Our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.  We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves. 

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Applications are invited from dynamic, motivated, reliable and organised candidates with  NHS laboratory experience, for a Blood Sciences Senior Medical Laboratory Assistant within the Blood Sciences laboratories within University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and at the Princess Royal Hospital in Hayward's Heath.

The post would suit careful and accurate individuals who would work under pressure helping to provide a service that is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the hospital and surrounding community.

The ability to communicate well is and exemplary organisational kills are essential. IT skills including data input skills are an integral part of the role; previous laboratory is highly desirable but not essential. There is a requirement to work nights to support the 24/7 laboratory out of hours service.

Major investment is ongoing within the Trust and with the building of the Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary care centre over the next few years, which will reinforce the Trust as a  key player in South East England. The Trust is also engaged actively developing  regional networks.

Duties & Responsibilities include:

Scientific & analytical

  • Follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all times
  • Undertakes routine Daily, weekly, monthly and as necessary maintenance and troubleshooting on analysers throughout the laboratory to ensure correct functioning
  • Undertakes complex haematological analysis on samples by using either manual or automated techniques
  • Checks all samples before processing for identification, status and suitability for diagnostic investigations.
  • Performs complex haematological analysis on quality control samples to ensure accuracy and precision is being maintained
  • Performs calibrations processes on highly complex and intricate analysers to ensure quality of patient data obtained by subsequent analysis.
  • Performs complex haematological analysis on external quality assurance samples sent to the laboratory and then return the completed results, after clearance by a senior member of staff, to the external requesting bodies.
  • Identify, centrifuge and aliquot samples into the appropriate containers, within the designated preparation area of the laboratory, ready for further investigation.
  • Prepares reagents, stock solutions and laboratory disinfectants as directed.
  • Receipts all reagents/stock received and performs batch acceptance where appropriate.
  • Trained to work in either a specific specialised section (static) or in more than one specific section of the department (rotational).
  • Required to enter demographic and test request data onto Laboratory Information Management System when required.
  • Places routine stock replacement orders. Demonstrates an understanding of special requirements and urgency.
  • Ensure all blood storage facilities are regularly monitored and any deviations communicated to senior staff.

Person specification

Qualifications and experience

Essential criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent
  • Evidence of relevant NHS laboratory experience
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of relevant supervisory experience
  • Experience working in a role with conflicting priorities.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Julie Cole
Job title
Clinical & Laboratory Lead - Blood Transfusion
Email address
julie.cole8@nhs.net
Telephone number
01273 664991
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