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Consultant Clinical Scientist - Transfusion Microbiology (in Virology)

Job Reference: 918-RH2362

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Microbiology Services Laboratory
£56,665 to £69,168

Applications are invited to join NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) as a part of the Microbiology Services team as a Consultant Clinical Scientist specialising in transfusion microbiology. NHSBT provides blood components and organs for transplantation to the NHS as well as supplying tissues, haematopoietic stem cells for transplantation, therapeutic apheresis and immunohaematological diagnostics.

This vacancy is within the Microbiology Services Laboratory situated in the NHSBT Colindale centre. The laboratory undertakes a variety of microbiology screening and reference/specialist testing relating to donors and recipients of blood, tissues and organs for NHSBT and external establishments.

This position offers an opportunity to lead and provide theoretical and practical scientific expertise in the field of transfusion microbiology, specialising in virology and relevant parasitology (e.g. malaria), in particular those relating to transfusion transmitted infections.

The post holder will be required to contribute to the clinical laboratory service and provide expert advice to clinicians within NHSBT as well as performing, reporting and interpreting complex investigations. You will be required to keep abreast of developments in transfusion microbiology and take a lead in troubleshooting, initiating and performing scientific investigations to ensure and maintain product safety, assay performance and confirmatory testing systems. The post holder will play a significant role in the delivery of training and staff development within the laboratory and contribute to the teaching of transfusion microbiology. You will represent Microbiology Services and take an active part in relevant national NHSBT committees, working groups and other expert groups.

The laboratory works collaboratively with the Blood Borne Virus unit (BBVU) within Public Health England (PHE) situated in Colindale where a research and development programme is well established. The laboratory also works closely with the joint NHSBT/PHE Epidemiology unit to provide data on infections in donors and the monitoring of infectious agents which may have an impact on the supply of organs and donations.

Applicants should hold, or be working towards, Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) or have Registration on the Higher Specialist Scientist Register with the Academy for Healthcare Science (ACHS). Applicants must be a registered Clinical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council. An in-depth understanding of relevant policies, standards and guidelines e.g. Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS), MHRA and other relevant or statutory guidelines is essential to this role.

A visit to the laboratory is highly recommended. For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact: Sara Cleaver (PA to Jo Sell- National Testing Development Manager) on 0121 278 4206 alternatively by email to

This vacancy will close at midnight on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 with interviews held in London, date to be confirmed

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

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