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Medical Secretary in Forensic Toxicology

Job Reference: 358-1967673-CSI

University Hospitals of Leicester
Special Chemistry Laboratory
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£18,813 - £20,795

A vacancy has arisen providing an exciting opportunity to work in the Forensic Toxicology section of the Special Chemistry Laboratory within the Blood Sciences Department of University Hospitals Leicester (UHL).

The post holders’ main role will be to assist the Forensic Laboratory Administrator in the delivery of a comprehensive administrative and secretarial service to the Forensic Toxicology team ensuring that all clinical and toxicological correspondence meets quality and performance targets. The post will provide support and guidance to users including HM Coroners, Consultant Pathologists and Home Office Pathologists and others making contact with the service such as the Police and members of the public.

The post holder will also occasionally be required to work alongside the Biomedical Assistants in the laboratory to receive and process samples.

The post holder will be an active member of the team within Blood Sciences, working with biomedical scientists, medical staff, Associate Practitioners and other biomedical assistants (BMA) in a flexible manner to support the delivery of the service

The duties are varied and will include the administrative and secretarial requirements of a busy Pathology department including the typing of Toxicology reports and occasional laboratory duties including the receipt of samples collected at post mortem prior to analysis and inputting of data from request forms onto the laboratory information systems.

The successful candidate will have excellent typing, English language and grammar skills as well as experience of working in a medical office/clerical environment and will be prepared to work in a clinical laboratory. Experience of pathology terminology and pathology/healthcare IT systems is desirable but not essential as full training in these specialist skills will be given.

You will be a well-motivated team member who is able to prioritise and work on your own initiative with minimal supervision. You must be able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, a flexible approach in line with the Trust agenda of service reconfiguration and be capable of working accurately and efficiently under pressure.

There may be a requirement to work at any of the UHL sites, any time over a 24/7 period however your main base will initially be the Leicester Royal Infirmary with core hours 09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday.

Please note that the post holder will be exposed to distressing or emotional circumstances (i.e. recording patient histories, typing post mortem toxicology reports, taking notes regarding post mortem cases) and will be required to handle samples of an unpleasant nature collected at post mortem including tissue and stomach contents.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Teresa Hincks (Forensic Administrator) on telephone (0116) 258 5772 or Finlay Hollingworth (Deputy Service Manager), on telephone (0116) 258 6574. Visits to the department are welcomed.

We will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

Preference will be given in the first instance to existing NHS employees within the East Midlands healthcare community who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. Such employees within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be considered first.”

Important Information

Applications will be transferred to TRAC system, by completing an application you are giving authorisation for the transfer of your data.

Correspondence regarding your application will be sent to you by email via a TRAC system account.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible.

Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) .

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed, if a suitably EU/EEA candidate is successful it is unlikely that the Trust is able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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