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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/04/2020.

Biomedical Scientist Section Leader

Job Reference: 297-1920-2526

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
297 CC Path Lab - NEQAS Cpt
£37,570 to £43,772 pa


Please note should your application be successful, we will contact you via the email address you have provided on your application form.


All references from current and previous employers will be sought and MUST cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Where possible this should be from two seperate employers. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

PLEASE NOTE it is a requirement of this Trust that all successful applicants pay for their DBS certificate if a check is required for the post. There are two methods of payment either directly through the online portal using a credit or debit card or through deduction from your monthly pay over a maximum of three months.

All new entrants to the NHS will be appointed on the minimum of the pay scale in line with Agenda For Change Terms & Conditions.



Technical Specialist


SALARY: £37,570 - £43,772 PER ANNUM (FULL TIME – 37.5 HOURS PER WEEK)

REF: 297-1920-2526

An exciting job opportunity has arisen within UK NEQAS CPT for a Technical Specialist. UK NEQAS Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT) is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of accredited external quality assessment (EQA) and proficiency testing programmes for all aspects of tissue diagnostics, for both clinical and non-clinical laboratories and organisations. UK NEQAS CPT and its specialist schemes are UKAS accredited proficiency testing provider No. 8268, operating to ISO/IEC 17043:2010(E) standards.

Tissue diagnostics is an extremely important element in the management of patients and therefore the role of EQA and proficiency testing is essential in order to provide assurance that a high standard of testing is achieved for all. Errors with tests can have catastrophic results so it is important for UK NEQAS CPT to ensure early detection of problems and provide education, help and support to our participants.

The post holder will follow an in-service certificated competency training programme and will be responsible for the day to day delivery of technical expertise within UK NEQAS CPT, performing a range of duties, including technical support and acting as deputy to the Scheme Manager, ensuring an efficient and professional service is provided.

The primary role of the post will be to design, implement, monitor and manage the specialist technical and educational services for UK NEQAS CPT, working unsupervised in collaboration with the Scheme Manager and Scheme Organiser, and ensuring compliance to ISO/IEC 17043:2010 (E).

A key function will be to extract, manipulate and statistically analyse data produced by UK NEQAS CPT, in order to provide information and feedback to participants and users, in the form of audits, reports, surveys and KPI’s. This will form part of a co-ordinated programme of participant education and sharing of best practice, which will also involve the production of scientific papers and presentations at national and international scientific meetings and practical workshops.

The Technical Specialist will form part of a team committed to the provision of a worldwide quality EQA and proficiency testing delivery, and to support and maintain UK NEQAS CPT accreditation status, with participants, external service providers and other appropriate external bodies, performing work activities in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

The post will be based in Pathology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.

The post holder will have excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and work well under pressure in a team environment in order to assist in achieving UK NEQAS CPT objectives. They will be able to prioritise their own workload, and make technical decisions, as well as communicate with staff, participants and users regarding a number of issues including contentious ones such as complaints and incidents.

As part of the team the post holder will have developed knowledge, experience and competency in specialised diagnostic cellular pathology techniques, must have Health Professions Council (HPC) State Registration and attained Fellowship of the IBMS / Masters Degree / Higher Specialist Portfolio or equivalent experience and knowledge, which enables the post-holder provide expert advice to users of the service regarding tissue diagnostics.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, innovative and forward thinking candidates who are able to prioritise their own workload, work as part of a team, and adapt quickly and efficiently. Previous involvement with audit, EQA, IQC and quality management to ISO standards is essential.

UK NEQAS CPT operates an extended working day and requires flexibility in working patterns. Hrs/days of work to be agreed with the UK NEQAS CPT Scheme Manager

The post will be on Gateshead Health NHS Trust terms and conditions of employment. Full participation in the UK NEQAS CPT extended working day is a mandatory requirement of all posts.

This post is subject to DBS (Police Bureau) STANDARD Disclosure

Anyone applying for a position which involves a regulated activity will require an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check and that the disclosure will, where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children or working with adults or both.

Please note: if we experience a high volume of applications for this post, it may be necessary to bring the closing date for applications forward. If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you are encouraged to submit an application at your earliest convenience.

Informal enquiries welcomed by Mrs Chantell Hodgson via e-mail: or by telephone on (0191) 445 5566

Closing Date: 3rd April 2020

Interviews: 24th April 2020

Applicants who have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date are to assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who may require sponsorship through the UK Border Agency to work in the UK. However, those candidates must be aware that appointment to the post may not be considered if a suitably qualified experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available and/or the post does not attract sufficient points. During the interview process, all candidates will be requested to provide appropriate original documentation to ensure their legal right to work in the UK may be verified.

Candidates who require sponsorship are strongly advised to visit the UK Border Agency website and familiarise themselves with what is required. There is a facility on this site to access the points based calculator and work through an example which should assist candidates in their understanding of the process.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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