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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/08/2020.

Reference Laboratory Manager (HCPC registered)

Job Reference: 918-MH5816

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
RCI Reference Colindale
£45,753 - £51,668 + HCA of £4,743pa

Challenge yourself every day with complex serology problems

Advance your skills and deepen your expertise by providing complex diagnostic and blood donation selection activities to hospital transfusion laboratories across the NHS.  In this new role you’ll be supported by expert teams and advanced technology, as well as the agents and techniques needed to solve some of the most complex serology challenges.


About the role


Working as part of the senior team in the largest of NHSBT’s eight Red Cell Immunohaematology labs, you’ll ensure we respond to the changing requirements of customer hospitals through the provision of state-of-the-art, cost-effective and clinically appropriate diagnostics. A key contributor to our ongoing growth, you’ll look to continuously improve processes and performance on both a local and national scale.


Our Colindale lab works with a wide and varied patient mix, including the investigation of rare antibody specificities. Your workload is likely to encompass many rare and unique cases. In addition to learning advanced serological techniques, you will work on genotyping, antibody quantification by continuous flow analyser and FMH by flow cytometry. Expect to share your findings by publication and presentation at national meetings and conferences, and you will also consult with the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory (IBGRL) on our most complex cases.


About you


While expert knowledge of advanced serological techniques is not essential, you must have specialist postgraduate-level knowledge (or equivalent) in a relevant area such as transfusion or transplantation and a willingness to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You will also have a worked in a transfusion laboratory at a senior level, and have experience of compatibility testing, transfusion-related diagnostics and the regulatory environment (MHRA and GMP). Registration as an HCPC BMS is essential. Strong people skills are also required as you’ll be overseeing day-to-day operation of the laboratory, including validation of equipment and processes, plus the management and motivation of a team of around 30 specialists.


About us


If you are seeking a role in which every day brings new adventures and challenges, then you will excel in our team. As a world leader in transplant and transfusion services, we are a uniquely progressive organisation. We believe in investing in our people to ensure they remain at the forefront of excellence, so the training and development opportunities available to you will ensure your career remains in line with your ambitions. Furthermore, our workplaces are highly welcoming and inclusive, with supportive management and a friendly camaraderie that is second to none. With a competitive rewards package and a commitment to maintaining work/life balance, we are confident that you will find plenty of reasons to enjoy your working life with us. But ultimately, this is about using your skills in the most professionally and personally rewarding way. 


How to apply


For further information please contact Tracey Tomlinson at

To apply, please click the ‘apply for this job’ button.


Closing date for applications is 23:59hrs on 26th August 2020

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.

We’re an inclusive organisation that reflects the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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