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Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 317-2021-30-32-DR-A

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Mitochondrial Laboratory Service - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

In response to NHS England’s recent Strategy on the future of Genomics services in England, Newcastle Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children’s Trust, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have formed the North East and Yorkshire Genomics Laboratory Hub (NE&Y GLH); an exciting collaboration to provide services for Genomics across the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Humber. The Mitochondrial team in Newcastle is one of three highly specialised component laboratories providing the Rare Mitochondrial Disorders Service for Adults and Children and is commissioned to provide highly specialised mitochondrial testing for the North geography. The team use a broad range of histochemical, immunohistochemical and biochemical assays to support a “genomics-first” approach to diagnosis for patients with suspected mitochondrial disease referred from across the UK and further afield, linking to a multidisciplinary Clinical Service; the laboratory also holds an HFEA licence for mitochondrial DNA-related PGD, is supporting the clinical delivery of mitochondrial donation and is strongly integrated into the research activities of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University. See attached for newcastle-mitochondria http address.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual for the following post:

The post: State Registered Clinical Scientist, Mitochondrial Highly Specialised Service - Band 7

The post holder will;

  • Provide analysis, interpretation and reporting of genomic tests for a broad range of mitochondrial disorders guided by clearly defined policies, procedures and algorithms
  • Be responsible for specific areas of service development
  • Provide specialist advice to clinicians on specific genetic tests
  • Provide supervision of technical, junior and trainee staff


The Person

The successful candidates will have:

  • First class or upper second class BSc degree in an appropriate subject with a strong genetics component
  • Clinical Scientist state registration (or expected registration in 2021) in appropriate scheme with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Experience of working in an accredited NHS diagnostic genomics laboratory
  • Excellent communication, team working and organisational skills
  • Extensive computer skills including data analysis

This post provides the opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join an exciting and innovative team. For a confidential discussion, please contact Professor Robert Taylor, Head of Laboratory.


Tel: 0191 2824375

Full time 37 hours 30 minutes/week

For further details / informal visits contact:

Emma Watson

Principal Clinical Scientist

Email address

Telephone number 0191 2824607

Additional contact information

Available Mon-Fri 8.00am - 4.30pm

Important note on completion of reference section of 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. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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