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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/05/2022.

Tissue Bank Practitioner

Job Reference: 918-HX9388

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Tissue Services Bristol Eye Bank
£25,655 to £31,534 pa pro rata

NHS Blood and Transplant is an integral part of the NHS. It saves thousands of lives by collecting over 2.5 million donations of blood and blood products every year. It also delivers a range of Tissue Grafts required to save and improve patients lives.


As Tissue Bank Practitioner you will have key responsibility in independently ensuring the efficient functioning of all aspects of tissue receipt, processing and dispatch. As you support the work of the Eye Bank, you’ll be tasked with receiving and appropriately storing a range of tissue products, including corneas and sclera, guaranteeing that all Health and Safety Policies and National Guidelines are adhered to at all times.


You’ll join us with extensive experience in laboratories, allowing you to efficiently and accurately keep records and plan the day-to-day activities and workload of supporting staff. Your excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, will be crucial as you provide specialised training for Tissue Bank Assistant staff and supervise the work of a small team.


Our dedicated team supplies corneal grafts to hospitals nationally for use in the treatment to restore the vision of patients suffering from corneal abnormalities and diseases. As an essential service, we’re committed to positive transformation and are currently embarking on an ambitious programme of change.


This is an excellent opportunity to take your skills to the next level, and in doing so, enabling people in need to benefit from life-saving operations and treatments. Put simply, a chance to improve patients’ lives – and yours.


We have 1 part time, fixed term role available for 6 months. The normal working hours will be 21 hours per week, Saturday - Tuesday from 9am up to 2pm.

You will also be required to participate in routine Saturday/Sunday working and an on-call rota for evenings for which you will receive additional payments.

Secondments will be considered for internal applicants, but please discuss with your current line manager before submitting an application.


This advert will close at 23:59 on Sunday 29th May 2022.


Interviews are anticipated to take place week commencing 13th June 2022. (Subject to change)


For informal enquiries in relation to this role, please contact David Usherwood – Eye Bank Manager via email at:


NHS Blood and Transplant encourages and supports uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

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 are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Three small words, one big difference - Caring, Expert and Quality.

Together we'll save and improve more lives than ever

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