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Band 8b - Principal Clinical Scientist, Chemical Pathology

Job Reference: 360-C-6595-RA1

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
chemical Pathology
Watford and Hemel Hempstead, Watford
£54,068 - £62,745 pa inc HCA

Due to restructuring in the Department, we have a vacancy for a Band 8b Principal Clinical Scientist in Chemical Pathology and invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates with significant experience of working in a busy Chemical Pathology Department.


We are seeking an enthusiastic, well-organised and highly motivated individual, with exceptional communication skills who shares the values of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. In return, we will provide opportunities for learning and professional development.


The post holder is expected to take a major role in data analytics within the department and play a major role in the departments QMS system. They will also be expected to undertake method development, protocol development and clinical liaison including ‘duty’ biochemist. They will work closely with IT as part of the data analytics function.


The post-holder will be required to contribute to medical teaching and training for trainee clinical scientists and biomedical scientists.


The appointee will assist the Head of Department and other members of the Consultant team in providing a comprehensive, cost effective and high quality Chemical Pathology service in our laboratories which are ISO15189:2012 accredited. The appointee will represent the Chemical Pathology Department at relevant Trust and Pathology meetings as required and will contribute to service improvement as well as facilitating delivery of current service provision.


The successful candidate will be expected to be an experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist in Clinical Biochemistry and have successfully completed the Part 1 FRCPath examination.


There is a full 24/7 hour acute/urgent analytical service at our Watford Laboratory and a Monday to Friday non urgent service provided at the Hemel Hempstead Laboratory site. The successful candidate is expected to work across sites as required. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the On-Call roster (currently 1:2) for the provision of clinical advice out of hours after appropriate training.


The Laboratory is fully automated in its main analytical platforms with Roche Chemistry and Siemens Centaur analysers used for Immunochemistry testing (an upgrade to the Siemens Atellica platforms is currently in the progress). Sebia systems for protein electrophoresis and Chromsystems for urine metadrenaline measurements. The Trust is committed to the personal development of its staff at all levels.


This role requires working closely with Consultants, Team Leaders, Quality Leads, and Chemical Pathology (Blood Science) Managers.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Consultant Chemical Pathologist Mr Bharat Patel(Head of Department), Consultant Clinical Scientist on telephone 01923 217573.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. Overall, the population served by the Trust is relatively affluent, but there are some areas of deprivation.

The Trust also provides a range of more specialist services to a wider population, serving residents of North London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and East Hertfordshire.

As an employer of over 4,000 people the Trust is one of the biggest employers in the area and sees nearly a million patients each year.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities, if you need help please ask.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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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