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Systematic Reviewer

Job Reference: 918-RA5165

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
R&D Systematic Reviews Initiative
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

This is your chance to play a key role in the life-changing mission of a unique organisation. At NHS Blood and Transplant, we are dedicated to saving and improving lives. We look after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK.


In the role of Systematic Reviewer, you will work closely with the core Systematic Review Initiative team carrying out a series of systematic reviews in the field of transfusion medicine and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Crucially, you will communicate your discoveries, in person and in writing, to clinical, scientific, technical and research colleagues locally, nationally and internationally. You will share and explain methodological and statistical information and exchange specialist knowledge. What’s more, you will present your findings and methodology in peer-reviewed research papers. Your contribution will be integral to the ongoing success of the Systematic Review Initiative.


We expect you to have significant experience of carrying out your own research in a medical or scientific environment. You have a track record of preparing research papers to a high standard. Experience of undertaking systematic reviews, including data extraction is essential and experience of carrying out a Cochrane review, is desirable. It may also be useful to have a working knowledge of medical and blood transfusion terminology. For these reasons, you will need to have either a postgraduate diploma or equivalent experience in a research, medical or scientific discipline. Equally important is a flair for building good working relationships and communicating with a range of people, including patients, clinicians and scientists.


It’s a collaborative team effort at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). From the nurses on the frontline to the administrative staff who support them, every single member of NHSBT plays a crucial role in saving and improving lives. Each year, millions of units of blood are collected for patients in English hospitals while our research teams continue their ground-breaking exploration of stem cell and blood component transfusion – all thanks to NHSBT employees who are committed to securing a healthy future for the next generation. And now you can join these exceptional people in a role that directly impacts on our understanding of this exciting medical arena.


At NHSBT, we’re keen for our staff to grow with us, climbing the ranks and remaining a part of the team for many years to come. As such, we will support your specific areas of interest, with plenty of training and development opportunities, and mentorship from senior members of staff. You will also benefit from a friendly and welcoming work environment – one in which the best medical minds are coming together to change the future transfusion capabilities of the NHS. Join us today and see where your career could take you.


For an informal discussion in relation to this role, please contact Susan Brunskill at or call 01865 387706.


Closing date for applications is 23:59 hrs on

Interviews will take place in the week of 9th March 2020.


This is a full time post [37.5 hours per week] although part time hours and/or a job share will be considered.

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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