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Clinical Scientist (Band 7/8a)

Job Reference: 317-2019-27-05-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Corporate Laboratory - Blood Sciences
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£37,570 - £50,819 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

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.

Band 7 £37,570 - £43,772 per annum

Band 8a £44,606 - £50,819 per annum

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join us in the Department of Blood Sciences to assist in the provision and development of the Clinical Biochemistry service. There is a dedicated and friendly team of seven other Clinical Scientists and three Consultant Chemical Pathologists working across two hospital sites at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital.

The department is UKAS accredited and provides a wide range of service support for clinical activity and research in the Newcastle Hospitals and the local universities. In addition to a comprehensive repertoire of tests for acute services, inpatients, outpatients and primary care the well-equipped Clinical Biochemistry laboratories provide an extensive menu of specialist services including Paediatric Metabolic Biochemistry, Regional Neonatal Screening and Maternal Serum Screening services, Special Chemistry (including a range of LC-MS/MS, ICP-MS and HPLC assays) and is an SAS designated centre for Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Biomarker assays. There are good links with clinical services with staff participating in MDTs and other clinical meetings.

The successful candidate will be working at both hospital sites but based primarily at Royal Victoria Infirmary which incorporates the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre and the Great North Children’s Hospital. Approximately half of your time will be spent in the Paediatric Metabolic and Newborn Screening sections of the department. No specific experience of these specialties is required as full training will be provided. You will also participate in the Duty Biochemist rota and be expected to work in other areas of the laboratory.

Appointment to Band 8a will require you to have Clinical Biochemistry experience, to be HCPC registered as a Clinical Scientist and have an MSc or equivalent in Clinical Biochemistry and Part 1 FRCPath.

Appointment to Band 7 will be considered for applicants without Part 1 FRCPath, who are HCPC registered or expected to be imminently HCPC registered. The post holder will be required to achieve Part 1 FRCPath and the necessary competencies within a three year period at which point they will receive automatic progression to the Band 8a post. Career progression and training will be actively supported, with full support provided for completion of FRCPath.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Julie Day, Consultant Clinical Scientist

0191 2824585/2231094

Ann Bowron, Consultant Clinical Scientist

0191 2829685

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.

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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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