Role: Band 6 Biomedical ScientistShifts: TBCLocation: London Central Benefits:* Access to Care4Carers our support service to help support your mental health and wellbeing and enable...
Role: Band 6 Specialist Practitioner
Shifts: Lab operates on a 24/7 basis (Candidates need to be flexible)
The post holder will be an experienced scientist with well-developed specialist knowledge & skills in molecular/virology fields. They will be required to work unsupervised (including on shift or on-call systems where appropriate and necessary), either as part of a team or independently, receiving, analysing and reporting specimens for COVID-19 testing. The post holder will be required to perform a complex range of tests using dedicated scientific equipment on all samples received. They will be required to interpret and report results in accordance with agreed service protocols. They will also be required to ensure their appropriate continual professional development and train and supervise less experienced staff as directed by their line manager.
Personnel & Training
* Be aware of advances in COVID-19 testing and related topics, and recommend the use of new methods and techniques as appropriate
* Undertake any training courses which may be considered appropriate and to participate in CPD programmes
* Achieve and maintain a well-developed specialist knowledge base and supporting skills appropriate to the service and the working practices employed within the laboratory
* Support the development and training of less experienced or junior staff under instruction of laboratory senior staff
Service Delivery and Quality
* Apply their problem solving skills to situations which may arise from time to time which may otherwise impact adversely on the service, e.g. equipment or assay failure, mislabelled or lost samples, queries from clinicians
* Develop and maintain highly developed physical skills sufficient to support the accurate and precise use of scientific equipment and processes
* Implement policies and procedures, including all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
* Be responsible for the safe and appropriate use of highly complex and/or expensive laboratory equipment
* Be responsible for maintaining stock control on all materials used, using appropriate logging systems to record stock movements and bringing to the attention of senior staff critical shortages at the earliest opportunity
* Be responsible for the day to day supervision of less experienced or junior staff, including trainees and less experienced scientists, Associate Practitioners and Support Workers.
* Provide team leadership for sections of a service or sites where necessary
* Contribute to the laboratory information system (LIMS) and patient record by the generation and input of laboratory data, whether by direct interface or manual means
* Undertake regular surveys and audits in support of the Quality Management System in place, with a view to continual improvements of the service
* Monitor turnaround times (TAT's) for their section/service, ensuring that quoted TAT's are achieved or surpassed, and communicating failures to more senior laboratory staff
* Undertake research & development appropriate to the service and the continual improvement of such, considering alternative techniques, testing new equipment and searching for improvements in quality, speed and cost of service provision on a continual basis.
* Be capable of periods of prolonged concentration in order to support the critical analysis of samples, regardless of other work pressures or shift arrangements
* Able to handle all specimens, reagents, equipment and other materials in a manner consistent with all health & safety rules and regulations, and in accordance with all SOP's, in order to ensure a safe working environment for self and others
* Assist in the day to day organisation of all aspects of routine work
Contract Length: ASAP - 31.03.23