Senior Clinical Scientist, Band 7/Trainee, Band 6

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Access and Diagnostics Directorate

Senior Clinical Scientist – Chemistry – Band 7 / Band 6 Trainee

12 months fixed-term contract

We are looking to appoint an AFC Band 7 Clinical Scientist with HCPC registration in the modality of Clinical Biochemistry. The successful candidate will join our team in the Blood Sciences Department within NHS Tayside and based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. The role will enable your continued development as a Clinical Biochemist and also require you to have or develop particular specialist knowledge and experience with a particular emphasis on Mass Spectrometry applications in Clinical Laboratories and supporting Blood Sciences with transition to a new Laboratory Information Management System. You will build on your broad range of experience in Clinical Biochemistry and provide scientific input into both the core automated and specialist biochemistry sections of the department. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to service improvement and to develop as part of the wider Blood Sciences team to provide leadership and direction across the department.

Blood Sciences (encompassing Biochemical Medicine, Haematology and Immunology) within NHS Tayside provides a high-quality, patient-focussed comprehensive, 24/7/365 service to adults and children of Tayside and North East Fife from 2 laboratories in Dundee and Perth. The department also encompasses the Scottish Bowel Screening laboratory in Dundee. Annual workload is over 6.5 million test results from approximately 750,000 requests. The Blood Science Department has seen extensive development and investment in recent years and continues to develop. The department is recognised internationally for a number of its areas of activity. Facilities include state-of-the-art specialist equipment, automation and tracking systems housed in modern, air-conditioned buildings. Blood Sciences is accredited as a single multidisciplinary department by UKAS. The department also has state of the art chromatographic and mass spectrometry equipment and has experience of delivering automated reporting algorithims into routine use. The post holder plays a leading role within the Blood Sciences team to enable delivery of these services.

You must be currently registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist or must be undertaking pre-registration training (as part of e.g. an STP programme) with HCPC registration pending. HCPC registered Clinical Scientists will be paid at B7 / non-HCPC registered will be paid at B6 with progression to B7 when HCPC registration is achieved.

You will be working with Siemens analysers in a state of the art Corelab laboratory with Atellica platform automation and in the Specialist Biochemistry laboratory, LCMS, HPLC, High Resolution Accurate Mass Spectrometer/ r toxicology, Sebia Capillarys/ Hydrasys for protein electrophoresis and a Siemens Immulite.

We are looking for a member of staff that can demonstrate team spirit, initiative and flexibility with the enthusiasm to further develop and have proven ability to support further development of the service to ensure continued compliance with ISO 15189 Standards. You will work with a considerable degree of autonomy and have the responsibility for providing professional, scientific and technical leadership

As the Senior Clinical Scientist you will be expected to work closely with the senior BMS in Chemistry, and the Blood Sciences Associate Service Managers to ensure continued UKAS accreditation; this post involves, weekend, evening and Public Holiday duties.

We can offer you the scope to advance and develop your skills within a supportive and progressive environment. You should be a good communicator with proven skills to deliver training and support to a wide range of laboratory staff including pre registration Clinical Scientist, BMS and university placement students.

You will also be expected to support the professional scientific staff and service managers in delivering the analytical services and to carry out general laboratory duties.

Hours of work are: 37 per week. 

Informal enquiries to:

Neil Greig, Clinical Lead for Chemistry Tel 01382 660111 Ext. 32512

Judith strachan, Consultant Clinical Scientist for Chemistry Tel 01382 660111 Ext.33364

(Informal visits are actively encouraged)

Internal Applicants - Written approval must be sought from your line manager prior to applying for this secondment.  You will be required to bring this if shortlisted for interview. 

NHS Scotland is reducing their full time working week from 37.5 to 37 hours per week from 1 April 2024 but with no change in pay.  This reduction will also be applied pro rata for part time staff.  This advert and any subsequent offer/contract of employment therefore reflects the new working hours.  However, as not all service areas will be able to adopt the 37 hour working week immediately from 1 April 2024, you may be required to work up to an additional 30 minutes per week for a temporary period for which you would be paid until the service you are working in changes rosters or working patterns to accommodate the new reduced working week.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Recruiting Board.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email. Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.


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