Role: Specialist Biomedical Scientist
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract (up to 18 months)
As part of the team the post holder will have developed knowledge, experience and competency in specialised diagnostic techniques and must have Health Professions Council (HPC) State Registration. Registration enables the post-holder to work unsupervised. It is a primary role of the post to provide specialist advice to clinical users of the service regarding test requirements, appropriateness and expected turnaround times.
Key areas of Responsibility
- Act in a way that promotes patient care and maintains the integrity of the Department in line with Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Code of Conduct.
- Maintain patient confidentiality at all times in line with the Trust Information Management and Technology (IM&T) Information Security Policy.
- Work unsupervised in compliance with the Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures and Health and Safety Policies.
- May be required to comment on policies and procedures as part of service development
- Follow good laboratory practice in line with professional guidelines and Pathology Accreditation (ISO) standards.
- Work within the Terms and Conditions of Employment of your Trust Contract.
- Report incidents, accidents and defects according to Trust and Directorate guidelines.
Department Service Provision
- Provide and receive routine information verbally, in writing and electronically to inform clinical users of the service, patients, the public or other external contacts
- Communicate with the users of the service and colleagues regarding
- Clinical appropriateness of the request
- Additional tests
- Perform highly complex analysis of routine and urgent clinical samples in accordance with laboratory procedures using specialist optical, manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory equipment.
- Participate in the laboratory rotation through appropriate areas of the department.
- Carry out maintenance and preparation of reagents and equipment, including stock control, as specified in Standard Operating Procedures.
- Measure and monitor the accuracy and imprecision of laboratory investigations using appropriate quality control procedures
- Undertake technical validation of results from laboratory investigations
- Participate in stock control and management
- Carry out corrective action when the quality control procedures indicate loss of performance
- Plan and organise their work within the demands of the team
- Maintain good work relations with all members of staff, and to promote effective teamwork
- Participate in the regular review and update of the Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures as directed by the Departmental Quality Manager or Deputy
- Be responsible for the validation and release of abnormal laboratory results for the clinical care of patients in line with departmental policies and procedures.
- Interpret technical validity of laboratory results and take appropriate actions in line with departmental policies and procedures.
- Order and interpret follow-up laboratory procedures as indicated from the primary set of laboratory results on the patient.
- Add technical comments as appropriate to the laboratory report prior to validating the results.
- Add interpretive comments as appropriate to the laboratory report prior to authorising the release of the results in accordance with departmental procedures.
- Refer clinically significant results for a second opinion from an appropriate Consultant/Clinical Scientist or senior member of staff.
- Inform the requester of any clinically significant result or any technically invalid result that requires further action in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
- Undertake method and laboratory instrument evaluation as directed by the Departmental Quality Lead or Deputy.
- Referral of samples both within and out with the department including the monitoring and follow up of outstanding results
- Participation in the Department's 24/7 service, which includes working alone and through the night as deemed necessary for service delivery by the Departmental Manager.
- Contribute to the Departmental delivery of specialised Patient-Focused Clinics requiring dedicated staffing allocation
- Contribute to the delivery of the Near-Patient Testing analysis service as appropriate
- Provision of information for Multi-Disciplinary Meetings as appropriate
- Use other Directorate's equipment and facilities as appropriate
- Contribute to the provision of materials, advice and support for the Clinical Users of the service
- Enter and retrieve Patient data using the Laboratory Information System.
- Comply with local and national policies for the safe, secure and confidential processing, and storage of patient and other laboratory data.
- Use the Laboratory Information System according to the authorised procedures and policies.
- Maintain the integrity and accuracy of laboratory databases
- Extract, manipulate and statistically analyse data as appropriate
- Enter test results into the Laboratory Information System in line with departmental policies and procedures.
- Ensure that laboratory records are kept up to date and stored safely to ensure compliance with good work practices required for pathology accreditation to ISO 15189
- Carry out complex IT processes to facilitate the analytical process
Education, Development and Training
- Maintain State Registration with the Health Professions Council.
- Achieve appropriate levels of competence required by laboratory Competency Assessment Program.
- Maintain professional knowledge via Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Supervision, training, development and competence assessment of trainee BMS and MLA staff as directed by the Departmental Quality Lead or Deputy and Departmental Training Officer.
- Act as mentor
- Contribute to requirements of non-laboratory staff attending the department.
Health and Safety
- Work in line with Trust and Directorate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.
- Attend all mandatory Health and Safety training sessions.
- Keep the workplace and workbenches clean and tidy.
Nature and Conditions of Work
- There is a requirement for sitting/standing at equipment, benches, VDU and/or microscopes for prolonged periods of time.
- A high degree of accuracy is required for fine adjustment of sensitive equipment.
- A high level of concentration is required to process laboratory samples and respond to frequent interruptions e.g. urgent requests for information/results.
- Daily exposure to body fluids, blood, fresh tissue, infective agents and hazardous chemicals.
- Understand and adopt the principles of the Laboratory Quality Management System.
- Produce and review Departmental Standard Operating Procedures
- Contribute to the departmental Internal Quality Control and External Quality Assurance schemes as appropriate
- Participate in process and service audits as directed by the Departmental Quality Lead or Deputy
Ref: 13356/001_1611828575 | Published: 28th Jan 2021