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Clinical Scientist

Band 7

Main area
317 Genetics - Molecular - CFL
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-20-066
Site
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Town
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
Salary
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
07/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
28/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

Applications are invited for three Band 7 Clinical Scientist posts in the Newcastle Genetics Laboratory.

Candidates should ideally either be State Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council or should achieve State Registration within the first year. State Registration will be required for full assimilation onto Band 7 (successful candidates within one year of HCPC registration would be appointed at 75% of Band 7 until registration is achieved). All applicants should ideally have direct experience of the work of a diagnostic genetics service.

We would be willing to consider applications from individuals with alternative qualifications such as an MSc or PhD in Genetics, with significant laboratory and analytical experience in a relevant clinical setting. Any successful candidates who are not yet registered would be expected to work towards HCPC registration and would be appointed on an appropriate percentage of the pay for fully qualified staff during the training period.

The Newcastle Genetics Laboratory forms part of the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub, alongside our partners in Leeds and Sheffield.

  • Interview Date 28/07/2022
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

 

Main duties of the job

We provide testing for a wide variety of inherited and acquired conditions for a local population of over three million people, as well as services provided for the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub. In addition we provide specialised services to patients throughout the UK and internationally. The Newcastle Genetics laboratory is housed in purpose built accommodation at the Institute of Genetic Medicine close to Newcastle city centre, and has a close association with the high profile academic groups working in the Institute of Genetic Medicine research laboratories.

 

The successful candidate will be a motivated and reliable individual and will join a team of around 90 Scientific and Technical staff in the Genetics laboratories in Newcastle. They will be required to deliver coordination of testing for a range of genetic conditions, in addition to preparing reports and liaising closely with clinical colleagues and Genetic Technologist staff. A broad knowledge of diagnostic genetics and good communication, team working and supervisory skills are essential.

 

 

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Analysis, interpretation and reporting of genetic tests for a broad range of inherited disorders and acquired cancers guided by clearly defined policies and procedures.
  • Service development in own area.
  • Limited responsibility for an additional component of the genetics service.
  • Providing specialist advice to clinicians on specific genetic tests.
  • Supervision of technical, junior and trainee staff in section.
  • Practical and theoretical training of scientific & technical staff.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

 

Person specification

KNOWLEDGE

Essential criteria
  • Good knowledge of the scientific and clinical background to the disorders tested in the laboratory
Desirable criteria
  • Willing to communicate scientific findings and local and national meetings and conferences

SKILLS

Essential criteria
  • Excellent laboratory bench skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Basic computer skills

EXPERIENCE

Essential criteria
  • Previous experience as a pre-registration scientist in a diagnostic cytogenetics and/or molecular genetics laboratory
Desirable criteria
  • Significant experience in a diagnostic cytogenetics and/or molecular genetics laboratory
  • Staff supervisory experience

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential criteria
  • First class or second class BSc degree in an appropriate subject with a strong genetics component
  • State registered clinical scientist in Genetics with the Health and Care Professions Council (Masters Degree equivalence)
Desirable criteria
  • Successful completion of clinical scientist training evidenced by award of Certificate of Competence by the Association for Clinical Cytogenetics or Clinical Molecular Genetics Society or completion of the Modernising Scientific Careers Genetics STP
  • Post graduate qualification either Masters degree or PhD in an appropriate subject

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
David Bourn
Job title
Head Of Laboratory Newcastle
Email address
david.bourn@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2418819