Section Lead - Clinical Biochemistry

Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust
London, UK
08 Nov 2019
13 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, the City and beyond.

We are very proud that the CQC has recently rated Homerton Hospital's A&E department as 'Outstanding', medical care at the hospital as 'Outstanding', and our acute services overall as 'Good'.

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. These specialist services include obstetrics, neonatology, foetal medicine, fertility, neuro-rehabilitation, bariatric surgery, and asthma and allergy services.

The local City and Hackney community served by the Trust is highly diverse with a complex mix of clinical and cultural needs. Good working relationships, strong multi-agency working arrangements and integrated pathways already exist between hospital and community health services, primary care, local authority and mental health services.

The trust is an active partner in bringing different services together across City and Hackney to provide integrated care closer to home, and in the development of an 'Integrated Care System', of which the Trust is a major partner, which aims to bring together health and care services, the wider community and voluntary sector to work closer together to provide great services for local people in City and Hackney.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to have been included on the HSJ and Nursing Times Best Places to Work list, and has recently achieved 'Excellence' status in the Healthy Workplace Charter, as awarded by the Greater London Authority.

The Role

The Pathology Department is seeking an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Clinical Biochemistry Section Lead Manager to manage the day to day running of the main laboratory section. The main laboratory Section Lead would be required to work closely with the other departmental Section Managers to help to lead and maintain high quality standards for the Clinical Biochemistry Services in the Trust.

This key appointment will help with the provision of a high quality Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory, and the successful post holder would play a fundamental role in helping to ensure provision of a best practice, well equipped laboratory that can continue to evolve and develop, in order to meet, the increasingly demanding and complex needs of the Trust patient population.

Applicants will need to be HCPC registered, qualified to MSc level, with extensive experience working as either a band 6 and/or band 7 level section Biomedical Scientist, and have highly developed specialist knowledge and skills for Clinical Biochemistry and in the use of automated testing chemistry platforms. Applicants will also need good training and quality management / quality assurance skills including experience of audit, with knowledge and experience of both UKAS ISO15189 inspection requirements.

The successful applicant will need to be a teamplayer who can effectively and efficiently lead the main laboratory section of a busy laboratory with good communication, organisational, time management and interpersonal skills. A very good understanding of complex laboratory analyser functionality and interface systems is also required, as well as an ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.

The laboratory is well equipped and fully automated using Abbott Architect ci8200 main analysers, Beckman Automate pre-analytics in addition to specialist instrumentation throughout including: Sebia Capillarys/ Hydrasys, Phadia 250, DS2, GC.MS, LCMSMS and HPLC systems. The Pathology department is fully computerised with Clinisys WinPath Enterprise system which is linked to the Trust's electronic patient record using Cerner. The laboratory is a HCPC / IBMS accredited training laboratory and it has full UKAS ISO15189 accreditation. The Pathology department and the Trust Learning and Development department provide very good opportunities for CPD, and personal development will be actively encouraged and supported.

Interviews are due to be held on the 7th November.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Susan Benson (Head of Pathology Services) on Tel: 020 8510 5216 / Email: ( Email address removed )


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Please note: we reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

The Trust welcomes applications from candidates wishing to job share with or without job share partners.

We are committed to equal opportunities, and have been approved as a Disability Confident Employer.

The Trust offers a number of benefits, including a relocation loan for new starters moving to the area. More details on our range of benefits can be found on the Homerton website.

Homerton is smoke free.

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