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Associate Practitioner

Insignia Group Ltd
Closing date
23 Jul 2021

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Associate Practitioner - FTC until end of March 2022

Exeter, Devon

Competitive Salary

Working hours: Core hours Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 may be a requirement for this to extend to shift work between 8am - 8pm TBC

The Associate Practitioner will be responsible for performing technical duties to ensure the provision of a high quality LAMP testing service for SARS-CoV-2. Utilising the Direct LAMP assay, you will oversee sample preparation, loading of samples and validating results from the Optigene Genie-HT®. This will include test samples referred from other NHS sites. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential. Training in the LAMP assay will be given through a mix of virtual and in-person training.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Being actively involved in running assays with responsibility for oversight of a team of Biomedical Support Workers/Assistant Genetic Technologists
Ensuring the continued safe and clinically compliant operation of the end-to-end LAMP assay based on a standardised operating procedure (aliquoting of samples, reaction mix preparation in a clean room, processing of samples, result validation)
Providing supervision over one or more workflows (with direct line management over Biomedical Support Workers/Assistant Genetic Technologists), being a point of escalation for their queries and questions
Working in a Containment Level 2 laboratory following local code of practice
Assisting in the disposal of samples in accordance with all relevant guidelines
Helping maintain stock levels in collaboration with in-situ lab staff
Conducting root cause analysis of errors
Maintain the highest level of patient confidentiality and comply with section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act.
Recognise the importance of harmonious relationships and maintain an atmosphere conducive to this.
Undertake any training required in order to maintain competency including mandatory training, i.e. Fire, Manual Handling, Information Governance.
The post holder is expected to comply with Trust Infection Control Policies and conduct him/herself at all times in such a manner as to minimise the risk of healthcare associated infection.
Essential requirements:

GCSE Maths or English
Minimum of 1 science A-Level (or equivalent)
Educated to degree level within a scientific discipline, or equivalent lab experience
Previous experience of supervising a laboratory team
Experience of molecular biology techniques, for example PCR or LAMP
Experience working in Biosafety Cabinets
Experience with handling human biological samples
Operation of laboratory equipment e.g. Optigene instruments
Sample set-up and preparation - manual pipetting
Applicants can reasonably expect to be trained on relevant lab procedures and equipment, subject to them meeting the Essential criteria listed.

This job description is not exhaustive and will be subject to periodic review in association with the post-holder.

*** For a full Job Spec please call Vanessa on (phone number removed) Ext 302
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