Medical/Pharmaceutical/Scientific

Biomedical Scientist – Leicester

Full Time Temporary

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Biomedical Scientist – temp contract until end of February 2022

Leicester

Competitive Salary

Under the direction of the Clinical, Laboratory and Operational Directors, the successful Biomedical Scientist will be responsible for the delivery of effective testing operations for the client led DHSC supported COVID-19 LAMP Screening Programme. The programme is currently being established to offer asymptomatic individuals a saliva based direct LAMP COVID-19 test. In particular, the post holder will oversee the interpretation of results and reporting to UKAS accreditation standards and maintaining DHSC KPIs.

Ideally the post holder will be a registered Biomedical Scientist or an individual with equivalent experience and will therefore be required to maintain the skills and knowledge in line with professional standards and accreditation requirements.

Main Responsibilities:

Provide technical expertise and carry out all laboratory analyses associated with the post, including authorising results whilst maintaining appropriate records and documentation and within contracted KPIs. Ensure prompt notification or referral of unusual results to the Clinical Director as appropriate.
Exercising judgement and interpretation to validate results and generate laboratory reports in accordance with the Programme’s policies and procedures.
Ensure the continued safe and clinically compliant operation of the end-to-end LAMP assay based on standardised operating procedures. Overseeing the sophisticated automation equipment and ensuring that all data generated through routine QC checks meets required expectations.
Take delegated responsibility for the supervision, training and coaching of staff including maintenance of training records and competence assessments.
Take delegated responsibility for the quality control, operation, routine maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment and report any out of consensus results for investigation.
Maintain and develop standard operating procedures and policies to ensure that the Programme meets appropriate UKAS standards as required.
Undertake audits in line with the requirements of the quality management system as required.
Work in a Category Level 2 laboratory in a safe manner according to local Health and Safety policies and procedures and quality standards.
Work flexibly and undertake other duties commensurate to the Band as required.
Support the testing strategy and ramp up of testing capability.
Work with the senior management team to ensure KPIs are met and reported appropriately.
Essential experience and qualifications:

State Registered BMS (HCPC) or equivalent experience.
Degree in Biomedical Sciences or relevant qualification.
Experience in molecular biology techniques.
Experience working in a quality managed laboratory environment.
Experience of training and supervising staff in a laboratory setting.
Knowledge of health and safety regulations for working in a Containment Level 2 laboratory environment and appropriate handling of human biological samples*.
Knowledge of Quality Management Systems and service improvement.
Experience of working with LIMS.
Experience of troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation.
Evidence of excellent communication skills.
Desirable:

Experience in using liquid-handling robotics.
Experience of working with viral RNA.
*** For a full Job Spec please call Vanessa on (phone number removed) Ext 302.

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