Head of Blood Transfusion – BMS - North London

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Posted 12 January 2023
Salary Competitive
Job type Permanent
DisciplineBlood transfusionBiomedical Science Jobs
Contact NameLuke Killeen

Job description

Maxxima’s permanent team are looking for a Head of Blood Transfusion to work for a private laboratory a University Hosptial, based in North London. This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading private hospital group.

As Head of Blood Transfuiosn, you will be based in the Rapid Response Laboratory (RRL), reporting to the RRL Manager and forming a key relationship with the HSL Scientific Lead for Blood Transfusion.
You will liase with Biomedical Scientists in the laboratory and in the BT departments of the other London RRLs, clinicians in the client Trust, other departments, suppliers and colleagues for the benefit of patient care and maintenance of co-operative relationships.

You will manage a team of staff in the department with responsibility for providing a comprehensive, high quality 24/7 Blood Transfusion service to satisfy the requirements of MHRA and other regulatory bodies is a crucial part of laboratory operations for which this post is responsible. 
You must use a combination of knowledge and skills to ensure that appropriate sample testing and the issue of blood components and products are performed safely, accurately and in a timely manner, for every patient and in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations (BSQR) 2005. 

Location: North London

Employment Type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time

What’s in it for you?
  • Training and development opportunities supporting professional development
  • Annual performance related salary review
  • No banding restrictions: As they are a private company we are not restricted by salary bandings and so are able to negotiate appropriate salaries based on experience (annual salary reviews do not hit a band ceiling)
  • Discounted gym membership – we have a corporate gym membership scheme with Better Gym
  • Cash healthcare plan– cash back on a variety of healthcare costs including dentist and opticians
  • Sick Pay Entitlement – 5 paid days in the first year of employment, 20 days thereafter
  • Permanent Health Insurance and Death in Service Cover
  • Life Assurance – providing salary continuation for long term illness (six months qualifying period)
  • Employee Assistance Programme– supporting staff wellbeing
  • Season Ticket Loan Scheme – interest free loan for the cost of annual travel ticket
  • Perkbox – Access to additional staff perks and benefits such as high street discounts 
  • Company Pension Scheme – company and staff contributions which increase with years of service
  • Competitive annual leave allowance - 23 paid days’ leave rising to 28 days after five years’ service
  • Flexible working hours- 40 hours standard working week
On a typical day you will
  • Oversee and participate in the routine processing of specimens and issue of blood components; and to allocate work to the other BMS and MLA staff to ensure a smooth workflowTo ensure the maintenance of scientific standards and quality assurance in all areas of the department.
  • Establish systems that ensure that for each sample the appropriate requested investigations are performed in a timely manner, and that agreed turnaround times of samples and results are met
  • Be actively involved in the timely development of rotas to provide the appropriate numbers and correct skill mix of staff to support essential daily transfusion services, and to ensure continuous 24/7 cover for the whole Haematology service
  • Advise on equipment and method troubleshooting (including laboratory instrumentation and remote issue blood fridges), and receive reports of situations requiring further action, to work with Laboratory Support to arrange service engineers for fault resolution, reporting and documenting equipment faults and resolutions as per GMP requirements
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of clinically significant red cell antibodies in antenatal patients with correct follow-up and liaison with the relevant consultant Haematologist and clinical team responsible for the patient
  • Supervise and facilitate the maintenance of correct storage of blood components throughout the laboratory and service areas as required, including but not limited to: temperature monitoring (electronic and manual systems) and responding to temperature deviations; arranging and directing stock movement between blood fridges in order to minimise wastage and provide sufficient supplies where needed; initiating blood component recalls as required; correct packing of blood transport containers to GMP standards
  • Be involved in staff recruitment and to conduct appraisals as required and approve leave requests, monitor sickness absence and act as first line response in disciplinary, grievance and performance matters
What will you need to succeed in this role?
  • Registration with HCPC as Biomedical Scientist
  • Qualification in pathology disciplines consistent with HCPC requirement
  • MSc or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • Specialist Diploma in relevant discipline
  • Experience of working to a laboratory Quality Management System, and full working knowledge of MHRA requirements for a BT laboratory
  • Post-registration experience in a routine diagnostic/clinical laboratory and proficiency in relevant techniques
  • Experience of using a Laboratory Information System
  • Experience of supervising staff and of conducting appraisals
Unlock your potential:

If you are you looking for a new exciting challenge within a leading private hospital group in the heart of London - please apply today!

What are the next steps?
If the role sounds like the perfect fit for you, please apply now.

If you are interested in registering with us, would like to know more about this position or simply discuss any other opportunities we have, we would love to hear from you.

Feel free to contact Luke Nguyen-Killeen on 0203 398 6694 or email Luke.Killeen@maxximagroup.com

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