Trainee Clinical Scientist Haematology&Transfusion Science
Health Education and Improvement Wales
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NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientist
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Exciting opportunities to use your science degree for patient and public benefit
Earn a competitive salary and gain a masters degree through a 3 year, full-time, nationally recognised training programme
Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3-year fixed term contract.
Healthcare science is an exciting and dynamic area to work in, with potential to develop both scientific and clinical skills and apply this knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and the rehabilitation of patients.
The NHS in Wales is offering a salaried post-graduate training programme in Haematology and Transfusion Science for a high calibre science graduate who is passionate about science and its role in patient care. As you will be based in a blood establishment, you will be required to specialize in Blood Transfusion by taking the appropriate specialist modules.
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.
Main duties of the job
Haematology and Transfusion Science are clinical scientific disciplines within Pathology. Haematology can be categorized into three disciplines (Diagnostic Haematology, Haematological Malignancy and Haemostasis) which involves analysis and interpretation of results to help in the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring, and screening for disease. Transfusion requires an understanding of underlying clinical disorders to provide patients with safe and effective blood components. Blood establishments are responsible for collecting and testing blood donations for blood groups and screening for transmissible disease, prior to distribution to hospitals.
Patient testing can be performed in both blood establishments and hospital transfusion laboratories. Tests include routine blood grouping, antibody identification, red cell phenotyping, and cross-matching to ensure patients receive compatible blood. Complex investigations are referred to a Red Cell Immunohaematology reference centre, such as the Welsh Blood Service (WBS). Staff in the WBS provide expert advice to other NHS organisations and also participate in research and development work.
This post is fixed term for 3 years to meet the needs of the service.
Trainees will be required to rotate through other areas which will involve secondments to other locations. For individuals with aptitude and commitment there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway, to include undertaking the examinations to gain Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Consultant Clinical Scientist position. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are motivated to pursue their career within Wales.
The successful candidate will be employed by Velindre NHS Trust for the duration of their three-year post-graduate training programme. Trainees are also enrolled for a fully funded part time vocational masters degree in Clinical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science).
20 January 2023
Agenda for change
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Welsh Blood Service
Haematology and Transfusion utilises many different analytical techniques in addition to providing clinical and scientific advice to clinical colleagues. You will benefit from attending a range of clinics and multi-disciplinary team meetings. It is an attractive specialism, making a considerable contribution to direct patient care, in addition to undertaking research, implementing service developments and innovation in the field of diagnostics.
Further advice on the training, role, and career opportunities of a Clinical scientist in Haematology and Transfusion Science can be found at https://www.rcpath.org and http://www.nshcs.hee.nhs.uk .
You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specificationattached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac
Interviews will be held face to face from: Tuesday 11th April 2023
Closing date for applications for all posts: Monday 6th February 2023.
To discuss this post please contact:
Welsh Blood Service:
Chloe George, Consultant Clinical Scientist trainee,
Head of Component Development,
Welsh Blood Service,
Ely Valley Road,
Tel: (01443) 622152 / 1797 2152
- Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2.1) in a pure or applied science relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2.2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.
- For all candidates evidence of research experience, e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability, is considered desirable.
Scientific Skills Demonstrated in a work or study context
- A committed in depth interest in Scientific Practice and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment
- Ability to design research investigations and experiments.
- Ability to analyze and assess scientific, technical and medical literature.
- Ability to make judgments, including clinical judgments involving facts or situations that impact on patients.
- Have an understanding of quality control and management assurance in a science or work based context
- Ability to develop proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use where they are training
- Has an understanding of the role of their chosen specialism in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting.
- Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and databases.
- Ability to analyse complex information comprising laboratory or workshop data, images and clinical details. Knowledge acquired through study and experience to formulate appropriate advice and judgments.
Transferable Skills Demonstrated in study, work or non-work contexts
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both writing and speaking in English language in order to: oExplain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers and patients and to listen to their needs. oMake formal presentations to groups of colleagues.
- Good active listening skills to build rapport with listener to encourage an open discussion.
- Self-aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative or empathising listening styles according to the needs of the listener and the situation.
- Ability to work autonomously in the planning and execution of their own work and under the guidance of their Departmental Supervisors. Flexibility to acquire the skills to organise, plan and monitor the workload of others.
- Demonstrable ability to lead others.
- Under guidance develops good interpretative skills in the formulation of advice to multi-disciplinary team members on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of patients.
- Ability to handle patient samples, hazardous reagents and chemicals in a safe manner in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
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