University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST
POST: Principal Clinical Scientist in Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics, Leader of H&I Section
Band 8a HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist in H&I
LOCATION: Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics,
Derriford Combined Laboratory, Level 6, Derriford Hospital
HOURS: 37.5 hrs per week
SALARY: Band 8a, £47,126- £53,219 plus on call payments
Working in Derriford Hospital H&I laboratory provides exciting opportunities both for personal development and contributions to the histocompatibility and immunogenetics community. We work closely with all relevant multidisciplinary teams providing support and advice. Continual improvements in HLA antibody screening and delisting of patient antibodies has resulted in some of the lowest waiting times in the country for our renal patients and a much smaller resultant transplant waiting list than would be expected for the population served. Introduction of virtual crossmatching has dramatically improved the cold ischaemia time; Derriford is in the top six transplant centres in the UK with the shortest cold ischaemia time.
In addition, staff have been involved in the preparation and publication of scientific papers and personal development including HCPC registrations, MSc, HSST, DClinSci and RCPath qualifications.
Plymouth is a lively city with a large student base, and is currently benefitting from significant investment and redevelopment. Plymouth is bordered by almost one thousand square kilometres of Dartmoor National Park to the North, and glorious coastline to the South, providing numerous opportunities for activities such as walking, camping, watersports and fishing. National and International airports can be reached within one and two hours from Plymouth.
We require an experienced Clinical Scientist to lead the H&I laboratory within the Combined Laboratory, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Applicants must have demonstrable H&I experience, particularly in solid organ transplantation, with expertise in molecular HLA typing methodologies, flow cytometry, Luminex bead array technology and virtual crossmatching. You will have either the BSHI diploma, STP Training and qualifications to MSc level or above. Royal College of Pathologists Part 1 examination in H&I or evidence of working towards achieving this is desirable. We would support applications for the Higher Specialist Scientific Training programme and we would encourage progression to Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists. Experience in leading teams through change is desirable but not essential.
You will be part of a team providing a valuable support function to our transplantation services, and as such you will have involvement in managing the entire H&I laboratory and attending renal MDT meetings.
You will take part in the 24/7 on call rota for renal transplantation, for which additional payments are made.
For an application form and job description please see the advert and details on the NHS Jobs website, reference [216-EG-C4175339] Principal Clinical Scientist in H&I or the BSHI website.
For further information please contact Dr Olivera Gjorgjimajkoska on 01752 431348 or [email protected]
Closing date for completed applications: 5th June 2022, interviews June 2022 (date TBC).
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer, and is a smoke-free environment. Under the Trust’s Green Commuter Strategy, on site parking is restricted.