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Medical Scientist (Staff Grade) Haematology/Blood Transfusion

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(03/09/2021 15:12)
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The purpose of the post is to provide a high quality diagnostic haematology and blood transfusion service.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals;

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital

The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI.


RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Scientific / Professional

The Medical Scientist (Staff Grade) will:

  • Maintain awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Perform to the highest professional standards and participate in implementing a service that supports the clinical needs of patients and is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the HSE.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of the profession of Medical Scientist.
  • Participate in the implementation of operational processes to standards of best practice in order to optimise use of resources.
  • Liaise with other health care professionals as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for the quality of their work and carry out their duties in accordance with hospital policy.
  • Perform analytical testing appropriate to a Haematology/Blood Transfusion laboratory.
  • Perform all activities related to the receipt, analysis and reporting of laboratory specimens.
  • Actively participate in quality management programmes which are patient centred and which measure and audit performance and client satisfaction.
  • Perform assigned work to the highest professional standard in accordance with ISO 15189, and laboratory SOPs.
  • Ensure that procedures are carried out in compliance with international and national guidelines and actively participate in internal and external quality control and quality assurance.
  • Report all anomalies, near misses, non-conformances, incorrect results immediately to appropriate senior staff.
  • Ensure all policies in relation to record keeping are followed.
  • Observe the strictest confidence when dealing with all aspects of patient or hospital information.
  • In co-operation with the Consultant Heads of Department, Chief Medical Scientist and other designated senior staff, participate in the introduction of new ideas and methods according to HSE policy.
  • Participate and co-operate in evaluating and validating equipment, consumables and research and development projects.
  • Carry out the Major Emergency Plan for isolated incidents of multiple trauma as required by hospital policy.

Health & Safety

The Medical Scientist (Staff Grade) will:

  • Implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self, patient and others.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action; report any adverse incidents or near misses.
  • Assist and cooperate with senior staff in procedures aimed at accident prevention in the Laboratory.
  • Adhere to department policies in relation to the care and safety of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of duty.
  • Report any malfunctions or defects in equipment or any such suspicions immediately to the Senior Medical Scientist / Chief Medical Scientist.
  • Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the role for example, Standards for Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc.

Education & Training

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Take responsibility for, and keep up to date with current practice by participating in continuing professional development.
  • Maintain an up-to-date personal training / retraining record in accordance with laboratory policy.
  • Engage in performance review processes including personal development planning as per laboratory policy.
  • Facilitate arrangements in the laboratory area for educating and training scientific, medical personnel and others as appropriate.
  • Co-operate fully with the implementation of new procedures, technologies and IT systems.


The Medical Scientist (Staff Grade) will:

  • Actively participate in the improvement and development of services by liaising with Senior Medical Scientists / Chief Medical Scientist.
  • Be familiar with and duly implement all documented procedures and policies.
  • Participate as required in the registration, custody and stock monitoring of materials held in the laboratory.
  • Participate in the provision of appropriate statistical and management information.
  • Make the most effective use of information technology for both patient care and administrative support.
  • Represent the department at meetings and conferences as designated.
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.

Essential Criteria

Candidates must, on the latest date for receiving application forms for the office:


  • (i) Possess a Bachelor in Science (Applied Science) Honours degree (Biomedical option) from the University of Dublin/Dublin Institute of technology, Kevin Street


  • (ii) Possess a Bachelor in Science Honours degree in Biomedical Science from the joint University College Cork - Cork Institute of Technology course


  • (iii) Possess the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street or the Cork Institute of Technology awarded prior to 1994


  • (iv) Possess the Certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street or the Cork Institute of Technology or the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology (awarded prior to 1997) 


  • (v) Possess a recognised qualification at least equivalent to (i) or (ii) above




(b) Possess membership of, or be eligible for membership of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (MAMLS) or prior to 1997, possess or be eligible for associate membership of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (AMAMLS)




(c) Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.



(d) Possess evidence of certification by CORU or application to CORU



A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.



Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character



Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.



  • Demonstrate significant post qualification experience (desirable) in a Clinical Haematology/Blood Transfusion Laboratory.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Clinical Haematology/Blood Transfusion.


Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements


Communications & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and groups; communicates in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.



Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to participate as a member of the team.


Project Management

Applies disciplines of planning, organising, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of a specific project; applies a project management approach to the delivery of activities and plans.


Problem solving & decision making

Identifies and solves problems by understanding the situation, seeking additional information, developing and weighing alternatives, and choosing the most appropriate course of action given the circumstances.


This Job Description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the position and is subject to regular review and amendment. The role holder will be required to be flexible in this position and is expected to facilitate working additional hours on occasion, when requested.


The RCSI Hospital Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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