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Senior Medical Scientist - Haematology/Blood Transfusion

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 4 days ago(15/09/2021 13:50)
Job ID
2021-1314
# of Openings
1
Category
Health & Social Care Professionals
Closing Date
29/09/2021

Overview

The purpose of the post is to be a member of the senior laboratory management team, be responsible for the quality of work under their supervision and carry out their duties in accordance with laboratory policy.

 

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown is a major teaching hospital providing a range of acute medical and surgical services, day care, outpatient, diagnostic and support services.  Emergency services are provided on a 365-day, 24 hour basis.  Multi-disciplinary teams representative of medical, nursing, allied health professionals, management and general support staff play a pivotal role in the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of these services.  The hospital has a current bed complement of 391 beds.

 

The hospital is affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for medical education, to Dublin City University (DCU) for nursing education and to University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) for allied health professional education

 

The Haematology/Blood Transfusion laboratory is an ISO15189 accredited laboratory which provides a comprehensive range of Haematology/Blood Transfusion services to both the hospital and to General Practitioners in the catchment area.

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

Professional / Clinical

The post holder will :

  • Maintain throughout the Hospital awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Actively participate in the improvement and development of services within the laboratory in liaison with Chief Medical Scientist and Senior Scientific staff.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistence with the Mission and Values of the Hospital
  • Observe the strictest confidence when dealing with all aspects of patient or hospital information
  • Actively participate in Performance management systems which are part of the role
  • Be responsible for the quality of their work and carry out their duties in accordance with hospital policy.
  • Participate in the work of the department sections both routine and specialised Haematology/Blood Transfusion
  • Participate in the work of the Department taking day to day responsibility for planning, prioritising and supervising the work of a section or subsection of the Department in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Ensure the performance of assigned work is to the highest professional standard in accordance with ISO 15189, and laboratory SOPs.
  • Be responsible for performance, maintenance, condition, quality control and record keeping of all instruments within the section. Ensure all equipment malfunctions are investigated, reported and repaired accordingly.
  • Responsible for managing consumables and reagent stocks supplies associated with the section.
  • Contribute to the evaluation, procurement, validation and implementation of new analytical equipment, methods and software.
  • Maintain and improve quality in the department by participating in and facilitating Quality Assurance and Audit, developing documentation including Policies and Procedures and SOPs to ISO 15189 standards.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings particularly in relation to assessment of performance, development of the service and organisational changes. Contribute to effective communication within the department.
  • Actively participate in continuing professional development, education and research activities as appropriate to the development of their section/laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Ensure all policies in relation to record keeping are followed
  • Undertake suitable training and development programmes as required and maintain the required standards of competence when undertaking duties.
  • Be familiar with electronic information systems in place & under development and be familiar with and proficient in the use of the information technology systems within the department.
  • Be familiar with the Health & Safety policies of the HSE and the department and ensure that they are followed to maintain a safe working environment for all employees and visitors.
  • Co-operate with Consultants, Chief Medical Scientist and other designated senior staff, and proactively 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.
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines and re-prioritise work proactively as required
  • Behave at all times in a manner appropriate to your profession and the obligations and constraints of the post, including an awareness of the primacy of the patient, maintaining patient confidentiality and relating to patients, clients and other stakeholders in an understanding and sympathetic way.
  • Carry out the Major Emergency Plan for isolated incidents of multiple trauma as required by hospital policy.

Staff Management

 The post holder will :

  • Manage and supervise basic grade, support staff and trainees within the department
  • Supervise and ensure competence of staff to carry out procedures
  • Promote a culture of learning by participating and assisting in continuous professional development of self and others.
  • Design and deliver training to staff within the department to support the training of new and existing medical scientists, student medical scientists and laboratory aides working in their section. Document staff training.
  • Promote healthy working relationships and a professional, punctual and dedicated team
  • Facilitate open communication within the department and to other hospital and user sectors
  • Ensure that the laboratory standard operating procedures and health and safety policies are understood and carried out by all staff.
  • Participate fully as a team member, sharing knowledge and information and supporting colleagues to promote a cohesive laboratory team and the achievement of team objectives.

Health & Safety

The post holder 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.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (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.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

 Education & Training

 The post holder will :

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes and CORU membership.
  • 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

 Administrative

 The post holder will :

  • Actively participate in the improvement and development of services with the Lab Manager, Chief Medical Scientist and Senior Medical Scientists in collaboration with the Consultants.
  • 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 have at the latest date of application: 


1. Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc

 

Category A:

(i) Individuals who qualified before the 31st March 2019 and have not engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland must:

 

OR

 

(ii) Individuals who qualified before the 31st March 2019 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession for less than 2 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), in the Republic of Ireland between 31st March 2014 and 30th March 2019 must:


(a) Possess a qualification approved by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU see https://www.coru.ie/about-us/registration-boards/medical-scientists-registration-board/apply-for-registration/

OR

 

(b) Hold a comparable qualification recognised by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU.

 

OR

 

(c) Submit proof to the HSE of their application for recognition of their qualifications from the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU by a date specified by the HSE. (HBS Recruit or recruiting unit will specify this date, generally pre interview date).


OR

 

(d) Hold a qualification previously recognised by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) (formerly the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science) up to 31st March 2019.


AND

(e) Possess one of the following NFQ Level 9 post graduate qualifications:

  • MSc Clinical Laboratory Science, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • MSc Clinical Chemistry, University of Dublin, Trinity College.
  • MSc Biomedical Science, University of Ulster.
  • MSc Biomedical Science, Cork Institute of Technology / University College Cork.
  • MSc Molecular Pathology, Dublin Institute of Technology / University of Dublin, Trinity College.

OR

 

(f) An equivalent qualification at minimum Level 9 validated by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).

 

OR


(g) Have attained the Fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine awarded before July 2018.

 

OR


(h) Have attained the Fellowship examination of the Institute of Biomedical Science (Awarded prior to 1999).

 

AND

 

(i) Possess four years full time clinical experience (or an aggregate of four years’ full time clinical experience) as a medical scientist in a clinical diagnostic laboratory since qualifying as a medical scientist.

 

AND

(j) Demonstrate evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

 

AND

 

(k) Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


Category B:


Individuals who qualified before the 31st March 2019 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland for a minimum of 2 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), between 31st March 2014 and 30th March 2019 must:


(a) Hold a qualification recognised by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU see https://www.coru.ie/about-us/registration-boards/medical-scientists-registration-board/apply-for-registration/

OR

 

(b) Hold a qualification previously recognised by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) (formerly the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science) up to 31st March 2019.

AND

 

(c) Possess one of the following NFQ Level 9 post graduate qualifications:

  • MSc Clinical Laboratory Science, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • MSc Clinical Chemistry, University of Dublin, Trinity College.
  • MSc Biomedical Science, University of Ulster.
  • MSc Biomedical Science, Cork Institute of Technology / University College Cork.
  • MSc Molecular Pathology, Dublin Institute of Technology / University of Dublin, Trinity College.

OR

 

(d) An equivalent qualification at minimum Level 9 validated by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).

 

OR

 

(e) Have attained the Fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine awarded before July 2018.

 

OR

 

(f) Have attained the Fellowship examination of the Institute of Biomedical Science (Awarded prior to 1999).

 

AND

 

(g) Possess four years full time clinical experience (or an aggregate of four years’ full time clinical experience) as a medical scientist in a clinical diagnostic laboratory since qualifying as a medical scientist.

AND

 

(h) Demonstrate evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

AND


(i)Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


2. Registration on the Medical Scientists register;


Category A
Appointees who failed to achieve the necessary registration on the Medical Scientists Register maintained by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU cannot continue in the role of a Medical Scientist beyond the 30th March 2021.

 

Category B
Appointees must have applied for registration with CORU by the 30th March 2021 to continue in the role of a Medical Scientist beyond the 30th March 2021.

 

3. Annual registration
On appointment, practitioners must maintain live annual registration on the Medical Scientists Register maintained by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU.

 

4. Health
Candidates 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.

 

5. Character

Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

 

6. Age

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 on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.

 

Post Specific Requirements

  • Demonstrate experience of wide experience and knowledge of Haematology and Blood Transfusion science as relevant to the role.

  • The successful candidate participate in the extended working day (8am to 8pm weekdays) and on the laboratory on-call roster

Skills & Competencies

Technical and 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

 

Resource Management

Manages and utilises the organisation’s resources in the most effective manner to maximise the value for money proposition and to identify costs savings where possible.

 

Leadership & Management

Manages performance to deliver team goals; demonstrates accountability for leading, directing, monitoring and evaluating RCSI Hospital Group services. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Promotes confidence and positive attitude; influences others to follow a common goal.

 

Commitment to Quality & Risk Management

The ability to focus on understanding stackholder’s needs and expectations and to respond effectively and efficiently to them.   Has a good knowledge of and is committed to offer a quality service through the achievement of goals, accreditation standards, other organisation/department standards and risk management frameworks and guidelines.

 

Analytical Skills

Uses a logical reasoning process to break down and analyse information and data to support effective decision making and other related processes.

 

Communication & 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.

 

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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