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Medical Scientist – Microbiology - Permanent and Specified Purpose Full and Part Time

Job Locations Connolly Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(22/09/2022 12:37)
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In co-operation with the Senior Scientist, clinical staff, consultants and the Chief Medical Scientist, the post holder will participate in the delivery of a quality laboratory service that supports the clinical needs of Connolly Hospital’s patients and is consistent with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan of the organisation.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals

  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9
  • Cavan General Hospital, Cavan
  • Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • Louth County Hospital, Dundalk,
  • Monaghan General Hospital, Monaghan
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
  • Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 15

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.


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 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 Institute of Technology for allied health professional education.


Connolly Hospital is one of 8 hospitals in the RCSI Hospitals Group covering a population of over 800,000 people.  Connolly Hospital’s Catchment Population of over 331,000 covers Dublin West, North Kildare and South Meath.

Key Responsibilities

Scientific / Professional


The Medical Scientist, Staff Grade (Microbiology) 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.
  • Liaise with other health care professionals as appropriate.
  • Perform analytical testing appropriate to a regional Microbiology laboratory.
  • Perform all activities related to the receipt, analysis and reporting of laboratory specimens.
  • Perform assigned work to the highest professional standard in accordance with ISO 15189, ISO 17025 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.
  • Be familiar with and duly implement all documented procedures and policies of the Microbiology department.
  • Be responsible for their own work and carry out their duties in accordance with laboratory and hospital policy.
  • Report all anomalies, near misses, non-conformances, incorrect results immediately to appropriate senior staff.
  • Ensure all policies in relation to record keeping are followed.
  • Evaluate reagents, equipment, consumable items as required.
  • Carry out procedures according to laboratory policy and use resources to the maximum efficiency.
  • Observe strict confidentiality when dealing with all aspects of patient or hospital information.
  • In co-operation with the Consultant Heads of Department, Laboratory Manager, 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 research and development projects.
  • Be familiar with and respond accordingly to the activation of the Major Emergency Plan.


Health & Safety


The Medical Scientist, Staff Grade (Microbiology) will:


  • Be familiar with the duties of an employee in accordance with health & safety legislation and carry out all duties in a manner that ensures their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Co-operate fully with all infection control procedures.  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 and comply with associated HSE protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action; report any adverse incidents or near misses


Education & Training


The Medical Scientist, Staff Grade (Microbiology) will:

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Participate in training as required to maintain their competence in all practices and procedures.
  • Participate in the training of others and in creating and promoting healthy working relationships.
  • 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 (Microbiology) 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.


The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Essential Criteria

Each candidate must at the latest date of application:

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.




i) Possess a Bachelor in Science (Applied Science) Honours degree (Biomedical option) from the University of Dublin/Dublin Institute of technology (now Technological University, Dublin), 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 Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) or, prior to 1997, possess or be eligible for associate membership of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).



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



d)  All applicants from must be eligible for state registration through CORU.


Applications are welcome from final year students in the three Biomedical Science courses listed who will achieve ACSLM/CORU membership in 2022.

  1. 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.

  1. Health

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.

  1. Character

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

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 standardsand continuous professional development requirements.



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.


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.


Communication and 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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