Bracknell Lighthouse Lab - Deputy Lead Scientist

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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Competitive salary
17 Nov 2020
27 Nov 2020
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The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that following our recent CQC inspection we have maintained our rating of 'Good'. The CQC reported a strong patient-centred culture with a staff committed to keeping their patients safe and encouraging them to be independent. In return patients and relatives spoke highly of the staff and how they were informed of treatment plans, and how these would affect them.

This is a great opportunity to join our clinical or non-clinical teams to create a positive and motivating environment within our trust. Come and join our team in this exciting time of change as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we put our patients at the heart of every element of health and care that we provide. The Trust works together as a community to deliver its vision which is "Working together to provide outstanding care for our community."

We are Compassionate in our thoughts, words and actions

We are Aspirational and have a true desire to be dynamic and to innovate

We are Resourceful and responsible in the way we work and live

We are Excellent in our development, fairness and sharing best practice

Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people......why don't you come and join us.......

The COVID-19 pandemic affects all our communities, now is the time for us to come together to truly make a difference. To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly expanded its laboratory capacity and staffing. As a result a new COVID-19 Lighthouse Testing Laboratory will be opening in Bracknell. The laboratory will be managed by Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services, which is the first to be run by the NHS. BSPS is a large and established pathology network operating across Royal Berkshire, Royal Surrey, Frimley Health and Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts.

We are currently recruiting for Deputy Lead Scientists to help us achieve our target of running tens of thousands of tests every day.

As an experienced scientist in molecular/virology fields, the post holder is expected to use their knowledge and skills and act with a degree of autonomy in providing a COVID-19 testing service. Working in close liaison with the Clinical Lead, the post holder will be responsible for the day to day management of staff and resources within the department. The post holder will provide technical lead and expertise within the department and will assist the Lead Scientist in facilitating the organisation and management of all technical work within the specialty.

The post holder will be required to:
  • Be responsible for the day to day operation and staff management within the department, ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of a quality specialist service, managing deficiencies of resources where necessary, under the overall direction of the Lead Scientist
  • Perform all appropriate technical procedures in use within the department and to take the necessary steps in dealing with all technical operational problems which arise, reporting to the Lead Scientist according to departmental practice
  • Record and disseminate detailed workload statistical analysis
  • Take overall responsibility for service performance in the area of quality control (external and internal). To play key role in ensuring compliant accreditation documentation and to ensure appropriate compliance by subordinate staff under the guidance of the Lead Scientist and in conjunction with relevant Quality staff
  • Perform local induction of all laboratory staff and to facilitate corporate induction in line with policies
  • Manage staff leave and sickness absence in line with protocols and Trust policies

Successful candidates need to have a Biomedical Science / Medical Microbiology / Virology or equivalent academic qualification alongside significant management experience. It is desirable to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and be a member of FIBMS.

Candidates are required to have extensive relevant specialist laboratory experience, preferably molecular or virology, with the relevant knowledge of laboratory computer systems. There is a requirement for a good grasp of Health & Safety issues, COSHH, ISO & quality issues as well as stock management. Previous management experience is required with a proven track record of conducting staff appraisals, supervision and training.

It is essential to have the ability to communicate clearly with precise attention to detail. It is important to be able to work under own initiative and without direct supervision within responsibilities of role.

The laboratory will be operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week; therefore successful candidates need to be able to work on a shift pattern.

In return you will be offered:
  • Full time employment, 37.5 hours per week
  • Secure environment of a fixed term contract until 31st December 2021
  • Additional benefits of working with the NHS
  • Be part of something special - this is the first Lighthouse Lab run by the NHS
  • Sense of pride that you are supporting the nation and NHS in the fight against COVID

The host employing organisation will be Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The laboratory will be based at Bracknell Healthspace, Brants Bridge, Bracknell.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Please email

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As part of our development programme, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Henley Business School, Reading, offer a 3 year BA (Hons) in Applied Management. As a Trust, we are delighted to offer such prestigious programme which is accredited with Chartered Management Institutes . We are the only NHS Trust offering this programme and it is a unique opportunity for our staff. Normal application and acceptance process will apply for staff who want to undertake this course.

All new appointments, with the exception of executive positions and all medical & dental staff, are subject to a probationary period.

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