Consultant Chemical Pathologist/Clinical Biochemist

Brighton, East Sussex
£84,559 - £114,003
11 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for an ambitious, enthusiastic, and highly motivated clinician to join our senior chemical pathology team, alongside 4.6 WTE clinical scientists and a consultant immunologist. You will work collaboratively with our strong clinical, scientific, and laboratory teams to actively lead and develop the chemical pathology service. This is a full-time (10 PA) replacement consultant post. You will lead the delivery of diagnostic and clinical chemical pathology services for UHSx.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is a major trauma centre and regional teaching hospital. The Brighton campus includes the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. The main Chemical Pathology laboratory is sited at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, with a smaller laboratory at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. Special interests within the department include lipids, automation and analytical techniques, toxicology, renal calculi, tandem mass spectrometry, first trimester fetal anomaly screening, and diagnostic immunology. The department has well-developed clinical services for patients with lipid disorders. Support will be provided for you to develop diagnostic and clinical services appropriate to your particular expertise and interests, in collaboration with the new larger department post-merger. The department has UKAS accreditation (surveillance visit currently pending) and is an accredited training department with the National School of Healthcare Science for the STP programme and with the IBMS for training of Biomedical Scientists.

UHSx is an organisation with a strong commitment to clinical excellence, high-quality patient experience, staff development, partnership, innovation, and growth. We are currently part way through a major 9-year project known as ‘3Ts’ (Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary care) to completely re-develop the site at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and expand the scope of our activities. The investment in infrastructure supports Pathology to develop diagnostic services and to support collaborative working with key partners, including Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, Public Health England, WSHT, and commercial partners. Through these relationships, UHSx Pathology offers opportunities in clinical development, teaching, research, and development. The forthcoming merger with WSHT and advanced network discussions with our partners to the East of the County provide excellent opportunities for the expansion of diagnostic and clinical services.

The role is to lead the delivery and development of a comprehensive clinical biochemistry service for all users of the laboratory, in a team-based approach in conjunction with consultant and clinical scientist colleagues based at UHSx. You must be committed to quality improvement, take a lead role in clinical liaison and audit, and have a commitment to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Recognising the national drive towards further development of Pathology networking in England, as set out by NHS Improvement in September 2017, you must have attributes, skills, and experience that will make a positive contribution to collaborative working across the proposed network south 7.

Please refer to the person specification in the job description with regards to CCT requirements.

In the interest of equal opportunities, we want to make sure that information about candidates is provided in the same format, so all applicants should fill in the standard application form on the NHS Jobs website and attach their CV.

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Prospective candidates are encouraged to telephone in the first instance, and then arrange to visit.

Closing date: 1pm on 1 December 2021.