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Medical Director

NHS National Services Scotland
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
£87,534 - £116,313
Closing date
17 Jun 2022

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Salary scale: Consultant £87,534 - £116,313
Location: Jack Copland Centre, Edinburgh

This post attracts a Level 3 Management Allowance, currently
£19,696 per annum

An exciting role within Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will play a crucial role in ensuring that Scotland has a sufficient, safe and effective blood, tissue and cell supply and in providing strong leadership for clinical staff within the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS).

The core vision of SNBTS is to build on our strong foundation as a trusted partner, anticipating the needs of the people of Scotland by expanding our range of life-giving blood products, tissues and innovative advanced therapies, in order to transform lives. SNBTS is the vital connection linking Scotland’s donors to patients in need. As an integral part of National Services Scotland (NSS) and HSScotland, we deliver excellence by understanding and responding to the changing needs of our stakeholders.

NSS supports customers to deliver their services more efficiently and effectively. We offer shared services on a national scale using best-in-class systems and standards. Our aim is to help our customers save money and free up resources so they can be re-invested into essential services.

The post carries a broad remit, including overall responsibility for clinical governance, line management of the senior Medical and Clinical Scientist staff and making an active contribution to the development of Scottish, UK and European Union and international health care policy in respect of transfusion and transplantation medicine and science.

This post reports to the Director of SNBTS and has professional accountability to the NSS Medical Director. As a member of the SNBTS Senior Management the post holder is primarily responsible for ensuring the sufficiency, quality and safety of the products and services provided by SNBTS, delivering quality improvement with a focus on added value, and sharing corporate responsibility for the financial, workforce and environmental sustainability of the organisation. This will include a central role in driving forward a culture of change, innovation and service transformation over the coming 5 years.

This is a challenging and highly rewarding position; providing professional leadership, direction and line management to the senior SNBTS Medical and Clinical Scientist staff, applying the values of NSS and demonstrating a determination to place donors and patients at the centre of SNBTS’s work.

The Medical Director will play a key role in ensuring effective and productive relationships with key external stakeholders including NHSScotland colleagues, Scottish Government, UK Blood Services and other professional bodies.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a PVG Scheme/Disclosure Scotland check. Any candidate who have lived/worked overseas for more than 12 months in the preceding 5 years will also be required to provide a criminal record check from the appropriate overseas agency.

Candidates must have current GMC registration at the time of applying.

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • be fully registered with the General Medical Council and have a licence
  • to practice in the UK or the ability to achieve this within six months
  • On the Specialist Register for a relevant speciality
  • MBChB or equivalent
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Pathologists
  • of equivalent postgraduate medical qualifications
  • MD or PhD desirable
  • Clinical experience in haematology and transfusion medicine
  • Experience of clinical governance and quality improvement
  • A demonstrable track record of success in medical leadership and influence
  • Experience of strategic health planning and influence within governmental
  • healthcare planning
  • Experienced and effective communication
  • Experience of undergraduate/postgraduate education and training
  • Experience of clinical and academic research to a demonstrable level
  • of excellence
  • Record of past achievements in their field of expertise, e.g. respected
  • publications of national or international repute

The post holder is expected to lead by example at all times, demonstrate the highest standards of personal and professional conduct that support the NSS Values and Behaviours and respect the diversity that makes up a complex multi-disciplinary workforce.

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Marc Turner, Director of SNBTS,

To apply, please click the apply button.

Closing date for completed applications is 17 June 2022

Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

Further information on NSS is available from:

NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer
and as a committed participant in the disability confident scheme,
guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the
minimum criteria for our vacancies

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