Job summary

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Pathology department are excited to be recruiting multiple Medical Laboratory Assistant positions to work within Pre-Analytics, Haematology and Chemical Pathology. We have positions available on both a full time and part time basis as well as opportunities to fit with your availability.

These opportunities are pivotal roles within the Pathology department and the successful Medical laboratory Assistant’s play an active role in the support of the Clinical Biochemistry Department, Haematology and Pre-Analytics. Our laboratories provide analytical and clinical interpretive services to the health community in Gloucestershire, including all inpatients/outpatients in the Acute and community hospitals and all GP surgeries

As the Medical Laboratory Assistant, you will be supporting our Practitioners in the provision of an effective, 24/7 high quality service. To undertake a range of pre-analytical tasks which will assist with the team being able to process in excess of 3000 samples per day.

We are look for someone with a good level of basic education who is enthusiastic to work in an NHS laboratory. Whether it is a career change, or a desire to work in healthcare, we are interested in having you aboard.If you’re looking to start your journey in Healthcare apply today for immediate consideration.

Main duties of the job

You will unpack a range of blood samples, recognise and fast-track urgent samples.

The main focus of the role is to input test requests onto the computer system with a high degree of accuracy and to barcode label samples as they arrive into the department.

When working on the urgent bench you will need Performing all routine and non-routine tasks required prior to sample analysis, including the setup and routine operation of complex pre and post analytical equipment.Input request details accurately into the laboratory computer system.

To check sample type and volume to ensure all samples are suitable for the tests requested. Undertake routine maintenance and disinfection procedures.

Handle telephone enquiries.

Assist the Referral Test Manager & PA to Senior Scientific Staff with the daily specimen referral service.

The personal qualities we are looking for include;

Excellent communication skills.

Organised with attention to detail.

Able to follow procedure and instruction

Understands own limitations and is not afraid to ask for help when needed.

Flexible and able to demonstrate initiative.

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Friendly and enthusiastic team player with good demonstrable interpersonal skills.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

The Chemical Pathology Department provides a UKAS accredited analytical and clinical interpretive service to support over 600,000 individuals within the health community in Gloucestershire, including all inpatients/outpatients (in the acute and community hospitals) and all GP practices. We process over 900,000 patient requests (7 million tests) per annum and provide a 24 hrs per day 365 days per year service.We are a hard working team focused on improving patient outcomes and delivering high quality and fast turnaround times for all patient test requests.

Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 2

Salary

£20,270 to £21,318 a year pa pr

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number

318-23-R10471

Job locations

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Great Western Road

Gloucester

GL1 3NN

Job description

Job responsibilities

To receive and unpack a range of blood samples and other sample types

To check correct sample type and check sample labeling in accordance with Pathology laboratory policies and standard operating procedures (SOP) and take appropriate action for non-compliances.

To recognise, prioritise and fast-track urgent samples to ensure minimal delay to patient treatment and waiting times.

To prepare samples for analysis by barcode labelling, where appropriate, centrifugation, preparation of aliquots (tapping-off), measurement of sample volume e.g., urine, check Ph of urine samples and as required add acid or alkaline to urine specimens. Distribute samples to the appropriate section for analysis.

To prepare samples for dispatch to other sites in accordance with postal regulations and Health and Safety regulations, including samples requiring special transport conditions.To liaise with Portering services staff and drivers to arrange appropriate transportation.

Input test requests, including tests, patient demographics, requesting clinician and location for report onto the laboratory information system (LIMS) in a timely fashion in order to maintain efficient workflow and laboratory turnaround times and taking into account the urgency of the request.

To perform regular equipment maintenance (e.g., centrifuge cleaning, weekly and monthly tasks) and keep accurate maintenance records.

To monitor stock levels of laboratory consumables and reagents, replacing low levels, notifying appropriate staff of items requiring re-ordering.

Act as the first point of contact for the Pre-Analytical Area dealing with diverse and complex telephone enquiries from a variety of sources in a professional and polite manner and act appropriately upon information given. (This may range from requests for support, request for results, to being the first point of contact for complaints).Maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment in accordance with Departmental Health and Safety Policies and protocols.To monitor the temperature of all refrigerators and freezers under the control of the Department to ensure the correct storage of blood and reagents and sample conditions for analysis.

To remove units of blood and blood products no longer required for patient treatment from satellite blood banks throughout the Hospital to prevent wastage.

To enter test results received from hospital sites out of county, into dedicated software application.Receive a variety of trial samples, which require complex preparation prior to storage or

Job description

Job responsibilities

To receive and unpack a range of blood samples and other sample types

To check correct sample type and check sample labeling in accordance with Pathology laboratory policies and standard operating procedures (SOP) and take appropriate action for non-compliances.

To recognise, prioritise and fast-track urgent samples to ensure minimal delay to patient treatment and waiting times.

To prepare samples for analysis by barcode labelling, where appropriate, centrifugation, preparation of aliquots (tapping-off), measurement of sample volume e.g., urine, check Ph of urine samples and as required add acid or alkaline to urine specimens. Distribute samples to the appropriate section for analysis.

To prepare samples for dispatch to other sites in accordance with postal regulations and Health and Safety regulations, including samples requiring special transport conditions.To liaise with Portering services staff and drivers to arrange appropriate transportation.

Input test requests, including tests, patient demographics, requesting clinician and location for report onto the laboratory information system (LIMS) in a timely fashion in order to maintain efficient workflow and laboratory turnaround times and taking into account the urgency of the request.

To perform regular equipment maintenance (e.g., centrifuge cleaning, weekly and monthly tasks) and keep accurate maintenance records.

To monitor stock levels of laboratory consumables and reagents, replacing low levels, notifying appropriate staff of items requiring re-ordering.

Act as the first point of contact for the Pre-Analytical Area dealing with diverse and complex telephone enquiries from a variety of sources in a professional and polite manner and act appropriately upon information given. (This may range from requests for support, request for results, to being the first point of contact for complaints).Maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment in accordance with Departmental Health and Safety Policies and protocols.To monitor the temperature of all refrigerators and freezers under the control of the Department to ensure the correct storage of blood and reagents and sample conditions for analysis.

To remove units of blood and blood products no longer required for patient treatment from satellite blood banks throughout the Hospital to prevent wastage.

To enter test results received from hospital sites out of county, into dedicated software application.Receive a variety of trial samples, which require complex preparation prior to storage or

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Good basic education including numeracy skills.
  • Able physically to perform the role – requires ability to lift, bend and be flexible when undertaking a variety of tasks.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience working within a well organised team
  • Able to work a number of late shifts in a week
  • Must be capable of working with little supervision under own initiative.
  • Demonstrate well rounded personality, calm disposition and good attitude to work.

Desirable

  • Working in a role which shows attention to detail

Knowledge / Skills

Essential

  • Demonstrate IT literacy, e.g. Microsoft Office, Outlook, familiar with internet searches
  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Demonstrate a good health record

Desirable

  • To be able to interpret and critically assess detailed information.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Good basic education including numeracy skills.
  • Able physically to perform the role – requires ability to lift, bend and be flexible when undertaking a variety of tasks.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience working within a well organised team
  • Able to work a number of late shifts in a week
  • Must be capable of working with little supervision under own initiative.
  • Demonstrate well rounded personality, calm disposition and good attitude to work.

Desirable

  • Working in a role which shows attention to detail

Knowledge / Skills

Essential

  • Demonstrate IT literacy, e.g. Microsoft Office, Outlook, familiar with internet searches
  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Demonstrate a good health record

Desirable

  • To be able to interpret and critically assess detailed information.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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