Basic Grade Medical Scientist - UPMC Whitfield Hospital - UPMC

Basic Grade Medical Scientist – UPMC Whitfield Hospital

Please send a letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Business Partner, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday, 19 December 2021.

Basic Grade Medical Scientist

Based at: UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Waterford
Responsible to: Senior Medical Scientist

The post holder must help in the effective and efficient running of the diagnostic laboratory, adhering to the department’s policies, guidelines and working practice. They must liaise with all laboratory staff to ensure rapid, timely, and accurate reporting of results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To communicate and liaise with all grades of staff within the department.
  • To liaise and maintain a professional and courteous relationship with all users of the service, in particular the scientific, medical, and nursing staff who have the authority to request the department’s services.
  • To inform, explain, and provide written and verbal test results and provide information about investigations to all service users, according to standard protocols and keep accurate laboratory records.
  • To maintain confidentiality and to adhere to the clinic’s policy on patient confidentiality at all times.
  • To be able to use communication skills to encourage, support, and train other staff as required.
  • To provide “on the bench” training to junior staff as and when required.
  • To participate in continuous professional development (CPD) and to maintain and develop a personal portfolio.
  • To undertake suitable training and development programmes to keep “up-to-date” and to successfully acquire core competencies and to maintain those competencies.
  • To undertake annual development review.
  • To take an active part in your own personal development and to record and evaluate the effectiveness of this development through reflective practice.
  • To develop highly specialized knowledge and skills for the performance of particular techniques.
Health, Safety, and Security
  • To ensure that departmental health and safety standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.
  • To take personal responsibility for promoting a safe environment and safe patient care by identifying areas of risk and following the incident, serious incidents, and near misses reporting policy and procedure.
Service Improvement
  • To attend laboratory departmental meetings.
  • To ensure that work in the laboratory is carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • To be able to prioritise and plan workload without direct supervision, including being able to work on-call and out-of-hours unsupervised.
  • To support and train staff to use new methods and techniques.
  • To assist the senior staff with stock maintenance and store-keeping.
  • To develop, implement, record, communicate, and ensure full compliance with all elements of UPMC Whitfield Hospital’s quality management systems to meet the requirements of:
    • The Irish Medicines Board
    • The Irish National Accreditation Board
    • CHKS Accreditation Body.
  • To provide a high-quality clinical laboratory service by having a good knowledge of and adhering to nationally recognised accreditation standards, including participation in internal quality control and external quality assurance schemes.
  • To participate as an integral member of the laboratory team and to monitor and ensure that laboratory resources are used efficiently and effectively and that turnaround times are maintained.
  • To be able to recognise day to day quality problems and assist with the investigation and resolution of laboratory errors.
  • To monitor the quality of work produced by less experienced staff and to maintain and encourage high standards of practice.
  • To ensure the requirements of ISO 15189 and AML BB are met at all times.
Analysis and Judgement
  • To undertake on a daily basis, manual, semi-automated, and fully automated laboratory investigations using a variety of analytical techniques for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.
  • To be responsible for the technical authorisation of results in accordance with laboratory protocols.
  • To be proficient in selecting, in conjunction with scientific and medical staff, appropriate follow-up and confirmatory investigations after primary testing.
  • To interpret laboratory results and accurately and efficiently analyse their significance.
  • To validate assays performed, according to manufacturers’ instructions, quality control, and acceptance criteria.
  • To monitor and ensure the safe and accurate storage of all laboratory records associated with investigations performed.
  • To have the ability to perform all biomedical investigations unsupervised and be able to carry out on-call and out-of-hours duties if required to do so.
  • To recognise and analyse anomalous results and report to senior staff.
  • To use, maintain, calibrate and control a range of specialist laboratory equipment.
  • To monitor the internal quality control data of the equipment and bring to the attention of senior staff, out of range controls.
Research and Development
  • To assist with departmental research and development and with the introduction of new methods and procedures.
  • To assist with the evaluation of new techniques.
  • To be involved in the trial and evaluation of new laboratory equipment.
Information Resources
  • To enter and retrieve all information using the laboratory computer system and to maintain accurate laboratory records using this system.
  • To be familiar and proficient with the use of the information technology systems within the department.

Selection Criteria

  • Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM)-accredited honours degree in biomedical science or ACSLM approved equivalent.
  • Must be a member or be eligible for membership of the ACSLM.
  • Must be registered with CORU or in the process of applying for state registration.
  • At least one year of relevant experience, post-qualification, in a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Experience of using a pathology computer system.
  • Good IT skills are desirable.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Adaptability to changes in healthcare.
  • Initiative and innovation.
  • Stewardship.
  • Excellent self-management skills.
  • Work well within a team environment.
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Good time management skills.

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As UPMC Whitfield Hospital and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the hospital.

Excellent remuneration package available to the successful applicant.

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