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Head of Clinical Microbiology

Job details
Posting date: 17 June 2024
Salary: £67,355.00 to £80,716.00 per year
Additional salary information: £67355.00 - £80716.00 a year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 25 June 2024
Location: Guernsey, GY4 6UU
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: K0005-24-0120


Manage all grades of staff within the Clinical Microbiology team including: Recruitment, selection and staff planning Training and competency assessment Staff appraisal and professional performance monitoring Probationary reviews Lead departmental meeting or delegate where appropriate Direct appropriate CPD in accordance with reflective practice, career development and succession planning. Deliver a clinically appropriate Clinical Microbiology service in accordance with all relevant Clinical Governance procedures and bodies: Responsible for the delivery of a full diagnostic Clinical Microbiology service on behalf of the Health and Social Care Committee To prepare and maintain departmental standard operating procedures and policies using the Q-Pulse governance platform. Ensure all work is carried out in accordance with these procedures and where necessary ensure dissemination to the wider organisation and service users. Where policy or procedure does not exist act independently using knowledge and experience and provide leadership to colleagues in accordance with professional codes of conduct. Regularly participate in all aspects of the Clinical Microbiology service. Ensure that the working environment is safe for all staff. Ensure that all equipment and materials are available for scientific staff to carry out specimen analysis and interpretation. Ensure that all specialist equipment is regularly maintained along with supporting documentation. Troubleshooting of faulty specialist equipment to ensure continuity of service Responsible for operation and maintenance of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). This facilitates availability of diagnostic test results to the wider organisation and other key stakeholders. Interpret complex results and make technical recommendations to clinical colleagues where a range of options may be available. Ensure provision and support the delivery of a robust paediatric post mortem service. Responsible for off-island referral for specialist testing. This involves suitable choice of service provider, transport, tracking, local reporting and audit of these cases. Deal with complex complaints to the Clinical Microbiology department. Deal with complex clinical incidents involving the Clinical Microbiology department Develop policy and strategy for the Clinical Microbiology department: Engage with service users and act with freedom and autonomy to promote the department. This may involve face to face meeting or written communication. Monitor technical developments within the field of Clinical Microbiology and make recommendations where appropriate for service changes and/or enhancements. Production of detailed business cases for various interested groups exercising judgment to balance clinical, fiscal and technical competing demands. Present strategy and business cases to large groups including, corporate management and finance where responses may be hostile for contentious issues such as transformational initiatives. Undertake appropriate research to underpin the implementation of new policies or tests Implement policy and strategy for the Clinical Microbiology department: Manage and implement appropriate quality assurance schemes to ensure accuracy of clinical reporting frameworks. Maintain quality documentation for Clinical Microbiology department in conjunction with this activity. Oversee and ensure continuous development of diagnostic testing portfolio/repertoire. Validation of new tests. Educate staff and service users on technical developments within the department. Where implementation of departmental policy and procedure impact other operational areas, provide direction and training oversight. Develop and maintain multifaceted relationships with all key service stakeholders. These relationships require the ability to provide detailed information and may require; negotiation, persuasiveness, motivational and reassurance skills: Provide information and training in an appropriate format, (written reports, verbalpresentations, information leaflets etc...) to all key service stakeholders ensuring that complex and difficult technical information is understood. Monitor the demands on the service and provide regular updates to the chief scientist, senior management team (director level) and key stakeholders. Provide advice and technical interpretation of sensitive and complex results. Provide advice and guidance to healthcare practitioners on appropriate testing where testing is contentious or complex provide certainty and reassurance. Attend and contribute to Pathology leadership and governance meetings. Be responsible for the operational budget and physical resourcing of the department: Hold budget for Clinical Microbiology consumables. Negotiate and set target budgets for service taking into account all aspects of service delivery including through business case development. Negotiate internally for capital procurement. Balance stock against budget. Authorise direct reports out of hours (on-call) and expense claims. Authorise appropriate use of overtime where necessary. Contribute to the wider goals of Pathology as part of the Pathology management team: Contribute effectively and assist the Chief Scientist to develop policy and strategy for Pathology. Promote the wider Pathology department with internal and external stake holders. Attend wider leadership meetings and strategic policy groups for HSC as requested. Maintain a strong working partnership with numerous departments and support the Multi-Disciplinary Team: Provide clinical and epidemiological data to the Public Health directorate as required. The data must be produced in usable formats and with technical interpretations where required. Monitor local disease and antibiotic resistance trends and report to IPACT and PH on a regular basis and during times of increased concern such as Influenza season. Work out of hours as part of the Pathology on-call service: Work independently across different disciplines within pathology. Deal with high pressure situations where specimen analysis is urgent to patient care Communicate effectively with other professional colleagues. The nature of emergency services is likely to involve highly stressful situations requiring the ability to prioritise workloads and report results in an accurate and timely manner. Provide and receive complex and sensitive information and if appropriate provide guidance/recommendation on reflex testing. Personal training and development: Maintain a high level of personal CPD including evidence of reflective practice in accordance with HCPC and IBMS guidelines. Link with annual appraisal & objectives. Monitor technical developments within the field of Clinical Microbiology and contribute to laboratory meetings with ideas and suggestions for development