Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a responsible and self-motivated HCPC registered scientist to join the laboratory team within the Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Programme.

The team has 9 scientists who are all involved in the processing, storage, and distribution of cellular therapy products for patients undergoing transplantation.

A rigorous quality management system is in place to ensure that the facility operates within national and international legislation, and provides the best possible care to patients and donors.

Main duties of the job

As part of this small dedicated team, the post holder will be required to work in a clean-room environment to process bone marrow, stem cells and other cellular therapy products for patient transplant.

The post holder will be required to maintain at all times the high standards and quality of this highly regulated service and keep an up to date knowledge of Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation Biology, and current working practices in those areas.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:

  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street
  • We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women’s health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

    We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    UCLH is one of the largest Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplant centres in Europe. We perform over 400 transplants per year, provide vital services for UK bone marrow transplant registries and are actively involved in many clinical trials utilising CAR-T therapies.

    For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

    Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

    UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    *In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

    UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

    Person Specification

    Knowledge and Qualifications

    Essential

  • Degree in biological/medical science
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunities and Data Protection/Confidentiality
  • Desirable

  • Knowledge of regulatory bodies including the HTA and JACIE
  • Experience

    Essential

  • Relevant experience in same or similar specialty
  • Experience of laboratory information systems
  • Experience in audit and evaluation of practice and service
  • Desirable

  • Cleanroom working and monitoring experience
  • Skills and Abilities

    Essential

  • Use of haematology analysers and flow cytometry
  • Cellular therapy product cryopreservation / manipulation
  • Competent in the interpretation and technical validation of results including the investigation of abnormal outcomes
  • Good computer skills
  • Desirable

  • Technical problem solving equipment failure, Quality Control failure
  • Communication

    Essential

  • Clear communication of complex information including results and advice to other health professionals
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive information
  • Personal and People Development

    Essential

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, able to organise and manage own workload
  • Work well as a team member
  • Reliable, trustworthy, flexible and self-motivated
  • Specific Requirements

    Essential

  • Required to work a hour week
  • Work for long periods in a cleanroom environment
  • Desirable

  • Physical strength to move some heavy items of equipment