Principal Clinical Scientist, UK NEQAS (Edinburgh)

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Job Description

Location: The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Department: Laboratory Medicine

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Lothian

Job closing date: 22/01/2021

Job posted date: 24/11/2020

Salary: Agenda for Change Band 8A (£47,480 to £53,414 per annum)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Healthcare Sciences

Hours of work: 37.5hrs per week

Lothian Additional Information

037591 Lothian Person Specification

037591 Lothian Job Description

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Applications are invited for the above post in the National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) Centre in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. The UK NEQAS Centre is one of several in the UK providing audit of laboratory performance to underpin good patient care. The Centre’s work includes audit in the areas of endocrinology, oncology, maternal serum screening for Down’s syndrome and pregnancy testing, for both UK and non-UK laboratories. More details of the Centre’s activities can be found at

This post is a key position in the Centre’s team of five staff, and the post-holder would be expected to serve as deputy to the Centre’s director. In addition to planning scheme activities and day-to-day management of their implementation, the post holder will liaise with a wide range of colleagues including those in participating laboratories, the diagnostic industry, other UK NEQAS Centres and accreditation agencies. They should be able to represent the views of the Centre at local, regional and national levels and be prepared to travel more widely if required.

Applicants should have a background in providing a diagnostic service, coupled with an interest in research into the use of audit data to promote improved outcomes for patients. They should ideally be registered with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist, but those nearing completion of their State Registration are welcome to apply. The close association between the UK NEQAS centre and the Department of Laboratory Medicine provides opportunities for applicants wishing to further their interest in diagnostic laboratory work, and CPD. The post may be available at Agenda for Change Band 7.

NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***

For further information on what is included in the role and what skills/experience are being looked for, click on the links at the bottom of the screen to the job description and person specification. If after reading this information you have any questions please contact Dr Cathie Sturgeon to discuss if wished. Tel: 0131 242 6885; e-mail