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Deputy Head of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) Laboratory for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Band 8c

Ref: 50593982

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing date: 15th March 2017

The Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Regional Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) Laboratory provides a diagnostic and advisory service to medical and other healthcare professionals in support of solid organ, haematopoietic stem cell transplant programmes and disease diagnostic programmes for the population of Northern Ireland.

The laboratory is located on the Belfast City Hospital site within the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion building. The H&I team comprises Clinical Scientists, Biomedical Scientists, Lab Aides and administrative staff. The laboratory is well resourced with up-to-date equipment for HLA typing, antibody profiling and crossmatching.

The laboratory plays a critical role in supporting living and deceased donor renal transplantation programmes. There are consistently over 100 transplants performed annually. In the last five years the number of living donor transplants performed in the Belfast Transplant Centre has increased significantly, and with 70 living donors in 2015/16 this is the third largest living donor transplant programme in the UK. There is a pro-active approach to transplanting highly sensitized individuals with close collaboration with the clinical transplant team. The success of this approach is evident in that Belfast is the only UK centre that has nobody on the active list waiting over 7 years for transplantation. 

Non renal services include haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, transfusion related services and genetic association testing.  A service level agreement exists with the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, in which the laboratory provides a HLA molecular typing service for volunteers associated with the British Bone Marrow donor registry.

We are seeking a Deputy Head of H&I, band 8C who will work alongside the Head for H&I to provide a comprehensive H&I service to medical and other healthcare professionals across Northern Ireland. The laboratory is currently CPA accredited and transitioning to UKAS ISO 15189.

The successful applicant will be responsible for liaising with clinical staff and providing clinical advice and will be expected to participate in the Clinical H&I on-call rota for the deceased donor renal transplant programmes. It is anticipate he/she will also play a key role in the development of the service.

Applications are invited from HCPC registered as a clinical / biomedical scientist with Full part 1 of FRCPath in H&I, with an expectation of completing part 2 of FRCPath in H&I within 3 years from date of interview.

For informal enquiries please contact Elaine Boyle (H&I Lab manager on (+44) 028 950 44529 or email: There will also be an opportunity to liaise with the Interim Clinical Lead upon request.

Interviews are due to be rescheduled for early May 2017. The post will be available with immediate effect following receipt of relevant checks e.g. references, NI access, etc.

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