NHS Shetland
Shetland Islands
12 Nov 2019
12 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Biomedical Scientist

Transfusion/Haematology (Ref: 6050)

required for the Shetland Islands to provide services to the mainland population and the outlying islands - are you interested in practising in an area of outstanding natural beauty?

Full Time, 37.5 hours per week

Band 7 - Salary in range £37,570- £44,688 per annum plus Distant Island Allowance of £1,841 per annum

Excellent relocation package of up to £8,000

NHS Shetland has an opening for a Head of Transfusion with experience in, or an interest in, Haematology. The position is in the Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick. Serving a population of circa 24k and processing circa 100k samples per annum. The laboratory has a close working relationship with Grampian University Healthcare Trust in Aberdeen and NHS Orkney.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical diagnostic team offering a service to our small, remote and rural 51 bedded hospital and 10 health centres, you effectively run the day to day operations of theTransfusion section, ensure compliance with MHRA and supervise the Haematology area. As a rural remote lab there is a limited but essential transfusion service but plenty of opportunities to learn multi-discipline pathology alongside the "island medics".

Registered as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC, you will have an appropriate degree or equivalent experience suitable for MHRA compliance and a Band 7 role. Band appointment will be based on previous experience. After training, you will be required to participate in the multi-disciplinary out of hours roster, and lone working on rostered weekend days.

Shetland is a wonderful place to live and work. Shetland offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, great leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery, whilst still only a short flight away from the UK mainland and Norway. To find out more about living and working in Shetland go to

For further information on the post please contact Sam Willis on 01595 743041

Closing date: 12th January 2020

Interview date: w/c 27th January 2020

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