Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is the largest heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. We are a partnership of two specialist hospitals which are known throughout the world for their expertise, standard of care and research success.
We are passionate about what we do and the patients we serve. We are an equal opportunities employer and our patients are rich in diversity. We recruit to ensure we build a similarly diverse mix across our workforce. We are a values led organisation and we are rightly proud of our world class reputation and our people.
To undertake the technical duties of Genetic Technologist to support the scientific teams in the provision of an effective and high-quality genetics diagnostic service to patients. To undertake basic laboratory housekeeping tasks and some administration tasks where necessary.
To maintain a high level of accuracy and reliability in defined routine, preparative, processing, analytical and associated procedures, following documented laboratory protocols. Specific duties will depend on the area in which the post holder is working. To train other staff in tasks where necessary.
To collaborate with other members of the laboratory and department in all matters necessary to achieve the maximum efficiency of the service.
Main tasks and responsibilities
To be responsible to the Senior Genetic Technologist and Senior Clinical Scientist. To perform the role following documented laboratory protocols (standard operating procedures) to a standard that enables the accurate, timely, and efficient delivery of the highest quality of service to patients and referring clinicians.
To collaborate with other scientific and technical staff to ensure that technical work is performed in an accurate, timely and efficient manner and to a standard that enables the highest quality of service to patients.
To collaborate with all other members of staff where joint operation is necessary to achieve optimal use of resources.
To liaise with secretarial staff regarding issues relating to specimen booking-in and patient details.
To deal with telephone enquiries from other healthcare professionals, and to make telephone enquiries to other healthcare professionals, relating to basic patient and sample information, in an accurate and courteous manner.
To maintain accurate section records, and to participate in maintaining the laboratory’s computerised database and operational systems as required.
To participate in an annual appraisal according to Trust policy.
To provide routine testing and support activities following standard protocols to a standard that enables the accurate, timely and efficient delivery of the highest quality of service to patients and clinical colleagues.
To receive and book-in a range of pathological specimens for genetic testing.
To process specimens to an appropriate point for storage (banking)/analysis. A variety of procedures will be performed and these may include (amongst others):
Extraction of DNA and RNA from a range of sample types.
Preparation of DNA and RNA for a range of testing procedures.
Maintenance and management of a blood and DNA bank
Performing a range of molecular techniques both manually and using automated technology including validation of the outcome of the reaction.
PCR and Sanger sequencing.
Operating the ABI Genetic analyser for capillary electrophoresis.
To comply with the Trust and Department Health and Safety policies and procedures and ensure that they are understood and followed to maintain a safe working environment for all staff and visitors. To report any breaches of Health and Safety policy to a Clinical Scientist or Departmental Health and Safety representative.
To participate in internal and external quality procedures and to abide by all codes of practice, statutory requirements and operational policies of the department and Trust.
To participate in out of hours cover as required by the service.
Staff benefits include: subsidised childcare facilities, occupational pension scheme, personal development and training opportunities, flexible working and subsidised accommodation is available on both sites.
To ensure that our workforce is representative of the population we serve, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The Trust has a duty to safeguard all patients and provide additional measures for patients who are less able to protect themselves from harm or abuse. All staff have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of ALL adults, children and young people in the Trust. This including patients, visitors and those using our facilities . Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect and is fundamental to high-quality health.
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