Clinical Skills Technician - Institute of Clinical Sciences

United Kingdom
£23,406 - £29,107
Oct 10, 2020
Nov 08, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Postion Details

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £23,406 to £25,143, with potential progression once in post to £29,107.

Band 500

Part Time working 14.4 hours per week FTC up to 3 years

Closing date 3 November 2020

Job Summary

This CSS houses a total of 56 practical teaching stations which currently have already a very high usage by multiple courses. It is a very modern and hi-tech laboratory containing dental phantom head simulators to enable students and dentists to perfect clinical skills. The simulators are closely aligned to technology found in dental surgeries which therefore require knowledge and knowhow from individuals with a clinical background. The laboratory is also packed with IT and AV in order to deliver the highest standards of teaching.

The post holder will be responsible for the smooth running of the CSS and the teaching delivered within it. This post involves significant preparation for undergraduate class materials (materials & equipment) and is heavily timetable driven. The ability to respond quickly and positively to changes in protocols, troubleshoot problems that can arise prior to and during sessions with regard to equipment (laboratory/IT) and materials is a vital aspect of the position.

Main Duties

Supporting the Clinical Skills Suite:

Duties Include
  • Preparation and maintenance of materials for each lecturer/instructor for demonstration purposes for each teaching session.
  • To have an in-depth understanding of the diverse range of practical sessions held within the facility (UG, SoHT, PG other courses).
  • Management of the booking process to ensure appropriate availability for all user groups.
  • Planning, based on the available timetabling information the most efficient/effective means to turnaround the daily classes.
  • Fully understand the safety aspects of equipment operation and be able to demonstrate/train staff on the correct usage of the equipment
  • Be fully aware of the safe handling and disposal of all materials used including extracted teeth and amalgam
  • Trialling & modifying protocols when required in order to deliver a working protocol.
  • Checking of equipment, prior to classes and ensuring all requirements are in place
  • Preparation of handouts for the lecturer/instructor for each teaching session.
  • Maintenance of a register of attendance of students for each teaching session on School database, liaising with curriculum team to identify student absences.
  • Production of full mouth models (including replacement teeth) for every student for each course.
  • Ensuring full maintenance of every item of laboratory equipment used by students
  • Ensuring the Clinical Skills Laboratory are kept clean and in good working order - Direction to cleaning staff, technicians and engineers to help achieve this.
  • Maintenance and requisition of all consumables and equipment required for all courses in the CSS throughout the year, ensuring best value for money.
  • Ensuring students, staff and other users follow working protocols within the laboratory
  • Ensuring IT and AV equipment are working correctly and be able to trouble shoot basic problems. If problem cannot be solved ensure issue is resolved by liaising with appropriate body or individual.
  • Have working knowledge of AV system to support internal and visiting staff to achieve desired projections with powerpoint and camera facilities.
  • Have a working knowledge of x ray facilities to radiograph extracted teeth in the simulation of root canal treatment.
  • Setup/takedown of equipment/materials used during sessions
  • Liaise with B Braun instrument sterilisation service in order to ensure correct level of instrument stock for practical classes

Other duties
  • In collaboration with the academic lead the post holder will take an active role in the induction, training and mentoring process for junior or newly appointed staff.
  • Contribution at a level commensurate with the grade to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.
  • Assist technical managers, laboratory managers and/or facilities manager in identifying and tracking items held on the University asset register.

  • Enabling staff and students, working within the area of responsibility, to comply with all basic University / College Health & Safety policies This will include compliance by all staff with current rules governing work with COSHH, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), biological samples, human tissue, radioactive materials and schedule 5 toxins etc. Ensure all required assessments are in place approved and up to date.
  • Maintaining records both paper and computer based as appropriate.
  • Carrying out regular maintenance processes such as flushing eye wash stations as appropriate and ensuring records are maintained.
  • Reporting any breaches or non-compliance with H&S procedures to the Academic Lead, Technical Manager, or College Safety Adviser.
  • Upholding the correct waste disposal stream as governed by College and local policy for laboratory, recycled and general waste
  • Adopt a proactive attitude to assisting with and implementing carbon reduction and energy saving measures


The post holder will assist with the daily administration and organisation of the work area. These duties include:
  • Maintaining stocks of consumables, if necessary, creating purchase order requisitions for the College finance office or via web based ordering system
  • Receipt and correct storage of consumables and chemical reagents.
  • Ensuring that the facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe condition, reporting any problems through the appropriate channels.
  • Ensuring the best use of equipment through booking systems, if appropriate
  • Reporting any problems with equipment or services to the line manager as appropriate.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and skill base of the post holder as directed by either the Academic lead or the Technical Manager.

  • In collaboration with the Laboratory Manager or supervisor the post holder will take an active role in the training and mentoring process for junior or newly appointed staff/students
  • To actively engage in the Personal Development Process
  • To contribute at a level appropriate with the grade, to internal and external audit procedures, and to regulatory inspections.
  • Assist Technical Managers in identifying and tracking items held on the University asset register.

Person Specification
  • Extensive relevant experience, degree or equivalent professional qualification in an appropriate subject
  • GCSE (A*- C) or equivalent in mathematics
  • In-depth practical knowledge of technical and scientific methods stated above and Good Laboratory Practice gained through extensive experience and formal qualification
  • Extensive experience of similar laboratory based work
  • Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others
  • Ability to organise and manage own work load and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision but function as part of a team
  • Knowledge of current relevant H&S policies
  • Proficiency in commonly used software packages
  • Willingness to work towards professional registration

Informal enquires to Dr Phil Tomson, email:

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