Medical Laboratory Assistant - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

United Kingdom
£18,373.00 - £21,879.00
Dec 31, 2020
Jan 30, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Summary

The Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy includes a comprehensive CPA accredited Clinical Immunology Service (CIS), which serves the UHB NHS Trust and other Trusts within the West Midlands. The service also provides a nationwide service for investigation of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma or myelomatosis. The post exists to support these activities. The post holder is involved in maintaining basic laboratory, specimen reception and office duties involved with the running of the CIS, under the supervision of Biomedical and/or Clinical Scientists.

Main Duties

1. 20% Routine receipt, unpacking, identification, separation and unique specimen number allocation to clinical diagnostic (and trial) specimen received for immunological investigation ensuring any samples that are time critical are processed immediately to comply with current CIS Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

2. 50% Once competency documentation has been completed, print worksheets, locate samples and load machines, e.g. Quantalyser, ASD52, Microgel, viscometer, Sebia capillarys/hydrasys and spectrophotometer, in accordance with CIS SOPs, returning specimens to relevant racks once completed. Prepare and stains cytospins, blood smears and PML slides.

3. 4% Filing of worksheets, on a daily basis, and transfer to an electronic storage medium for permanent storage on the departmental server. Worksheets for myeloma related tests are stored for 12 months, all other worksheets discarded.

4. 2% Ensure laboratory waste (including biological material, plastics, cardboard, excess reagents, confidential paperwork, etc.) are disposed of in line with University and CIS H&S/waste/confidentiality protocols. Pack soiled lab coats for laundry and replenish drawers once returned.

5. 2% Adhering to COSHH regulations and CIS SOP ensuring adequate stock levels are maintained and chemicals are correctly labelled and stored in line with current EU regulations.

6. 2% Make up fresh disinfectant, needed in all labs, on a daily basis, swab benches regularly throughout the day and ensure laboratory equipment (centrifuges, water baths, fridges, freezers, analysers, etc) is regularly decontaminated in accordance with CIS SOPs ensuring details are recorded on the relevant maintenance/cleaning log.

7. 5% Packing and despatching referral specimens to comply with all Post Office and Health and Safety regulations (UN3373/Category B) and create myeloma trial boxes and starter kits to be sent out to external customers ensuring these are replenished on a daily basis.

8. 3% Assist with administrative duties in the departmental office i.e. report preparation, filing, maintaining stocks of forms, and send out completed reports and trial kits, where appropriate.

9. 5% Take request forms supplied with the specimens and accurately input patient and specimen details into the laboratory information management system (LIMS), currently Telepath from DXC, to comply with current CIS SOP.

10. 2% Receipt/checking of deliveries and maintenance of stocks within lab sections, e.g. racked sterile tips, IEF gels, stains, buffers, etc, and notification of section heads when re-ordering required, e.g. autoclave bags, sample racks, etc.

11. 3% Provide a regular porter service, for samples, between the laboratory and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital specimen reception and Birmingham Women's Hospital cytogenetics laboratory.

12. 2% Assist with training new MLA staff and demonstrating processes/procedures to visitors.

13. Assist with training new MLA staff and demonstrating processes/procedures to visitors.

Person Specification
  • The post holder will be expected to have gained a good basic level of general education including GSCE/O Level Mathematics, English and Science.
  • Due to the nature of the work the post holder will be expected to have good communication skills and to treat all work as strictly confidential.
  • As the department deals with clinical/nursing/laboratory staff on complicated/sensitive issues the post holder will be expected to be courteous and patient at all times.
  • The post holder will be expected to understand and conform to all current health and safety regulation.
  • (S)he will be required to attend in house training courses including I.T. and H&S training.
  • Previous experience in a similar role is desirable, but not essential as full training will be provided.

Informal enquires to Mr Tim Plant Email

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