Chief Medical Scientist – Blood Transfusion

St James’s Hospital
Employment Type
€63,819 - €83,417 per annum
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Job Title: Chief Medical Scientist – Blood Transfusion

Ref: 87297/22

Closing Date: Sunday, 10th July 2022

Purpose of the Role

To be responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of Blood Transfusion laboratory services in the SJH Centre for Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology LabMed Directorate. To provide support for the development of services embracing continuous quality improvement and the management of change necessary to achieve organisational objectives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Accountability

In collaboration with the Lead Consultant, Chief Medical Scientist and the Laboratory Manager, the responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic and clinical leadership, which results in the delivery of effective, efficient, quality assured and patient centred laboratory services
  • Developing a shared sense of commitment and participation among staff in the development of the service
  • Keeping the Lead Consultant and Laboratory Manager appraised of any significant development within his/her area of responsibility and performing such additional duties as may be assigned
  • Liaising with clinicians and support service users, as required
  • Achieve and maintain high standards of professional practice by medical scientists and other staff, as appropriate.

Scientific / Professional

  • Oversee the delivery of a high-quality service to the patient that is adherent to and compliant with all applicable standards and statutes, including ISO
  • Engage in and support development initiatives and research activities that serve to update and expand technologies, explore new and innovative methodologies, and continually improve and modernise the offering to the patient
  • Be responsible for the daily operation and performance of the service, ensuring internal and external measures of quality are in place to monitor the success of the offering / through audit
  • Cooperate with the Laboratory Manager, Consultants, other Department leads, and Service Users within a broader laboratory and hospital environment to ensure the service provided matches user requirements and supports the clinical needs of the patient
  • Work with clinical, scientific and other colleagues to generate, update and sustain a vision for the service and to formulate strategy

* The above Role Profile is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. This Role Profile will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.


Candidates for appointment must:

i. Be registered on the Medical Scientists Register maintained by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU. See


ii. Applicants who satisfy the conditions set out in Section 91 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, (see note 1 below*), must submit proof of application for registration with the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU. The acceptable proof is correspondence from the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU confirming their application for registration as a Section 91 applicant was received by the 30th March 2021.


iii. Possess at least seven years’ full time clinical experience (or an aggregate of seven years’ full time clinical experience) as a medical scientist in a clinical diagnostic laboratory since qualifying as a medical scientist, two years of which were spent in a promotional post (e.g. Medical Scientist, Senior or Medical Scientist, Specialist).


iv. Demonstrate evidence of Continuous Professional Development.


v. Candidates must have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, management, leadership and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office

Note 1* Section 91 candidates are individuals who qualified before 31st March 2019 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession in the Republic of Ireland for a minimum of 2 years fulltime (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), between 31st March 2014 and 31st March 2019 are considered to be Section 91 applicants under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

Annual registration

i. On appointment, practitioners must maintain annual registration on Medical Scientists Register maintained by the Medical Scientists Registration Board at CORU


Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).

  • Medical scientific knowledge and skills to provide a comprehensive blood transfusion service to patients in this scientific discipline
  • Competent in the knowledge and practice of ISO 15189 accreditation standards, as well as health and safety legislation
  • Leadership/Supervision/Management of laboratory personnel
  • Research and development project experience


  • A relevant management qualification
  • Good knowledge of Laboratory IT applications