Pathology IT Specialist
Job Type: Temporary
Duration: This is a temporary ongoing role with no end date specified at this stage
Base: This will be based on site at a hospital
Remote Working: Not Specified
Travel: Not Specified
£23.40-£26.42 paye per hour
£26.22-£29.61 paye inclusive of holiday pay
Depending on skill, experience and qualifications
Working Days and Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
With the announcement of further national funding to improve pathology IT systems the Client has a clear vision of its proposed development programme to enhance the capability and accessibility of pathology services. Project work will focus on (but not be limited to) the implementation of the new LIMS system at the site and the integration of that system with the multitude of clinical information and analyser management systems within the Trust. As a key member of the Pathology IT team the Pathology IT Specialist is also be jointly responsible for the continued delivery of an efficient, safe and effective IT service to underpin all pathology disciplines and is compliant with all relevant statutory and mandatory regulatory requirements.
Due to the specialist nature of NHS Pathology IT systems and the highly regulated environment under which they must be operated the postholder must have considerable experience of working within the regime of a UKAS accredited lab. Formal documentation of operational procedure, IT system testing and validation are an essential component of the role. The post holder will be a highly experienced, self-motivated individual capable of communicating with stakeholders and service users at all levels of the regional health economy and working under pressure to agreed deadlines.
- Support the Pathology IT Manager in overall delivery of the programme
- Deputise for the Pathology IT Manager as required
- Work as a member of the Pathology IT team in the provision of a comprehensive Laboratory IT support service.
- Manage the implementation of services change, including planning, execution and post change monitoring to assess level of success and identify any lessons learned.
- Conduct and/or oversee quality monitoring of the IT services which should include regular feedback sessions with Labs and the Trust IT.
- Proactively monitor and evaluate the needs of Laboratories, with knowledge gained through service monitoring, person observation, under groups, and recommend changes/developments.
- Identify any areas of service improvement and ensure guidance and/or training to all Pathology Staff is given as appropriate.
- Work closely with Pathology department managers to support IT projects, and operational changes or developments.
- Be responsible for staff from third party organsiations undertaking maintenance of Laboratory IT systems or associated services within Pathology, Including any associated training activities.
- Assist in the delivery of comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plans for the Pathology essential business systems and infrastructure, where necessary, escalating to third party suppliers in the Trust in the event of major problems.
- Liaise with system users and other stakeholders for the continued development and maintenance of Laboratory IT systems, including upgrades, patches and enhancements.
- Be responsible for product technical validation to maintain Laboratory accreditation.
- Be responsible for the escalation and communication relating to Laboratory IT services which become unavailable and monitor and manage the situation.
- Be responsible for prioritising and organising workload to ensure continuity and efficiency of service.
- Be aware of and maintain formal change control procedures
- Undertake regular formal IT system validation exercises as required
- Working with multiple areas across the trust - including Clinical, Technical, Executive, Management, Information Governance, Finance
- Support the Pathology Programme Manager to ensure a strong and competent team structure is deployed with appropriate delegation, two-way communications and team working
- Develop a flexible manpower plan enabling a strong focus on the recruitment, development and retention of permanent and temporary staff to meet Programme needs.
- Ensure that Job Descriptions are relevant and up to date, the Knowledge and Skills Framework is in place, Performance Appraisals and Development Reviews are undertaken and beneficial.
- Work with colleagues to develop and implement Education, Training and Development and Health and Safety Management Plans for new and existing systems.
- Working and consulting with multiple professional stakeholder groups
Key Skill, Qualification and Experience
- Educated to Degree level with appropriate qualification or have substantial relevant experience in a senior IT based role
- Project Management qualification or equivalent (PRINCE2 or APM)
- NHS Pathology Operational Background
- Knowledge of Pathology information systems
- Proficient in quality and clinical audit, administration, management and development of Pathology related IT services
- Experience of working within a lab which complies with MHRA, UKAS systems and standards
- Working knowledge of the constraints of the Data Protection Act
- Implementation Experience
- Pathology Information Systems
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