A unique career opportunity for pathology specialists.
This is a unique career opportunity to be part of a truly remarkable transformation programme which will implement the largest and most ambitious pathology transformation in the UK using a world leading laboratory information management system (LIMS) in partnership with two of the largest and most prestigious NHS foundation trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital.
SYNLAB is the European market leader for human medicine laboratory services. In the UK, we are proud to partner with the NHS to provide diagnostic pathology testing services including the most innovative molecular and genetic diagnostic and digital pathology tests available. We also provide private sector pathology services, including COVID testing, workplace drug and alcohol testing and advanced veterinary testing.
SYNLAB is partnering with Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital Foundation Trusts in a joint venture to deliver pathology services to the Trusts and to GPs across South East London. The South East London Pathology Transformation Programme will deliver a state of the art hub and spoke pathology service delivering over 35m tests per annum at a lower cost and with improved turnaround times in order to improve the quality and accessibility of diagnostics testing and enhance patient outcomes.
The core LIMS to support the pathology transformation will be Epic Beaker which will also be a key component of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital electronic health record (EHR) programme, also known as Apollo. Apollo is the most ambitious programme of clinical pathway transformation the Trusts have ever undertaken and it will be powered by the world’s leading EHR system, Epic. The Epic Beaker LIMS, fully integrated to Trusts’ Epic EHR, will be at the heart of SYNLAB’s pathology transformation programme.
The Apollo programme will run in parallel to SYNLAB’s pathology transformation programme. Hence, this role offers the opportunity to be part of an exciting new joint venture between SYNLAB, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital, working on both the UK’s largest and most ambitious pathology transformation programme and a major EHR programme.
We are seeking talented individuals with a strong biomedical background who are keen to play an active role in building the future pathology service for South East London. Knowledge of Epic is not essential however experience in a large scale LIMS implementation would be beneficial.
As LIMS Analyst, you will support the delivery and the ongoing operation of the Epic Beaker LIMS and associated middleware for the South East London Pathology Service. You will be responsible for configuring, testing, deploying and supporting pathology workflows on the Epic Beaker LIMS in specific pathology disciplines depending on your experience. Key areas will include: blood sciences (including biochemistry, haematology, blood transfusion and immunology), microbiology, mycology, virology, histopathology, cytology, newborn screening, genomics, phlebotomy. Full training on the Beaker LIMS will be provided by Epic.
- Work as a member of the pathology multi–disciplinary LIMS programme team to implement the Epic Beaker LIMS across Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts and ensure supporting services for primary care and other third parties.
- Work with clinicians, clinical scientists and pathology operations staff to analyse, improve, harmonise and agree workflows for specific pathology disciplines across the Trusts. Ensure that the LIMS is configured to ensure patient safety and optimal patient outcomes and to meet best practice ways of working and to achieve process cost efficiency.
- Champion and implement agreed workflows and working practices, building the awareness, support, knowledge and cooperation of all impacted colleagues.
- Work, as a member of the LIMS programme team, to configure the LIMS in line with agreed workflows for specific pathology disciplines and ensure design integrity.
- Support the LIMS Workstream Lead to demonstrate and present system functionality, in order to gain support and understanding of all stakeholders.
- Develop test plans and scripts for your own areas of responsibility.
- Responsibility for system testing your own areas of the LIMS configuration, including pathology test accuracy, and system testing areas configured by others.
- Support the integration of analysers and other laboratory instruments to the LIMS.
- Work with data and analytics colleagues to develop reports in nominated areas of responsibility.
- Responsible for the deployment and support of nominated components of the LIMS system.
- Responsible for supporting new and amended workflow processes to ensure harmonised workflows are achieved by all users of LIMS in nominated areas of responsibility.
- Act as the Subject Matter Expert for nominated areas of responsibility – troubleshoot problems and address questions from end users about the LIMS.
- Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
- Biomedical science qualification
- Expertise and experience in one or more pathology discipline
- Significant experience of working in hospital-based pathology laboratories
- Experience and understanding of LIMS systems in a complex healthcare environment
- Good knowledge of clinical and operational workflows and processes within a pathology department and how these interact with other hospital departments
- Experience of clinical and operational reporting for both internal and external stakeholders
- Detailed understanding of the implications of data quality on clinical safety and governance
- Ability to resolve problems and make decisions based on complex facts using appropriate analysis, interpretation or comparisons
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
- Excellent stakeholder management skills including senior management and clinicians
- Ability to work under pressure and to specified deadlines
- Team player – able to build strong working relationships with colleagues
How to apply:
If you are interested in this role and have the skills, experience and behaviours we are looking for, please follow the link to apply. If this job isn’t right for you but you are looking for a new position, please keep check our website for future opportunities.
You will be invited to take an online aptitude test at the application stage of the process. The aim of the test is to ensure we recruit candidates who have the skills in order to succeed in the Epic accreditation training. The aptitude test aims to evaluate skills in problem solving, data interpretation and verbal reasoning. Successful candidates will be then invited to attend a virtual assessment session with real life exercises to assess capability and approach to LIMS and to a capability and behavioural competency final interview.
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