Would you like to work in a multidisciplinary laboratory as a Quality Manager and Biomedical Scientist in a unique and vibrant community in a stunning natural environment? If so, come and join our friendly team of experienced health service professionals in the beautiful Falkland Islands.
This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Falkland Islands Government’s medical pathology and food/water testing facility. The department comprises Biochemistry, Haematology, Transfusion Science, Medical Microbiology and a Food/Water Microbiology testing laboratory.
This role itself has a dual function. As Quality Manager the post holder will be responsible for maintenance and improvement of the laboratory quality management system (for both Food, Water & Environmental section and Clinical Pathology section) which is essential for achieving and maintaining accreditation. Additionally, the post holder would be expected to deputise for the laboratory manager during periods of annual leave or sickness.
The food and water testing section of the laboratory is required to work to standards listed in ISO17025 and is essential to Falkland Islands’ Fish and Meat export business and this role plays a key part in delivering accreditation of this service provision.
As a multi-skilled Biomedical Scientist, the post holder will be part of a team that provides a high quality clinical diagnostic pathology service that meets appropriate standards (ISO 15189) and will take part in the provision of the of the multi-disciplinary pathology on-call rota. You will be expected to contribute to the in-house training of staff and general progression of the laboratory skills mix. Ideally the applicant will have specialist level experience in Haematology/Transfusion but any specialist background will be considered. Training in all disciplines covered in the lab will provided to the successful applicant to a level that is adequate for the provision of routine testing services.
We are looking for people with:
- A BSc in Biomedical Sciences or related subject
- A relevant MSc
- Health Care Professions Council (UK) registration
- An Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Diploma
- At least 3 years’ experience working in a clinical laboratory and preferably at least 1 year of managerial experience
- Experience of developing, implementing and managing formally recognised Quality Systems; familiarity with ISO15189 and ISO17025 would be beneficial.
- Experience of working with LIMS systems within a laboratory framework
- Fixed Term Contract, up to 4 years.
- Starting Salary £37,725 - £43,498 more may be negotiable for an exceptional candidate who can demonstrate advanced Knowledge, Skills and/or Experience – rising up to £46,599.
- Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity (taxable).
- 41 days paid leave, 30 days paid annual leave plus 11 government and public holidays.
- Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
- Flights Package for you and any recognised dependents residing with you at post both at the beginning and end of contract, along with additional annual return flights contingent on the duration of the contract.
- Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
- A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in.
How to Apply
Interested candidates can download the job description and view further information from our online vacancy page.
For further information regarding the position please contact Kimberley Finlayson, Laboratory Manager by emailing PathologyManager@kemh.gov.fk or by calling (+500) 28068.
To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page www.jobs.gov.fk, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form. Alternatively, download an offline form from the same page and email to email@example.com before the closing date.
Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process
Closing Date for Applications - 31 July 2022 @ 2030 GMT
Shortlisting - 01August 2022
Interviews - 08 August 2022
The Working Environment
The laboratory has a staff establishment of three Biomedical Scientists (including the Lab Manager and Quality Manager), one Food Scientist and two laboratory Support staff. Professional support is provided remotely by clinical consultant pathologists from NHS Portsmouth, and by other local/visiting experts as suitable.
Annual workload is in the region of 60,000 investigations per annum growing at a rate of 2-5% per annum. More specialised testing is sent to UK reference centres.
Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.
As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk
The Falkland Islands
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a UK way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!
The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.
For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.