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Rapid COVID Testing Service Lead
Band 5/Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Employer type
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells
£25,655 - £31,534 Band 5 pa pro rata £32,306 - £39,027 Band 6 (pa pro rata)
Salary period
06/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Rapid COVID Testing Service Lead

Band 5/Band 6

Job overview

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the south east of England. We are looking to recruit a Service Lead for delivery of Rapid Covid testing within urgent admission pathways, and other critical services to support excellence in our patient care.

Applications are invited for the 1-year fixed term position from a confident, motivated and energetic qualified Biomedical Scientists to work in conjunction with our Point of Care Testing (POCT) and Microbiology diagnostic services leading a team of analytical staff providing a 24/7 service. Secondment to the position will be considered, if approval is obtained from current managers prior to application. The appointed Rapid Covid Team Leader will receive full training on new analytical equipment and governance processes required within the diagnostic unit.

Band 5 applicants will be considered for the role.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for management and occasional daytime participation in the 24/7 shift service on both acute Trust sites to deliver accurate high-quality results to the clinical teams that need them.

This role will involve staff management, system administration, consumables management, review of device maintenance, operator training and audits.  You will be able to develop excellent working relationships with the clinical team and colleagues in the POCT team, working independently with good problem-solving skills.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 560,000 people living in the south of West Kent and the north of East Sussex.

The Trust has two main clinical sites which both contain 24/7 Emergency Departments: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.

Working for our organisation

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust’s core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites:  Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients – the first of its kind in the country.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhance level.(Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

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 We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work hard to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics. MTW also has active Disability, LGBT+ and Cultural Ethnic Minorities Networks to bring staff together and in act positive change!

Person specification

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • BSc degree or equivalent qualification
  • State registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Completion of specialist portfolio or equivalent post graduate diploma
  • Evidence of relevant CPD within the last 3 years
Desirable criteria
  • ECDL
  • Experience of Access databases, POCcelerator or other POCT middleware
  • Routinely adopts a positive approach to learning
  • Willingness to undertake further training as required by the role

Experience/ Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of solo practice, team working and team building
  • Experience of applying COSSH and within own current practice
  • Experience of delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of POCT devices
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and procedures within a clinical laboratory
Desirable criteria
  • Practical knowledge of patient Covid pathways
  • Experience in using laboratory information management system
  • Knowledge of advances in Rapid Covid testing and management


Essential criteria
  • Ability to organise own time and that of other more junior staff working within the team effectively working to schedules and deadlines
  • Ability to identify risks, anticipate issues and create solutions to resolve problems
  • Resilience and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Maintain a positive attitude
  • Flexible and ability to adapt and react positively to changing demands and circumstances
  • Effective verbal and communication skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Good computer/IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of planning and delivery of programmes and projects and services on time
  • Laboratory skills including analyser maintenance, quality control and assessment
  • Innovative open minded approach to service development


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work in an environment where COVID-19 specimens are handled and disposed
  • Ability to audit compliance to protocols and procedures and manage staff performance appropriately as per findings
  • Willingness to develop additional IT skills appropriate to the role
  • Experience in manual handling of large/ heavy items
Desirable criteria
  • Capacity for participation in flexible working practices if required
  • Dexterity to use laboratory equipment e.g. manual pipettes

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sue O'Brien-Wheeler
Job title
Point of Care Coordinator
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Telephone number
01892 635962