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Section Lead - Blood Transfusion and Transfusion Practitioner

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

This is a joint laboratory and transfusion practitioner role.

To ensure provision of the scientific service commitment of the laboratory in line with Trust objectives and commensurate with grade and responsibilities.

As the Lead Biomedical Scientist (BMS) for Blood Transfusion the post holder is responsible for the management of the department providing all aspects of the Blood Transfusion service on the RDE site, working with a team of lead BMS staff. The post holder will be responsible for managing the day to day organisation and analytical work of the Blood Transfusion department. The postholder must use a combination of knowledge and skills to ensure that appropriate sample testing and the issue of blood components and products are performed safely, accurately and in a timely manner, for every patient and in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations (BSQR) 2005, Good Practice Guidelines for Blood Establishments and EU Blood Directives.

The post is responsible for supporting the development, implementation and delivery of safe and effective transfusion processes, policies, procedures and educational programs for laboratory and clinical staff in conjunction with the Trust hospital transfusion team and patient blood management group. The post holder will be expected to support the clinical teams on the ward and other clinical areas with all aspects of the transfusion process.

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust eastern site based in Exeter provides acute healthcare services to a population of approximately half a million people living in Mid Devon, East Devon, and the surrounding area. The hospital also provides a range of specialist services, across the UK and Europe. Set in the beautiful city of Exeter in the midst of glorious Devon countryside and close to the Southwest coastline, with its stunning beaches. The city boasts excellent links by road, rail and air to the rest of the country, Europe and beyond, whilst being within easy reaches of picturesque Dartmoor scenery.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist (BMS) to play a key role in the development and future direction of the Transfusion Department within the Specialist Services Division of The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This is a joint role acting as lead BMS in the laboratory and transfusion practitioner for the hospital. This is an ideal opportunity for a BMS looking to incorporate laboratory and clinical aspects of transfusion in their role.


The post holder will help lead the day to day routine operation of the blood transfusion service in conjunction with the other lead BMS staff and laboratory manager. As transfusion practitioner the post holder will provide a link between the laboratory and the clinical services, working with the Consultant Haematologists and the Hospital Transfusion Team.


The successful applicant will support compliance with the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations and ISO15189 standards. The role also includes responsibility for leading the training of all grades of staff in their roles in the transfusion process.


The successful applicant will play a significant part in the development of the service within the Blood Sciences Department, providing a robust, fit for purpose service.


The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.
Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

Interview date: TBC

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week

For further information please contact: Jennifer Davies,

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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