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Clinical Scientist
Band 7
12 months fixed term
37.5 hours per week
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Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Hewitt Fertility Centres
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum
25/09/2019 23:59

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Clinical Embryologist

Band 7

Liverpool Women’s delivers the highest standards of care for women, babies and their families. Each year we deliver over 8,300 babies, carry out over 10,000 gynaecological procedures, and care for over 1,000 poorly and preterm newborns, making us the specialist provider of health services for women, babies and their families in Europe.

We have some of the leading experts in their field, and, after featuring on One Born Every Minute, Miracle Babies and Special Baby Unit, our teams are famous across the world for their professionalism, skill and compassion.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital clinical services are currently being reviewed by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, following work done by our clinicians in presenting a powerful case for change in the Future Generations Strategy.

A useful information booklet is available about the proposed changes which can be downloaded from the Healthy Liverpool website This booklet clearly states that ‘there is absolutely no threat to the services themselves – this is about making what we have even better and protecting services for the future’.

Liverpool Women’s has an excellent reputation and is a centre of excellence. It is an exciting environment to work in and a great place to develop your career for many years to come.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two qualified Embryologists to join our team, at the Hewitt Fertility Centre, on a fixed term basis. Both experienced Embryologists and final year STP students are encouraged to apply.

The Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust hosts one of the largest and most respected assisted conception units in the UK, with a twenty year track record of clinical excellence and full four year HFEA licence across our two sites (Liverpool and Knutsford, Cheshire.) Whilst care is provided predominantly on an NHS basis, there is a large and thriving private practice which makes up about a quarter of the overall workload.

The Hewitt Fertility Centre is seeking to appoint an embryologist to join our highly skilled and dedicated team of 31 scientists. We are dedicated to providing the very best in patient care and offer a full range of laboratory therapeutic and diagnostic treatment (IVF, ICSI, IMSI, PGS, TESE, semen, egg & embryo cryopreservation, and sperm, egg and embryo donation programmes). The Hewitt Fertility Centre offers as standard the latest time-lapse technologies for all patients in our state-of-the-art laboratories, capable of handling in excess of 3000 IVF/ICSI cycles per annum.

Successful applicants will be required to actively participate in all routine embryological procedures and take part in a weekend and on-call rota. Suitable applicants must have experience of performing clinical workload within an Embryology laboratory setting and be familiar with the HFEA Code of Practice.

HCPC registration, previous experience of biopsy and training junior staff is an advantage, but not a necessity. Successful applicants should be personable with excellent communication skills, enabling them to deal with patients directly and liaise with colleagues – being a ‘team-player’ is essential.  There is some flexibility to provide either full or part time hours, depending on the mix of applicants. Please note, successful applicants will need to provide cover at both sites however, site preference can be discussed further at interview.

This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.

The Trust is committed to equality and diversity in employment.

The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of its staff and may have flexible working options available.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Bijal Patel (Senior Clinical Embryologist, Liverpool) 

Rebecca Lunt (Lead Clinical Embryologist, Liverpool)