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Job Summary

We are seeking a confident and self-motivated Biomedical Scientist to lead and have oversight of the Health and Safety strategy across Coventry & Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS) Network.

CWPS is a managed network of laboratories hosted by University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) which is the second busiest trauma centre within the UK. In addition to the host Trust, CWPS provides services to South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (Warwick), George Eliot Hospital Trust (Nuneaton) as well as the surrounding community. The network provides mortuary services to UHCW and Warwick Trusts.

As CWPS’ Health and Safety Manager, you will work with internal and external managers and staff to deliver the Health and Safety strategy. You will co-ordinate Health and Safety teams across all disciplines and sites to develop and maintain compliance to Key Safety indicators and ensure they are embedded in the organisation.

Your role will involve overseeing the update of CWPS policies and procedures to assist management and staff to comply with current Health and Safety legislation and best practice, leading a team of Discipline Health and Safety Leads to by providing advice and guidance to support in the management of their teams, and assisting with investigations including reporting to stakeholders and external agencies.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who has good analytical and investigative acumen, with excellent communication skills and able to build interpersonal relationships. You should be a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with a MSc, FIBMS or IBMS Special Examination. You are also required to have comprehensive knowledge of Pathology services as you will be working across Disciplines.

You will act as a member of Network, Site specific and Infection Sciences Health and Safety committees and ensure a consistent approach to meeting format is maintained.

You will also provide expert Health and Safety advice to managers and staff in a manner that promotes ownership and facilitates problem solving at a local level.

You will support managers in preparing for the Health and Safety aspects of routine inspections such as those by the Health and Safety Executive, Counter terrorism police and UKAS.

You will participate in Root Cause Analysis investigations involving Health and Safety incidents and provide advice on corrective actions to implement to reduce risk of reoccurrence or severity of harm.

In addition, you will promote Trust health and wellbeing initiatives and develop these for CWPS staff. Work with Department and Section Managers to ensure effective implementation and maintenance.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.


Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation – please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence – University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation’s core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  1. Assist the CWPS senior management team in the development and implementation of Health and Safety strategy.
  2. Develop and maintain good relationships with others external to CWPS who have responsibility for Health and Safety. This is to include Trust Health and Safety representatives, estates departments/PFI providers and Occupational Health.
  3. Perform trend analysis on safety incident reports using the Datix system and implement solutions to continuously improve safety performance.
  4. Design and schedule a programme of Health and Safety audit. Oversee compliance to the programme across the CWPS network and ensure corrective actions are implemented to address findings raised.
  5. Support Consultant and Clinical Scientist staff in co-ordinating and communicating with relevant teams to respond to national or international infectious disease outbreaks or emergence of new pathogens.
  6. Work with the Occupational Health department in supporting managers dealing with incidents affecting staff health or wellbeing.
  7. Support Department and Section Managers in the delivery of Health and Safety induction, refresher and specialist training. Perform regular audit of this training to ensure appropriate delivery is embedded across the CWPS network

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 05 June 2024

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