We, TFP, are looking for brilliant minds and passionate hearts to help us shape the future of fertility health. We are one of the largest fertility service providers in Europe operating our IVF clinics and egg/sperm freezing banks in currently 6 countries. We have embarked on the mission to use technology to provide parents with a memorable best-in-class fertility journey that leads to the best outcome – starting a family!
At TFP, we offer all our patients the care, understanding and expertise that help to bring dreams to life. We are passionate about what we do, which reflects our commitment to creating lives and changing lives.
Science research and innovation are key to how we work and have led to us pioneering fertility treatment for more than 33 years. Many of our clinicians are internationally renowned specialists and we regularly share knowledge across our clinics to further improve our success.
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Deputy Lab Manager to join us here at Oxford Fertility in Oxford.
The post holder will manage the embryology, andrology and biochemistry laboratories in the absence of the Laboratory Manager.
The role will include responsibility for ensuring regulatory compliance within all laboratories and elevating any areas of non-compliance to the Laboratory Manager.
The post holder will assist in the supervision and training of new members of staff, students and visitors. The post holder will also participate in research and service development under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager. The post holder will contribute to creating a positive working environment within the laboratory team that supports development, improvement and change.
- To perform all clinical embryology and andrology duties following appropriate training and competency assessment.
- To oversee the procurement of laboratory products and services
- To inform patients of treatment options, treatment outcomes and discuss the implications
- To participate in internal and external QA, including UKNEQAS and Gamete Expert and achieve a satisfactory level of performance
- To take part in the normal rota of duties, including weekend work, on-call rota, PIE and working bank holidays.
Planning, administration, analysis and reporting
- To plan laboratory work flow.
- To contribute to planning of clinical work schedules
- To comply with regulatory requirements for documentation and record keeping.
- To document all laboratory information accurately in patients notes, on Excel & IDEAs databases and HFEA forms
- To collect and report laboratory statistical data accurately and completely as requested by the Laboratory Manager.
Research and development, continuous improvement, and quality management
- To assist the Laboratory Manager and the Quality Manager in ensuring that the Oxford Quality Management System is updated and adhered to in the laboratory area.
- To conduct clinical audit and review the results.
- To be aware of laboratory performance in order to identify opportunities to improve the laboratory function.
- To assist in the introduction of new methodology in the laboratory area.
- To write and maintain standard operating procedures as practices and technology develops.
- To participate in continuing professional development and commit to being current with regard to practices and knowledge
- To comply with the requirements of Oxford's QMS, HFEA, CQC and ISO certifying bodies.
- Management of the PGS Service
- Management of all equipment within the laboratory area ensuring equipment is subject to daily/weekly/monthly checks and serviced in line with regulatory requirements.
- Assist in delivery of the quality management system ensuring an ongoing process of improvement through audit, non-compliance and monitoring of KPI’s
- Deputise for the Laboratory Manager at local and group level meetings
Qualifications and Experience:
• Biological science undergraduate degree
• HCPC state registration as a clinical scientist
• 4+ years experience in clinical embryology
• Previous experience at senior level
• Excellent communication, decision making and problem solving skills
• Ability to clearly and empathetically interact with patients at all levels of their fertility journey
• Understanding and compliance with the HFEA code of practice
• Trophectoderm biopsy practitioner
• Postgraduate degree/qualification
• Previous experience with training junior embryologists
• Involvement in previous research projects
• Experience with time-lapse incubation and use of prediction models