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Senior Clinical Embryologist

The Fertility Partnership

Belfast Fertility, United Kingdom

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Belfast Fertility

Belfast Fertility is part of the Fertility Partnership, which is one of the largest providers of IVF in Europe. Our clinics, our staff and our patients, benefit from the partnership and all the expertise within the group.

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the team at our state of the art Belfast facility. The post is ideally suited to candidates with at least 4 years clinical experience, ideally with biopsy skills, who have obtained state registration either via ACE certificate or STP routes who wish to expand on their clinical experience and take on specific areas of responsibility. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, be a team player, able to work independently and have good attention to detail. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a rapidly expanding clinic giving the candidate plenty of scope for personal development & benefiting from working closely with scientists both within the clinic and throughout the Fertility Partnership.

Key Responsibilities

Clinical work

  • To perform all clinical embryology and andrology duties following appropriate training and competency assessment.  Core clinical duties to include:
    • Diagnostic Semen Analysis and Semen Preparation for Treatment
    • Ooctye Collections
    • Insemination, including ICSI
    • Fertilisation Checks
    • Embryo culture to Day 5
    • Embryo Transfer
    • Cryopreservation
    • Culture dish preparation
    • Blastocyst Biopsy and/or PGS Consultations
  • To participate in laboratory maintenance tasks and assist in validation within the laboratory
  • To assist in the management and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • To oversee the procurement of laboratory products and services
  • To adhere to all standard operating procedures
  • To inform patients of treatment options, treatment outcomes and discuss the implications
  • To meet laboratory Key Performance Indexes for all critical laboratory tasks
  • To participate in internal and external QA, including UKNEQAS and Gamete Expert and achieve a satisfactory level of performance
  • To assist in the implementation of decisions regarding the embryology area.
  • To assist in the supervision of trainee embryologists and laboratory assistants
  • 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 own daily work flow in cooperation with other staff.
  • 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 Director of Embryology.

Communication and cooperation

  • To create a positive working environment and motivate & encourage other members of staff
  • To commit to effective communication and cooperation within the laboratory team and other functional areas
  • To communicate effectively and politely with patients and ensure information provided is correct
  • To obtain patient consent as required by regulation
  • To participate in meetings for the embryology staff and clinic wide meetings.
  • To build and maintain professional networks in order to assist recruitment and to develop a broad knowledge of developments in the assisted reproduction field.
  • To build good relationships with suppliers in order to ensure good service and to facilitate participation in trials.
  • To actively assist in marketing efforts.

Research and development, continuous improvement, and quality management

  • To assist the Director of Embryology and the Quality Manager in ensuring that the Nurture Quality Management System is updated and adhered to in the laboratory field.
  • To conduct clinical audit and present the results to the Director of Embryology.
  • To be aware of laboratory performance in order to identify opportunities to improve the laboratory function.
  • To update standard operating procedures under the direction of the Director of Embryology.
  • To participate in continuing professional development and commit to being current with regard to practices and knowledge
  • To be aware of own performance in order to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • To be involved in research projects as directed by the Director of Embryology.
  • To participate in the reporting of results of research and development efforts.
  • To comply with the requirements of Nurture’s QMS, HFEA, CQC and ISO certifying bodies.
  • To report non-compliance with regulations to line manager.
  • To contribute to reducing the risk of future non-compliance.
  • To be cooperative with the rest of the clinic so that it can meet the regulatory requirements.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist in the delivery of other projects/procedures as directed by the Director of Embryology
Experience Required:  • A solid knowledge of the HFEA Code of Practice. • > 6 years of clinical embryology experience • Experience of quality management in the IVF laboratory • Experience of audit and writing SOP’s • Ability to review audit results and recommend and implement areas of improvement • Proficient in IVF laboratory tasks as evidenced by documented clinical outcomes and KPI’s • Ability to comply with laboratory quality management procedures • An excellent understanding of the scientific basis of embryology and embryo culture • A good understanding of clinical aspects of reproductive medicine and infertility care • A good understanding of the maintenance of laboratory equipment • Ability to identify areas of service development and oversee agreed changes
Education Required:  • Life sciences degree, 2:1 or above • ACE Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Embryology or ESHRE Certificate • HFEA ICSI license • HCPC State Registered
Salary:  £35,000- £45,000– based on experience
Closing Date:  10 January 2020

Contact: Recruitment
The Fertility Partnership
Belfast Fertility, United Kingdom
Informal Enquiries:
Website: https://www.thefertilitypartnership.com/vacancies/senior-embryologist/
Applications: Online Submission Link

Date Added: 18 December 2019    

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