Head of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) Laboratory and Consultant Nephrologist

Belfast (City/Town)
20 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) Laboratory and Consultant Nephrologist with an interest in Transplantation

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

This new post is unique in the UK, comprising the combined roles of Clinical
Lead for the H&I service and Consultant Nephrologist with an interest in
transplantation, with an expected minimum of 70% time laboratory-based.

The Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Regional Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (H&I) Laboratory provides a diagnostic and advisory service to medical and other healthcare professionals in support of solid organ and haematopoietic stem cell transplant programmes, as well as disease diagnosis for the population of Northern Ireland.

The laboratory is located on the Belfast City Hospital site within the Northern
Ireland Blood Transfusion building. The H&I team comprises Clinical Scientists, Biomedical Scientists, Lab Aides and administrative staff. A Deputy Head of H+I has recently been appointed. The laboratory is well resourced with up-to-date equipment for HLA typing, antibody profiling and crossmatching.

Both renal and bone marrow transplantation takes place on the Belfast City
Hospital site. There are 9 consultant nephrologists and 5 consultant transplant surgeons, recipient and live donor transplant coordinators, specialist nurses, allied health professionals and administrative support staff. In the past year the Unit performed 123 kidney transplants (76 live donor and 47 deceased donor).

The laboratory plays a critical role in supporting living and deceased donor
renal transplantation programmes. There are consistently over 100 transplants performed annually. In the past five years the number of living donor transplants performed in the Belfast Transplant Centre has increased
significantly, making it the largest living donor transplant programme in the
UK in 2016. There is a pro-active approach to transplanting highly sensitized
individuals with close collaboration with the clinical transplant team.

The success of this approach is evident in that Belfast is the only UK centre
that has nobody on the active list waiting over 7 years for transplantation.
Non renal services include haematopoietic stem cell transplantation,
transfusion related services and genetic association testing. A service level
agreement exists with the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, in which the laboratory provides a HLA molecular typing service for volunteers
associated with the British Bone Marrow donor registry.

We are seeking a Head of H&I to provide a comprehensive H&I service to
medical and other healthcare professionals across Northern Ireland, and a
consultant nephrologist to support the renal transplantation service.

The laboratory is currently CPA accredited and transitioning to UKAS ISO 15189.

The successful applicant will be responsible for liaising with clinical staff and
providing clinical advice and will be expected to participate in the Clinical H&I
on-call rota for the deceased donor renal transplant programmes. It is
anticipated he/she will also play a key role in the development of the service.
He/she will also deliver direct patient care at regular post-transplant review
outpatient clinics as well as provide cover for the inpatient transplantation
service 2 months/year.

Applications are invited from GMC-registered (or eligible to register) holders of CCT or equivalent in Nephrology, (or expected to attain within 6 months of
interview) and have a specialist interest in Transplantation, and also have full
FRCPath in H&I or equivalent, and appropriate experience in a clinical
H&I service.

For informal enquiries please contact Elaine Boyle (H&I Lab Manager)
on (+44) 028 950 44529 or email: elaine.boyle@belfasttrust.hscni.net. There
will also be an opportunity to liaise with the Interim Clinical Lead upon request.

The post will be available with immediate effect following receipt of relevant checks eg references, AccessNI etc.

Closing date: 2pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017.


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