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Healthcare Scientist

£39300 - £46006 per annum

Healthcare Scientist Research

Permanent - 2 posts

Band 7

Salary Scale - £39,300 - £46,006

Hours - 37.5 per week

Location - Meridian Court, Glasgow/Gyle Square, Edinburgh

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has designed NHS Scotland Assure to improve the management of risk in new builds and refurbishment projects across NHS Scotland. The new service will be a multi-disciplinary team with subject matter experts in the fields of infection prevention and control, hard and soft facilities and building management. It will have oversight for the design, construction, and maintenance of major infrastructure developments within the NHS. It will be a quality management system for the healthcare built environment. NHS Scotland Assure will strengthen infection prevention and control in the built environment and play a crucial guidance role regarding incidents and outbreaks across health and social care.

Our forthcoming NSS service will serve to improve the management of risk in new builds and refurbishment across NHS Scotland. We are currently recruiting Healthcare Scientists to play an integral role in this service.

This role will contribute to the development, maintenance and delivery of one or more surveillance systems under the guidance of senior scientific. The post holder will provide advice and information to a range of stakeholders on built environment and health protection topics.

The service aims to support research that will provide evidence to help reduce risks within the healthcare built environment in the areas of ventilation, water, drainage, electrical and medical gas systems, fire suppression and infection prevention and control. This is really important as we all know patient safety is a fundamental requirement when delivering our healthcare facilities. The guidance produced by our service and advice provided by our subject matter experts helps ensure that patients, their carer's and those delivering healthcare are in an environment which is not only safe but also effective and person centred.

We are looking to recruit a Healthcare Scientist to help produce the evidence base needed to ensure that the advice given and the guidance produced by our service to support the delivery of safe healthcare facilities is based, not only on best practice but also best evidence. The successful candidate will also contribute to the delivery of new research in areas where there are gaps in our evidence base.

As a Healthcare Scientist, the post holder will be required to provide specialised research skills and expertise to support consultants, programme leads and senior staff in the provision of specialised information, guidance, advice and support to stakeholders. You should be able to identify, critically appraise and summarise scientific and technical literature, assimilate and present this information appropriately to groups of staff and stakeholders. You will be educated to post graduate level in a health or research field. You should have an enthusiastic approach with excellent planning and organisational skills and have the ability to foster and maintain good working relationships.

Knowledge and experience of the NHS Scotland healthcare estates and facilities would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland check.

Any candidate who has lived/worked overseas for more than 12 months in the preceding 5 years will also be required to provide a criminal record check from the appropriate overseas agency.

For an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact Sarah Gracie;

Tel: 07999 421314

Closing date for completed applications is 3rd February 2021

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