SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Senior LIMS Manager

  • Permanent
  • London

A unique career opportunity for pathology specialists.   

This is a unique career opportunity to be part of a truly remarkable transformation programme which will implement the largest and most ambitious pathology transformation in the UK using a world leading laboratory information management system (LIMS) in partnership with two of the largest and most prestigious NHS foundation trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital.  

SYNLAB is the European market leader for human medicine laboratory services.  In the UK, we are proud to partner with the NHS to provide diagnostic pathology testing services including the most innovative molecular and genetic diagnostic and digital pathology tests available.  Walso provide private sector pathology services, including COVID testing, workplace drug and alcohol testing and advanced veterinary testing.   

SYNLAB is partnering with Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital Foundation Trusts in a joint venture to deliver pathology services to the Trusts and to GPs across South East London.  The South East London Pathology Transformation Programme will deliver a state of the art hub and spoke pathology service delivering over 35m tests per annum at a lower cost and with improved turnaround times in order to improve the quality and accessibility of diagnostics testing and enhance patient outcomes. 

The core LIMS to support the pathology transformation will be Epic Beaker which will also be a key component of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital electronic health record (EHR) programme, also known as Apollo.  Apollo is the most ambitious programme of clinical pathway transformation the Trusts have ever undertaken and it will be powered by the world’s leading EHR system, Epic.  The Epic Beaker LIMS, fully integrated to Trusts’ Epic EHR, will be at the heart of SYNLAB’s pathology transformation programme. 

The Apollo programme will run in parallel to SYNLAB’s pathology transformation programme.  Hence, this role offers the opportunity to be part of an exciting new joint venture between SYNLAB, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College Hospital, working on both the UK’s largest and most ambitious pathology transformation programme and a major EHR programme. 

We are seeking talented individuals with a strong biomedical background who are keen to play an active role in building the future pathology service for South East London.  Knowledge of Epic is not essential however experience in a large scale LIMS implementation would be beneficial. 

Purpose 

As LIMS Senior Manager, you will lead the delivery and the ongoing operation of the core Epic Beaker LIMS and associated middleware for the South East London Pathology Service.  You will act as Workstream Lead (one of four) and will take full operational responsibility for one of the following groups:

  1. Order comms, phlebotomy, logistics 
  2. Infection services, ultra-specialist services and genomics
  3. Blood sciences, including blood transfusion
  4. Tissue services and digital histopathology 

Groupings are yet to be finalised.  All will include training, middleware, migration and reporting responsibilities.   Full training on the Beaker LIMS and will be provided by Epic. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Overall responsibility for the implementation and ongoing operation of nominated components of the Epic Beaker LIMS and associated middleware 
  • Develop, motivate and lead a team of LIMS Analysts 
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert for nominated areas of responsibility 
  • Work with the LIMS Programme Manager to develop, manage and execute project plans and meet agreed delivery, quality and budget targets 
  • Overall responsibility for all aspects of system set-up and configuration for nominated areas of responsibility 
  • Work collaboratively with operational and clinical colleagues to define workflows and working practices which will improve efficiency and patient outcomes 
  • Champion and implement agreed workflows and working practices, building the awareness, support, knowledge and cooperation of all impacted colleagues 
  • Work with suppliers, operational and IT colleagues to develop effective and efficient integration to laboratory equipment 
  • Work with data and analytics colleagues to develop clinical and operational reports and external reporting requirements 
  • Work with the Principal Trainer to develop and deliver training 
  • Ensure excellent communication with colleagues, clinicians and senior management to build awareness and support 
  • Support clinicians to access data for patient care and for research and development 
  • Ensure patient information is managed in accordance with information governance and data protection standards and policies 
  • Oversee user acceptance testing with a structured approach to logging and resolving defects and reporting progress 
  • Ensure all documentation is professional, fit for purpose and meets agreed standards 
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders, EHR and Pathology Transformation team colleagues and with suppliers 

Experience required 

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject plus master’s degree level or equivalent experience 
  • Biomedical science qualification  
  • Significant experience of working in hospital-based pathology laboratories 
  • Experience of LIMS management and leadership in a complex healthcare environment 
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop a high performing team 
  • Experience of order comms systems 
  • Experience of change management leadership in a healthcare environment 
  • Strong negotiation skills with demonstrable experience of agreeing new working practices 
  • Significant experience working at a senior level in a hospital environment   
  • Expert knowledge of clinical and operational workflows and processes within a pathology department and how these interact with other hospital departments 
  • Experience of clinical and operation reporting for both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Detailed understanding of the implications of data quality on clinical safety and governance  
  • Good understanding of information governance and information security 
  • Advanced IT skills including Microsoft Office applications  
  • Excellent organisational skills  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal 
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including clinical staff and senior management 
  • Able to demonstrate a strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to specified deadlines 
  • Team player – able to build strong working relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders. 

How to apply: 

If you are interested in this role and have the skills, experience and behaviours we are looking for, please follow the link to apply. If this job isn’t right for you but you are looking for a new position, please keep check our website for future opportunities. 

You will be invited to take an online aptitude test at the application stage of the process.  The aim of the test is to ensure we recruit candidates who have the skills in order to succeed in the Epic accreditation training.  The aptitude test aims to evaluate skills in problem solving, data interpretation and verbal reasoning.  Successful candidates will be then invited to attend a virtual assessment session with real life exercises to assess capability and approach to LIMS and to a capability and behavioural competency final interview. 

Synlab UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable UK employment law.   

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