Band 7 Clinical Embryologist

Reference No:                           159-LWH-76-18

Post:                                          Clinical Embryologist

Location:                                   Hewitt Fertility Centre (Liverpool), UK

Band: 7 (A4C)                              Salary: Dependent on experience

Hours: 37.5                                  Pattern of work: Flexible - including weekends

Type of contract:                        Permanent

The Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust houses one of the foremost assisted conception units in the country and is the largest NHS provider of assisted conception services in the UK. The Hewitt Fertility Centre is based over two sites, the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the Knutsford business park. The Scientific team are currently seeking to appoint a state registered Clinical Embryologist (STP students due to finish in September are welcome to apply) with experience to join our highly skilled and dedicated team of 31 scientists. The position will primarily be based at Knutsford however flexibility is required to work in the Liverpool lab on occasion. The Hewitt Fertility Centre is dedicated to providing the very best in patient care and offers a full range of laboratory therapeutic and diagnostic treatment (IVF, ICSI, IMSI, PGS, TESE, semen, egg & embryo cryopreservation, and sperm, egg and embryo donation programs). The Hewitt Fertility Centre includes the latest time-lapse technologies for all patients in our state-of-the-art laboratories capable of handling in excess of 3000 IVF/ICSI cycles per annum.

Grade:                         Clinical Scientist (Band 7)


Location:                     Hewitt Fertility Centres, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Knutsford


Responsible to:           Scientific Director


Reports to:                  Lead Clinical Embryologists


Job purpose:               To become fully proficient in, and to perform all clinical embryological procedures (including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), vitrification and time-lapse technologies) associated with the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment services provided by the Hewitt Fertility Centres.



Main duties and responsibilities


  1. To perform all laboratory procedures associated with the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment services provided by the Hewitt Fertility Centres including semen analysis, sperm preparation (including donor, and surgically retrieved testicular and epididymal sperm), oocyte and embryo handling, gamete (ejaculated and surgically retrieved sperm) and embryo cryopreservation, clinical intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), time-lapse technologies and other micromanipulation techniques. To select embryos best suited for embryo transfer and cryopreservation.


  1. To participate in the treatment of patients with known high risk diseases (ie HIV, Hepatitis B & Hep C).


  1. To convey, where necessary, relevant details of treatment (quality of oocytes, sperm and embryos) directly to patients in a clear, concise, and understanding manner. To suggest alternative treatments if and when necessary.


  1. To counsel patients regarding the implications of treatment options to ensure correct information is given and relevant questions answered properly in order to assist them in making an informed decision.


  1. To break bad news to patients and counsel them regarding the outcome and further treatment options.


  1. To participate in the annual embryo storage audits and to assist with the system of contact for patients with embryos in storage.


  1. To maintain the liquid nitrogen storage vessels ensuring stored material integrity. This will involve handling of liquid nitrogen, and manual handling of storage vessels in accordance with accepted safe practice.


  1. To perform all duties in accordance with the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act (1990) and the Code of Practice issued by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, and any other relevant regulation.


  1. To undertake the formal witnessing of procedures as required by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to ensure the correct identification of patients, gametes (oocytes and sperm) and fresh and frozen embryos.


  1. To ensure that informed consent (in accordance with the HFEA) is in place prior to any treatments being performed.


  1. To anticipate and handle the day-to-day workload and ensure that preparations and procedures are performed effectively and to the highest possible standard, paying meticulous attention to detail.


  1. To work flexibly and perform tasks as and when necessary including out of ‘normal working hours’ and to participate in a weekend rota. This will include working across all Hewitt Fertility Centre sites.


  1. To perform a daily audit of all equipment to ensure that they are functioning correctly and within critical parameters.


  1. To participate in the maintenance of laboratory equipment and cleaning of the embryology and laboratory and associated areas.


  1. To liaise with centres outside of the Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust regarding workload, treatments, outcome of treatments and transfer of gametes or embryos between centres.


  1. To critically analyse and audit laboratory performance.


  1. To perform accurate and complete data collection as required by the Hewitt Fertility Centre and by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority.


  1. To liaise directly, and by telephone, with colleagues and other members of the Hewitt Fertility Centre staff and other healthcare professionals ensuring that information is conveyed to colleagues accurately and in a timely manner.


  1. To actively participate in the development and maintenance of research within the Hewitt Fertility Centre.


  1. To disseminate research findings and other relevant material at a local, national and international level.


  1. To keep abreast of recent developments within the field of reproductive medicine and to participate in the Continual Professional Development (CPD) scheme operated by the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE).


  1. To work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the highest possible standard of care.


  1. To assist in the training and supervision of trainees and less experienced staff. To participate in the demonstration of procedures during the induction of new members of staff.


  1. To provide Andrology cover when short staffed by performing all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures associated with the Andrology laboratory within the Hewitt Fertility Centres


  1. To participate in the external QC (UKNEQAS) scheme in accordance with the World Health Organisation and ISO 15189 standards to maintain UKAS accreditation.


  1. To be proficient and use the computer database systems used by the Hewitt Fertility Centre. To carry out required administrative duties associated with the embryology laboratory.


  1. To follow procedures, standards and protocols to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes and ensure that procedures are performed effectively and to the highest possible standard, paying meticulous attention to detail.


  1. To present at patient support groups (ie Link Support Group).



Value Based Behaviours:



Linked behaviours


Care: we show we care about people

Listens and acts to the concerns of others to bring about improvements for people (patients and staff).


Shows empathy to others and a caring attitude to people (staff, patients and the public)


Ambition: we want the best for people

Motivates and coaches others to support them to develop their own capabilities and skills.


Links individual development needs with service goals.


Has the resilience to keep going in adversity and shows a can do attitude to deliver improvements for others.


Strives to ensure the role or service they deliver is the best


Respect: we value the differences and talents of people

Notice the suggestions of others even if you may not agree.


Provide constructive feedback.


Show appropriate professional standards at all time.


Concentrates on what is right rather than who is right.


Engage: we involve people in how we do things

Seeks feedback and input into decision making and service improvement for all people involved (patients, staff and the public).


Actively takes others views into account.


Shows a positive outlook to delivering the best service possible, and leads others by example. 


Learn : we learn from people, past, present and future


Checks outcomes against plan.


Uses evidence and experience of others to inform improvements to services for patients and staff


Values, generates and uses evidence to lead future improvements




Mandatory Statements


  1. This post is subject to a standard CRB check. 


  1. Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment and has an Equality and Diversity Policy.  You are expected to observe this policy in your behaviour towards: patients, work colleagues and the public.


  1. In the course of your duties you may acquire or have access to confidential information which must not be disclosed to any other person unless in the pursuit of your duties or with specific permission given on behalf of the Trust.


  1. You must ensure that you handle personal information in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  2. You are reminded that, in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and subsequent legislation, you have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid injury to yourself and to others by your work activities, and are required to co-operate with the Trust in meeting statutory requirements.


  1. In the interests of your development you will be expected to take a positive role in the Performance and Development Review (PDR) Process.


  1. You must ensure that you adhere to the Trust Infection Control policies and procedures at all times.  You have a duty of care under the Health Care Act to prevent the spread of infection.


  1. Within the NHS, good patient care is reliant on the availability of complete, accurate, relevant and timely data. The quality of information will limit the capability to make operational decisions about the way care is planned, managed and undertaken.  Poor information quality leads to poor decision making and may put service users at risk. High quality information means better, safer patient care.  Where you are required to record data on any system, regardless of the type of media, you must ensure that is it up to date, accurate, complete and timely. Ensure that you feel sufficiently knowledgeable about the system you are asked to use and what is required of you in order to fulfil your task accurately. Where an error is created or discovered by yourself on any system which you cannot rectify, you must contact the relevant helpdesk / system owner or your Line manager.  Please read the Data Quality Policy located on the Intranet and ensure you understand your responsibilities.


  1. You must comply with all Trust policies and procedures and attend all necessary mandatory training.


  1. This document provides an outline of the main responsibilities of the post.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties.  Your job description will be subject to regular review with your Line Manager.


PERSON SPECIFICATION – HFC Clinical Embryologist Band 7








  • Bachelor of Science Degree in life sciences (or an equivalent qualification) from an EU University; alternative degrees or other qualifications may be acceptable
  • Certificate Clinical Embryology awarded by the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and the Institute of Biology or a graduate of the Modernising Scientific Careers STP training programme.


  • Relevant higher degree

Professional requirements

  • Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.  Ability to work without direct supervision and ability to take charge of organising the laboratory on a day to day basis.
  • Recognised by the HFEA as an ICSI practitioner
  • Vitrification

Previous experience

  • Experience within the field of assisted conception and reproductive medicine
  • Micromanipulation experience
  • Research experience
  • NHS experience


  • Able to accept responsibility for functions/procedures within a working environment


Team Work

  • Able to work within a multidisciplinary team
  • personable, have excellent communication skill
  • Previous experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

Organisational Skills

  • Able to make efficient use of time and to complete workload and tasks
  • Able to prioritise tasks


Flexibility & Adaptability

  • To have a flexible approach to work (including out of normal hours)
  • Able to adapt to the changing needs of the unit



  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Able to assess situations and suggest possible solutions in order to enhance the service


  • Able to work with a high level of commitment to deliver the highest possible standard of service at all times



  • Understanding of the importance of patient confidentiality


Special Conditions

  • To have a meticulous approach to work
  • To have an excellent attendance record





The successful applicant will be required to actively participate in all routine embryological procedures and take part in a weekend and on-call rota. The successful applicant must have experience working within clinical embryology and be familiar with the HFEA Code of Practice. ICSI and vitrification experience would be preferable. The successful applicant must be personable, have excellent communication skills, enabling them to deal with patients directly and liaise with colleagues – being a ‘team-player’ is essential.


For more details or to arrange an informal visit please contact Rebecca Lunt (Senior Clinical Embryologist)


This post may close early due to high numbers of applications so you are advised to apply promptly.


The Trust is committed to equality and diversity in employment.

The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of its staff and may have flexible working options available.

Reference No.: 159-LWH-76-18
Date Posted: Monday 25th June 2018
Application Closing Date: Tuesday 25th June 2019
Company: The Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Contact Name: Ms Rebecca Lunt
Contact Email:
Contact Telephone: 0151 708 9988

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