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As a Healthcare Manager, there’s no saying what the future holds for you – or for the hundreds of people you will be helping every month

It is so rewarding to witness the difference tissue donation can make to a recipient from changing the quality of life to a keen sport fanatic through orthopaedic surgery or providing the visually impaired the gift of sight allowing them to see their loved ones again. Amanda Ranson Profile Photo.jpg
Amanda Ranson

National Retrieval Manager

Join us for a career unlike any other

Did you know that our Leeds team has the capacity to transform 100 people’s lives every week through tissue transplantation? This includes eyes for corneal transplantation, heart for heart valve transplantation and skin used in the treatment of burns victims. This is just some of the incredible work our tissue teams are doing at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

We’re currently looking for a Healthcare Manager to oversee our Leeds team. This is a unique opportunity for a forward-thinking individual with proven leadership experience to lead a tissue retrieval team of six in their vital duties.

With your focus on a deceased tissue group, such as ocular, cardiac or musculoskeletal, you’ll get the most out of your colleagues as you guide and inspire them. From checking they’re meeting expected standards to mentoring and guiding them in the development of new skills, you’ll be at the forefront of their future capabilities. You’ll develop your own skills too, taking on one tissue retrieval shift per week.

And while people management will make up a vital element of your role, you’ll be right at the heart of the action too. Joining the rota, you’ll benefit from flexible hours, predominantly based around 9-6, but with the scope to start earlier or later. Once a month you’ll need to work 12-8 on a specific day but this will planned in advance.

One week in five, you’ll be at the helm of coordinating our retrieval teams nationally. Working with colleagues across the country, you’ll ensure consents are in place and allocate the right retrieval teams to the right places.

Each day you can expect to be directing retrievals from up to 10 donors a day – though we have sometimes witnessed up to 20 a day. Which all translates to the need for a lateral thinker who is truly passionate about ensuring every donation is made available to a recipient – someone who will have a better quality of life thanks to your exceptional organisational and leadership skills.

To be equal to the challenge


This is a life-enhancing role – for both you and the patients who will ultimately benefit from your expertise. As such, you’ll have a BSc in a biological sciences discipline, or alternatively you might bring significant management experience to the role.

You’ll be a natural leader – someone who excels in a fast-paced team, and you’ll have plenty of compassion and a meticulous approach. Comfortable learning new systems and a natural mentor and communicator, you’ll enjoy the responsibility that comes with being the link between our retrieval teams and the National Referral Centre.

We’re proud to be part of the NHS, but we think that NHSBT offers something even more special in terms of job satisfaction. Ultimately, we’re all working towards the same shared goal of saving and improving people’s lives, but the way that we do our work gives us an edge. That’s almost entirely down to the supportive culture that we have built within our teams.

From our friendly and inclusive workplaces, to extensive training and development opportunities – and therefore the chance to climb the ladder and explore new skills – we’re committed to helping our people succeed. And of course, our flexible working hours, competitive benefits package and 27 days of annual leave (plus 8 bank holidays) are important too.

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Our people don’t just enjoy coming to work, they love their careers. And that’s something that we’re determined to continue. So join us, and see for yourself what it is to be part of a team who are improving the nation’s wellbeing.

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