Careers at Canterbury SCL

 

At Canterbury SCL we are proud of the positive impact our services have on the health and well-being of the greater Canterbury community. Our laboratory is highly automated and technically advanced, and we deliver an outstanding service for patients and health professionals. We are committed to the future of pathology in New Zealand through excellence in technical, clinical, and service innovations. Our employees are committed to achieving the Canterbury SCL vision.

 

The Canterbury SCL Culture and Values

Your work processes and actions must at all times reflect our values of:

  • Service Excellence
  • Team Work and Integrity
  • Aspiration
  • Responsibility

 

What Canterbury SCL Offers

  • A safe and professionally rewarding work environment
  • An opportunity to be part of a customer and performance based culture
  • Competitive remuneration based on industry rates
  • A new Laboratory with modern equipment and workstations

 

Our laboratory is divided into different departments:

Processing - This department is responsible for the accurate and timely entering of codes for patient testing procedures, laboratory results, contact centre information services for community pathology patients, and referring practitioners. There are three sections within the processing department: Data Entry, Call Centre and Specimen Reception.

Specimen Reception is responsible for receipting samples into the laboratory and delivering them to the correct internal and external testing destinations. They ensure that all the relevant patient demographics correlate, and follow-up where necessary.

Haematology - Haematology is the study of blood, blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. Haematologists examine blood films using a microscope to diagnose diseases such as anaemia, and bone marrow disorders. Blood samples are analysed by highly automated machinery to analyse the components of patient blood samples.

Immunology - Immunology is the study of diseases caused by disorders of the immune system. Disorders can be broadly categorized as either immunodeficiency where part of the immune system fails to provide an adequate response or autoimmunity where the immune system attacks its own host's body. Hypersensitivity disorders are also possible where the immune system responds inappropriately to compounds.

Biochemistry - Biochemistry involves the analysis of body fluids for diseases such as diabetes and renal failure using enzyme activity measurements, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, and immunoassays. Highly automated machines are closely monitored and quality controlled by scientists and technicians.

Anatomical Pathology - Anatomical Pathology has two main sections at Canterbury SCL: Histology - tissue samples are prepared for examination by a pathologist. Tissues are dissected, embedded in wax, and then thinly sliced. The tissue is then stained to allow differentiation of tissue components. Histology is especially important for the diagnosis of cancer. Cytology - the study of cellular disease using cellular changes within specimens to diagnose disease.

Microbiology - The Microbiology team isolate, identify and perform sensitivity testing on bacteria and fungi from a range of patient samples including blood, urine, and faeces samples. Microbiology is also involved in the microscopic examination of specimens for parasites.

Patient Services - Patient Services are responsible for collecting specimens from patients for Laboratory testing.

Logistics - Logistics manage the logistical operations of Canterbury SCL such as warehousing, supply, and distribution of stock for both internal and external customers, as well as co-ordinating and organising the medical courier network. Within logistics there are 2 main areas: Medical Couriers and Stores.

 

Career Paths at Canterbury SCL

There are a variety of roles available within our various departments:

Specimen Services Technician 

A Specimen Services Technician is responsible for the accurate and timely entering of codes for patient testing procedures, laboratory results, contact centre information services for community pathology patients, and referring practitioners. There are two different areas in which a Specimen Services Technician can work - Data Entry and Specimen Reception. 

To be a Specimen Services Technician you must have a minimum of 3 years Secondary School education resulting in either; NCEA with credits in Math, English (reading and writing) and Computer Studies or School Certificate with pass marks in Maths, English and Typing or Computer Studies.

Medical Laboratory Technician

A Medical Laboratory Technician prepares slides of blood and other fluid for examination under a microscope and performs tests on blood, body fluids and body tissues. A Technician also operates and maintains laboratory testing equipment. A Technician can specialise in any of the following: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Haematology (blood), Histology (tissues), Cytology (cells), Immunology (immune system).

Medical Laboratory Technicians must be registered by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand (MSCNZ). To register, you must have completed a QMLT/QPT course of laboratory based training as well as having a minimum of two years experience working in a medical laboratory. Upon successful completion of one of the above certificates you can apply to the Board for registration as a MLT. Please refer to the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand website for additional information on this process.

At Canterbury SCL we provide a clear career pathway and qualification framework for our Scientists and Technicians. This includes training, seminars where appropriate and support for study where possible. Our technical teams undertake continual development and up-skilling.

Medical Laboratory Scientist

A Medical Laboratory Scientist tests and studies blood, tissue and fluid samples from patients. They also assist to prepare samples for pathologists to examine. A Scientist uses and maintains specialised laboratory equipment, quality assurance and safety standards. A Scientist can specialise in any of the following: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Haematology (blood), Histology (tissues), Cytology (cells), Immunology (immune system). 

Medical Laboratory Scientists must be registered by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand (MSCNZ). To register you must have either a Bachelors degree in Medical Laboratory Science or a Bachelor of Science plus a minimum of two years experience in a medical laboratory. 

Please refer to the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand website for additional information on this process.

At Canterbury SCL we provide a clear career pathway and qualification framework for our Scientists and Technicians. This includes training, seminars where appropriate and support for study where possible. Our technical teams undertake continual development and up-skilling.

Phlebotomist

A Phlebotomist collects the blood samples and body fluids from community patients for laboratory testing. On-the-job training is provided where non-qualified staff are working towards a Qualified Phlebotomist Technician Certificate from day one of work. Phlebotomists work with patients on a daily basis so you will need to have a caring nature with excellent attention to detail.

To achieve a Qualified Phlebotomist Technician Certificate, candidates must do the following: 

  • Work continuously as a phlebotomist for 18 months prior to the examination, or
  • Accumulate not less than 18 months (3,000 hours) practical experience in the examination subject
  • Work for a minimum of 12 months with a New Zealand Medical company, and
  • Be able to provide evidence of work in the discipline in another country

Upon completion of two years (4,000 hours) continuous or accumulated practical experience in the subject, and successful completion of the logbook and a pass grade in the written QPT examination, the QPT certificate will be awarded.

As a Phlebotomist for Canterbury SCL you could work in any of the Collection Centres across the city or on the road as part of our mobile / home visiting team looking after those patients who can't get to a collection centre in that area.

Medical Courier

Medical Courier drivers are responsible for picking up specimens from both Canterbury SCL Collection Centres and Medical Clinics. They then transport the specimens back to the laboratory for testing. To be considered for this role you will need to have the following:

  • A clean and current full New Zealand driver's license
  • A good working knowledge of the Canterbury Region
  • A clean criminal record

 

The Canterbury SCL Recruitment Process

  • All positions will be advertised on the Canterbury SCL Website. Additional advertising may occur in newspapers, employment websites such as Seek or Trademe and specialist locations or publications.
  • All applicants will be required to complete an application for employment form and attach a current CV and cover letter.
  • Applicants who will not be interviewed will receive this information via email (if they have a current email address) or by post.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for an interview.
  • The interview will cover: Technical expertise and experience questions as well as, Interpersonal and behaviour questions. Applicants will be asked to outline how their work skills & work practices will align with and enhance our 6 core values. (Example: Applicants will be asked to outline how they will display Professionalism or Cultural Appropriateness in their work).
  • After the interviews applicants will be given an indication of the timeframe for any decisions or the next step in the recruitment process.
  • Applicants may be required to attend second interviews or undertake practical skills assessment.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the interview process.

All applications will be treated with the highest levels of confidentiality. Each application will be equally considered on its merits.

 

Further Information

Please visit this website regularly to keep informed of the latest news on our recruitment process.

To automatically receive recruitment information please register your interest at the Canterbury SCL Careers website

 

Recruitment FAQs

The following aim to provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions about recruitment. If you have any further queries, please contact us

 

Is my application confidential?

All applications and registrations of interest are treated in strictest confidence.

Can I bring a support person to my interview?

You are welcome to bring whanau or other support people to your interview. Please let us know if you'd like to bring more than one person to ensure we have enough space available.

Do you employ overseas applicants?

Our priority is to employ laboratory and collection centre staff who currently work in the Canterbury region. However, anyone qualified and entitled to work in New Zealand will also be considered for available roles.

What are the operating hours of the Canterbury SCL main laboratory?

The general operating hours for our Harewood laboratory are 8am till 10pm. Different departments will have varying hours depending on their needs.

What staff facilities do you have available?

We provide a comfortable, clean, relaxed environment for your time outside the lab. We have a modern staffroom, facilities for you to make your own lunches, plus a locker room and shower facilities.

If I drive my car to work, will there be available parking?

There is plenty of parking available in the vicinity of the Laboratory.

What sort of equipment is used?

Canterbury SCL uses the very latest automated and computerised laboratory testing technology.

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