This section is intended as a resource for members seeking or promoting employment, training and/or professional development in the field of toxicology.


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint a new Chair and six Commissioners to join the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) in the following areas:

  • pharmacogenomics/pharmacogenetics;
  • in clinical pharmacology/pharmacovigilance;
  • epidemiology and clinical trials;
  • a nurse specialist;
  • an expert in pharmacy and standards;
  • a toxicologist;
  • a paediatrician or paediatric specialist.
  • We may also require additional expertise of a psychiatrist.

CHM is a statutory committee which advises UK Health Ministers/the Licensing Authority on matters relating to the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines and on adverse reactions to marketed products. The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.

Further details on the Chair vacancy are available here.

Further details on the Commissioner vacancies are available here.

The closing date for applications is midday, 23 November 2020.


Meyerside Police

Forensic Toxicology Manager

  • Job reference: 006091
  • Closing date: 01/11/2020
  • Job start date: Not specified
  • Salary: Grade H £43,830 to £49,023
  • Employment type: Permanent - Full Time
  • Department: (F) Forcewide
  • Hours per week: 36.5
  • Working Days: 5

Forensic Toxicology Manager
Forensic Services Department
Grade H - £43, 830 - £ 49,023
Force Headquarters

Overview of the role

An exciting and innovative opportunity has arisen for a talented and ambitious individual to work as the Forensic Toxicology Manager within Merseyside Police to establish and lead a new multi-million pound Regional Forensic Toxicology testing facility. Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and is one of the largest and best performing metropolitan forces in the UK.

This is a high profile venture which will be a first for Policing in England and Wales and the unit will be providing technical expertise and guidance in delivering a cost effective and efficient service to the five regional Police Forces in this collaborative partnership. This new team will provide services to the investigation teams and criminal justice system with the sole purpose of protecting the communities of the North West.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will initially be involved in the selection, appointment, establishment and training of a new team who will develop a toxicology service.
  • You will initially be working alongside one of the leading UK toxicology experts to install and commission new instruments, develop and validate novel toxicology testing techniques and achieve accreditation of an entirely new service within a challenging timescale.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring optimum standards of quality and delivery of forensic opportunity, drive innovation, continuously improve and effectively implement change.
  • You will be required to meet a high volume of demand from at least five regional Police forces and deliver sample testing and report results within statutory time limits.
  • You will be expected to provide the necessary reassurance and confidence to regional Scientific Support Managers in collaborating forces particularly when faced with operational problems in order to mitigate high down time costs and consequences.
  • You will lead on future development projects and cultivate pioneering ideas.

Knowledge & Experience

  • You will be required to have a degree in a scientific subject or equivalent with relevant experience in a scientific environment.
  • You will have knowledge and experience of Forensic Toxicology (in particular, drug driving) and associated analytical and interpretative processes.
  • You will have experience of an ISO 17025 or ISO 17020 quality management environment in order to understand the impact should accreditation not be achieved and maintained.
  • You will have a sound knowledge of forensic processes.
  • You will have experience of a leadership role and maximise the performance of individuals, teams and the organisation.
  • You will have knowledge and experience of dealing with strategic issues and the formulation of policy to assist in developing an effective compliant strategy.

Benefits

In return for your commitment, you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays – increasing with length of service
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Continuous professional development
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Parking on-site
  • City Centre Headquarters initially but will transfer to a new purpose built site outside of the city centre in 2021

We are looking to conduct interviews during week commencing 16th November 2020. Please be assured that the process will take in to account any Covid restrictions in place at this time.

Guidance notes are attached, please ensure that you read these before completing your supporting evidence.

Police Officers who have given notice that they are retiring within the next six month period can apply for Police Staff vacancies that are advertised externally. If successful the applicant must be in a position to commence on a date specified by the hiring manager.

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made. Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups. For more information please refer to our Positive Action page: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/


Meyerside Police

Senior Forensic Toxicology Analyst

  • Job reference: 006093
  • Closing date: 01/11/2020
  • Job start date: Not specified
  • Salary: Grade F £31,875 to £37,440
  • Employment type: Permanent - Full Time
  • Department: (F) Forcewide
  • Hours per week: 36.5
  • Working Days: 5

Senior Forensic Toxicology Analyst
Forensic Services Department
Grade F - £31, 875 - £37, 440
Force Headquarters

Overview of the role

An exciting and innovative opportunity has arisen for a talented and ambitious individual to work as a Senior Forensic Toxicology Analyst within Merseyside Police to assist in the leadership of a new multi-million pound Regional Forensic Toxicology testing facility. Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and is one of the largest and best performing metropolitan forces in the UK.

This is a high profile venture which will be a first for Policing in England and Wales and the unit will be providing technical expertise and guidance in delivering a cost effective and efficient service to the five regional Police Forces in this collaborative partnership. This new team will provide services to the investigation teams and criminal justice system with the sole purpose of protecting the communities of the North West.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will initially be working alongside the Forensic Toxicology Manager and one of the leading UK toxicology experts to install and commission new instruments, develop and validate novel toxicology testing techniques and achieve accreditation of an entirely new service within a challenging timescale.
  • You will be responsible for handling, processing and analysing various samples for drugs using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography.
  • You will act as technical lead for accreditation, focusing on planning method validation and ensuring proficiency of testing/inter laboratory comparison results as well as ensuring compliance for audits.
  • You will help to maintain competency in forensic toxicology techniques across the team, conducting performance mentoring and identifying training needs as required.
  • You will provide advice, guidance, awareness and mentoring in relation to your area of Forensic Activity to all personnel to ensure full understanding of your department’s processes.
  • You will be required to meet a high volume of demand from at least five regional Police forces and deliver sample testing and report results within statutory time limits.
  • You will be expected to help provide the necessary reassurance and confidence to regional Scientific Support Managers in collaborating forces particularly when faced with operational problems in order to mitigate high down time costs and consequences.
  • You will have a significant input on future development projects and cultivate pioneering ideas.

Knowledge & Experience

  • You will be required to have a degree in a scientific subject or equivalent with relevant experience in a scientific environment.
  • You will have knowledge of LC –MS- MS and/or GC-MS-MS.
  • You will have experience of an ISO 17025 or ISO 17020 quality management environment in order to understand the impact should accreditation not be achieved and maintained.
  • You will have a sound knowledge of forensic processes.
  • Knowledge of Forensic Toxicology is desirable
  • You will have experience of a leadership role and maximise the performance of individuals, teams and the organisation.

Benefits

In return for your commitment, you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays – increasing with length of service
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Continuous professional development
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Parking on-site
  • City Centre Headquarters initially but will transfer to a new purpose built site outside of the city centre in 2021

Interviews for this role will likely take place week commencing 23rd November 2020 or week commencing 30th November 2020. Please be assured that the process will take in to account any Covid restrictions in place at this time.

Police Officers who have given notice that they are retiring within the next six month period can apply for Police Staff vacancies that are advertised externally. If successful the applicant must be in a position to commence on a date specified by the hiring manager.

Guidance notes are attached, please ensure that you read these before completing your supporting evidence.

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework.

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made. Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups. For more information please refer to our Positive Action page: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/