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at Medical Detection Dogs

Working for Medical Detection Dogs is an exciting and rewarding experience. We are at the cutting edge of British innovation and collaborate with institutions and healthcare organisations around the world. Our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs alert people with complex health conditions when they are in danger of having a potentially life-threatening episode so they can take the necessary action and prevent hospital admission. Our Bio Detection Dogs detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria, potentially much earlier than is currently possible. This pioneering work could help to speed up the diagnosis process and impact on thousands of lives.

You can help us achieve our goals and whatever the role you will contribute towards our life-saving work training dogs to save lives using their incredible sense of smell. 

Our current vacancies are listed below, or why not come along to one of our recruitment evenings and learn more about working with us.

Bio Support Trainer 

The welfare of our dogs is very important to us. We have a no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of volunteer puppy socialisers for about the first 18 months and then with volunteer fosterers once they have been selected to be bio detection dogs. We are committed to providing ongoing training and support for all our dogs, and the volunteers who look after them.

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to support the training of these life-saving dogs from puppies and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs. This will include obedience and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities. You will also support our volunteer fosterers with appropriate training and guidance.

Closing date 16 May 2019

It is anticipated lst stage interviews will be held 30 May, 2nd stage interviews 12 June 2019

Bio Support Trainer – full job description

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

SALARY BAND: £18,000 to £21,000 depending on experience

JOB TYPE: Full time permanent, with some evening and weekends required

The Job

The welfare of our dogs is very important to us. We have a no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of volunteer puppy socialisers for about the first 18 months and then with volunteer fosterers once they have been selected to be bio detection dogs. We are committed to providing ongoing training and support for all our dogs, and the volunteers who look after them.

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to support the training of these life-saving dogs from puppies and throughout their careers as bio detection dogs. This will include obedience and behaviour training as well as activities designed to enhance their scenting abilities. You will also support our volunteer fosterers with appropriate training and guidance.

Reports to: Socialising and Dog Supply Manager

Responsibilities

Training and Development

  • Deliver high quality obedience, behaviour and scent-work training to puppies which have been identified as potential bio detection dogs.
  • Support and assist with the assessment of puppies as suitable for roles as bio detection dogs.
  • Provide ongoing training and development of bio detection dogs and support members of the Bio Detection Department once dogs have advanced onto a research project.
  • Deliver effective training classes at times to suit volunteer fosterers, which may be in the evening or at the weekend.

Fosterer Support

  • Assist in the recruitment of new volunteer fosterers.
  • Carry out home visits to assess prospective new fosterers.

Other

  • Update the Harlequin CRM database in a timely fashion to ensure accurate and up to date training, veterinary and health records.
  • From time to time you may be required to have a dog live with you for additional training for a set period.
  • Share best practice with colleagues across the charity.

Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to demonstrate high quality judgement in relation to the following:
  • Dog training matters including the analysis of temperaments, appropriate training methods and requirements necessary to maintain public confidence in assistance dogs.
  • Solutions to training and behavioural problems. 
  • Socialiser & Fosterer training including appropriate training approach, specific and relevant programmes to be followed, welfare and safety and appropriate time for referral to others.
  • Dealings with other staff, clients and members of the public
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills. · Ability to plan work, be organised and ensure that time is utilised effectively for yourself, colleagues and fosterers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people internally and externally. This will include clients and their families, fosterers, other professional service providers, members of the public, the media, managers and other colleagues. ·
  • High level of IT literacy and report writing skills including experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Practical Knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Dog obedience training 
  • Experience of gun dog training
  • Experience of working with high drive working dogs
  • Experience of dealing with behaviour problems and rescue dogs
  • Canine medical conditions ·

Knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • The law in relation to dogs
  • Dog and human psychology
  • Health and safety implications of dog and fosterer handling

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

You should be supportive of the charitable aims of Medical Detection Dogs and capable of working as part of a team, as well as able to motivate yourself.

You should be adaptable and positively embrace change by not only being flexible towards the ideas of others but also putting forward ideas to colleagues. This will involve creativity in problem solving and making appropriate responses to new ideas and unexpected situations.

Values & Behaviours

Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team:

  1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy
  2. We act professionally at all times
  3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour
  4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other
  5. We are inclusive and open minded
  6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions
  7. We give credit when and to whom it is due
  8. We support one another in achieving our goals

And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors.

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Work some evenings and weekends

TO APPLY

If you believe you meet the criteria for the role, please submit your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

Assistance Dog Trainer

We train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease, providing life-saving alert assistance dogs to people with complex health problems across the UK and collaborating with NHS Trusts and other researchers and Universities both in the UK and internationally to advance the early diagnosis of disease.

We have an exciting new opportunity to join this small but fast-growing charity that is a world leader in its specialist innovative field.

We are looking for an Assistance Dog Trainer to take responsibility for a cohort of puppies allocated to socialisers in your geographical area, provide effective training classes for puppies and socialisers that meets the charity’s quality standards, and regularly assess progress. In addition, you will support with the assessment of puppies as a potential match for assistance dog partnerships and be the first point of contact to provide healthcare advice.

If you feel you have the skills, knowledge and experience to work with us, please see below the full Role Description and details of how to apply.

Closing Date 16 May 2019

1st stage Interviews anticipated to be held 29 May, 2nd stage interviews 3 June

Assistance Dog Trainer – full job description

LOCATION: Based out of our Training Centre in Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes with responsibility for puppies placed with socialisers in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire (with possible travel outside these areas from time to time)

SALARY BAND: £17,500 to £20,000 per annum depending on experience

JOB TYPE: Full time permanent, with occasional evening and weekends required

The Job

The welfare of our dogs is very important to us. We have a no kennel policy and all our dogs live in the homes of volunteer puppy socialisers for about the first 18 months. We are committed to providing quality training and support for all our dogs, and the volunteers who look after them.

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience and passion to join our team of trainers responsible for organising and monitoring the progress of our puppies and young dogs to ensure they receive the highest standard of socialisation and early training, thereby maximising their chances of becoming a Medical Alert Assistance Dog.

Reports to: Puppy Training Coordinator

Responsibilities

Training and Development

  • Take responsibility for a cohort of puppies allocated to socialisers living in your geographical area.
  • Provide training that meets the charity’s quality standards and in accordance with timescales and targets.
  • Deliver effective puppy training classes for the puppies and socialisers in your geographical area at agreed locations.
  • Regularly assess progress of the puppies in your area and provide detailed, evidenced feedback to the Puppy Training Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Support and assist with the assessment of puppies as potential matches for a particular assistance dog partnership and in consultation with the Senior Trainer provide any client specific training needed prior to the match. 

Socialiser Support

  • Be the first point of contact for the socialisers in your area, which will include providing general health care advice and dealing with any dog emergencies that arise out of your core hours.
  • Provide guidance and instruction to socialisers on handling, behaviour and training of the dogs in their care, including one-to-one training to address specific issues as appropriate and regular home visits to the puppies under your supervision.

Socialiser Recruitment

  • Assist in the recruitment of new volunteer socialisers.
  • Carry out home visits to assess prospective new socialisers.

Other

  • Update the Harlequin CRM database in a timely fashion to ensure accurate and up to date training, veterinary and health records.
  • Support the charity’s fundraising, communications and volunteering teams as required, specifically in relation to your area.
  • From time to time you may be required to have a dog live with you for additional training for a set period.
  • Share best practice with colleagues across the charity.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to demonstrate high quality judgement and a proven track record in relation to the following:
  • Dog training matters including the analysis of temperaments, appropriate training methods and requirements necessary to maintain public confidence in assistance dogs.
  • Solutions to training and behavioural problems.
  • Socialiser training including the ability to assess each person’s preferred learning style and adapt as appropriate your training approach, the specific programmes to be followed,
  • Welfare and safety and appropriate time for referral to others.
  • Appropriate support to apprentices
  • Dealings with other staff, clients and members of the public
  • Strong and clear teaching and instructing skills.
  • Ability to plan work, be organised and ensure that time is utilised effectively for yourself, colleagues and socialisers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide range of people internally and externally. This will include clients and their families, fosterers, other professional service providers, members of the public, the media, managers and other colleagues.
  • High level of IT literacy and report writing skills including experience of using Microsoft based programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Power Point.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Practical knowledge in the following areas:

  • AD(UK) and ADI regulations
  • Basic theory of practical dog training.
  • Law in relation to dogs.
  • Knowledge of medical conditions relevant to puppies between 8 weeks and 2 years of age.
  • Dog and human psychology.
  • Health and safety implications of dog and socialiser handling.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

You should be supportive of the charitable aims of Medical Detection Dogs and capable of working as part of a team, as well as able to motivate yourself.

You should be adaptable and positively embrace change by not only being flexible towards the ideas of others but also putting forward ideas to colleagues. This will involve creativity in problem solving and making appropriate responses to new ideas and unexpected situations.

Values & Behaviours

Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team:

  1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy
  2. We act professionally at all times
  3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour
  4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other
  5. We are inclusive and open minded
  6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions
  7. We give credit when and to whom it is due
  8. We support one another in achieving our goals

And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors.

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Work some evenings and weekends

TO APPLY

Please send your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) stating how you meet the requirements of the role to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk 

Bio Detection Research Coordinator (NEW ROLE)

You will use your knowledge of clinical trial management to coordinate the day-to-day activities of the Bio Detection department ensuring that our vital trials are conducted efficiently to agreed timelines and within budget.  You will also ensure that the Bio Detection department is a safe working environment by ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulations and protocols and maintaining documentation for both regulated and non-regulated NHS research.

Bio Detection Research Coordinator – full job description

LOCATION: Great Horwood, near Milton Keynes

SALARY BAND: Up to £26,000 per annum depending on experience

JOB TYPE: Full time permanent

This is an exciting opportunity to work for the charity Medical Detection Dogs Based within the Bio-Detection research unit. Medical Detection dogs supports the development and delivery of research proposals which answer important questions that will have a bearing on the early diagnosis of disease.

This post will involve working across a variety of studies and you will join an experienced, diverse team within an established research unit. You will be responsible for supporting the programme manager in all aspects of the research. Tasks will include project management including liaising with recruiting sites, monitoring sample collection and transport, sample storage and audit, health and safety, SOP development and safe working practice. You will also assist with monitoring study progress, maintaining trial documentation and dealing with queries.

You will have at least one years’ experience in clinical trials or in a health research environment.

The post-holder will use their knowledge of clinical trial management to ensure that vital trial documents are present and completed to agreed timelines. Key roles include developing knowledge of specific, allocated clinical studies, assembly of study materials including valuable recruited samples and patient information, verification of documentation and ensuring the unit maintains a safe working environment by maintaining documentation for both regulated and non-regulated NHS research.

Main Responsibilities

Provide support to the Bio-Detection Programme Manager and the Bio-detection Team with the setup of new trials and the ongoing maintenance of existing trials, in accordance with MDD Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Working Practice Documents (WPDs). (Approx 40% of time)

Manage rota systems and provide administrative support to the trial process (e.g., photocopying, printing, scanning, preparation of trial documents, collating the trial centre manuals, SOPs and WPD) using knowledge of the development of these studies to anticipate shifts in workload and support needed and maintaining project planning documentation. (Approx 20% of time)

Compile a range of trial documentation to a consistent and high standard. (Approx 15% of time)

Play an active role in the maintenance of trial progress reports, including producing project briefs, change requests, processing data queries, and as well as the development of the team rota, training and testing SOPs and WPDs for specific studies. (Approx 10% of time)

Assist with the collection of trial training and testing data and check the quality of trial data, working closely with the Bio-Detection Training Team and the consultant statistician. (Approx 5% of time)

Liaise with other operational teams and volunteers to promote the activities of the Bio Detection team and support the management team with dissemination of information including working with the media, reporting via social media, assisting with visitors, demonstrations and VIP visits. (Approx 5% of time)

To support MDD Management Team with everyday departmental tasks. (Approx 5% of time)

This post is for two years in the first instance with a start date of March 2019 or soon after.

The Job

You will use your knowledge of clinical trial management to coordinate the day-to-day activities of the Bio Detection department ensuring that our vital trials are conducted efficiently to agreed timelines and within budget.  You will also ensure that the Bio Detection department is a safe working environment by ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulations and protocols and maintaining documentation for both regulated and non-regulated NHS research.

This role will be key to the development of our research and we are looking for someone who is organised, methodical and has great attention to detail with a passion to help us develop our life-saving work. 

Reports to:  Bio Detection Programme Manager

Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the Bio Detection Programme Manager and the Bio Detection team with the setup of new trials and the ongoing maintenance of existing trials, in accordance with MDD Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Working Practice Documents (WPDs).
  • Manage rota systems and provide administrative support to the trial process (including preparation of trial documents, collating the trial centre manuals, SOPs and WPDs) using knowledge of the development of these studies to identify risks to successful project delivery and possible solutions to those risks, anticipate shifts in workload and support needed, and maintain project planning documentation.
  • Support Project Leads to ensure that all Bio Detection team members work according to protocols and SOPs and that projects are conducted to the required standard, following the necessary regulations where appropriate.
  • Play an active role in the maintenance of trial progress reports, including producing project briefs, budget and status reports, change requests, processing data queries, and as well as the development of the team rota, training and testing SOPs and WPDs for specific studies.
  • Assist with the collection of trial training and testing data and check the quality of trial data, working closely with the Bio Detection team and the consultant statistician.
  • Manage the departmental risk assessment process, (including that concerning human tissue preparation, use and storage) in collaboration with the Charity’s health & safety officer.
  • Ensure that the processes for sample collection, monitoring, storage, preparation and disposal comply with the relevant regulations and health & safety policies and that those processes are followed.
  • Working closely with our Dog Supply team coordinate the supply and availability of bio detection dogs ensuring that the requirements of each project lead for future dog acquisition, assessment, training and allocation are met.
  • Work closely with, and support as necessary, the Bio Detection Fosterer Support Coordinator to ensure that dogs are present on site when required.
  • Oversee the department’s equipment, facilities and samples including stock ordering and storage and, in conjunction with the Facilities team, the maintenance of equipment including freezers and autoclaves.
  • Coordinate practical and theoretical training for Bio Detection staff to meet their individual needs and those of the Charity in conjunction with the HR team.
  • Coordinate demonstrations of our work both on and off-site.
  • Liaise with other operational teams and volunteers to promote the activities of the Bio Detection team and support the management team with dissemination of information including assisting with visitors, demonstrations and VIP visits.

Other tasks or ad hoc duties agreed with your line manager required to ensure the successful running of the charity.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The successful candidate will have experience in a clinical trials or research environment with a good knowledge of the principles of Good Clinical Practice and data protection. 

You will be well organised, efficient and have excellent attention to detail, as well as being able to work within strict guidelines. 

You should have excellent communication skills and able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people including academic and clinical collaborators, staff, volunteers and the charity’s clients. 

You will be highly motivated, good at problem solving and willing to show initiative.  You should be able to work on your own, prioritising your workload as well as part of a team by contributing to the development of our work.

You should be educated to degree level and an understanding of Clinical Trial Regulations and medical terminology would also be desirable and you should be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Essential

  • Able to deliver project outcomes to agreed deadlines
  • Experience of working with confidential information
  • Experience of undertaking a range of administrative functions.
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills with a methodical and accurate approach, combined with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks to meet deadlines.
  • A high level of competency in MS Office packages Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the confidence to work with new database systems.

Desirable

  • Experience in experimental design and protocols
  • Experience of monitoring research and data collection against agreed protocols and SOPs
  • Experience of the risk assessment process
  • Good knowledge of database management.

Values & Behaviours

Working at Medical Detection Dogs will be a richly rewarding experience. Our Values & Behaviours encapsulate who we are, what we stand for and what it will feel like to be part of our team:

  1. We treat each other with respect and courtesy
  2. We act professionally at all times
  3. We accept responsibility for our own performance and behaviour
  4. We are honest and open in our dealings with each other
  5. We are inclusive and open minded
  6. We provide a safe space for challenging opinion, behaviour and decisions
  7. We give credit when and to whom it is due
  8. We support one another in achieving our goals

And of course, we advocate for Medical Detection Dogs whenever we get the chance and we pride ourselves on our role as ambassadors.

Finally, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence
  • Provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Work some evenings and weekends

TO APPLY

Please send your CV with covering letter (no longer than one A4 sheet) to hr@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk quoting reference BIORC/JJD

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Julie Jones-Diette, (Bio detection research programme manager) via operations@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

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