Sep 04, 2021

Blood Collection Officer - UKAD - Closing date 3 October 2021

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Job Description

BCOs are required to act as an independent worker on behalf of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). BCOs are required to collect blood samples in accordance with WADA’s International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI). Conducting blood sample collection procedures will involve taking blood samples from Athletes and ensuring the correct aftercare procedures are conducted. Samples should be kept in a suitable condition until transferred to an authorised representative of UKAD.

BCOs will also be requested to fulfil the duties of a Chaperone including; notification of Athletes selected for an anti-doping test, chaperoning of selected Athletes to the Doping Control Station (DCS), witnessing urine sample provision and the completion of administration duties in accordance with the UKAD Doping Control Handbook.

Specifically, in relation to blood sample collection procedures the role of a BCO is responsible for:

Carrying out blood sample collection duties as part of UKAD’s Anti-Doping Programme and in accordance with the guidelines set down by WADA, UKAD, and the relevant International Federation (IF) or National Governing Body (NGB)
Determining whether sufficient blood has been collected in each vacutainer
Maintaining the security of the area designated for blood sample collection
Ordering, holding and taking blood sample collection equipment to blood missions
Accurately and adequately completing the procedures and administration duties associated with the role of BCO, including report writing
Participating in team briefs and debriefs with other DCP
maintaining confidentiality
Writing comprehensive and legible reports where applicable
attending any disciplinary hearing convened in respect of an Athlete (as a result of the BCO’s provision of service at a sample collection session)
Interacting in a professional manner with Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel, IF or NGB representatives and other DCP
Contributing to the development of procedures for BCOs
undertaking such professional BCO training and assessment as UKAD may require to ensure operating standards are continually met
Specifically, in relation to those duties of a Chaperone, the BCO will be responsible for:

Completing notification and chaperoning duties as part of UKAD’s Anti-Doping Programme as set out in the Doping Control Handbook
directly observing and witnessing urine sample provision (when needed)
Managing the Entry and Exit Log located in the DCS
assisting with maintaining the security of samples
Athlete engagement
Assisting with the security of the DCS
accurately and adequately completing the procedures and administration duties associated with the role of a Chaperone including writing comprehensive and legible reports when required
participating in team briefs and debriefs with other DCP
maintaining confidentiality
Interacting in a professional manner with Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel, International Federation (IF) or National Governing Body (NGB) representatives and other DCP
Contributing to the development of procedures for Chaperones
undertaking such professional Chaperone training and assessment as UKAD may require to ensure minimum operating standards are continually met

Qualifications/Skills

Professionally trained & qualified, active and experienced phlebotomist (please note: standalone courses on their own will not be acceptable)
Comprehensive and up-to-date First Aid knowledge
Sensitivity, understanding and calmness under pressure
Ability to carry out detailed administrative tasks with a high degree of accuracy
Proven ability to work with confidential information
Able to work well in a team environment
Sound judgement and decision-making capability
Ability to use own initiative within a procedural framework
Conflict management skills in a stressful environment
Organisational skills for people and activities


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