Clinical Laboratory Technical Supervisor
Serves as the clinical technical supervisor (Technical Director) for high-complexity labs analyzing samples under the specialty of Microbiology/subspecialty-Virology accredited under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP).
Provide full time on-site support to be available to the laboratory and provide supervision.
The technical director is responsible for the selection of the test methodology that is appropriate for the clinical use of the test results.
Establish a quality control program appropriate for the testing performed and establish the parameters for acceptable levels of analytic performance and ensuring that these levels are maintained throughout the entire testing process from the initial receipt of the specimen, through sample analysis and reporting of test results.
Identify training needs and assure that each individual performing tests receives regular in-service training and education appropriate for the type and complexity of the laboratory services performed.
Evaluate and document the performance of individuals responsible for high complexity testing at least semiannually during the first year the individual tests patient specimens. Thereafter, evaluations must be performed at least annually unless test methodology or instrumentation changes, in which case, prior to reporting patient test results, the individual’s performance must be reevaluated to include the use of the new test methodology or instrumentation.
Provide information to the Clinical Lab Director as requested
As requested, produce/compile/present data from samples analyzed by the lab to answer questions being put forward to support DA and DoD guidance and Senior Leader needs
Maintain direct mentorship/oversight of the technical individuals conducting the tests
Responsible for the verification of the test procedures performed and establishment of the laboratory’s test performance characteristics, including the precision and accuracy of each test and test system.
Resolving technical problems and ensuring that remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications;
Ensuring that patient test results are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and the test system is functioning properly.
Evaluating the competency of all testing personnel and assuring that the staff maintain their competency to perform test procedures and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently. The procedures for evaluation of the competency of the staff must include, but are not limited to—
(i) Direct observations of routine patient test performance, including patient preparation, if applicable, specimen handling, processing and testing;
(ii) Monitoring the recording and re- porting of test results;
(iii) Review of intermediate test results or worksheets, quality control records, proficiency testing results, and preventive maintenance records;
(iv) Direct observation of performance of instrument maintenance and function checks;
(v) Assessment of test performance through testing previously analyzed specimens, internal blind testing samples or external proficiency testing samples; and
(vi) Assessment of problem solving skills.