Andrew Bamber joined the team in August 2021 as Director of Operations at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories after several years as Cheshire and Merseyside Pathology Integration Director. He has had numerous other leadership roles in pathology across a number of other regional Acute Trusts, including a previous stint in the Duncan Building. His background was as a BMS in microbiology but he has worked in haematology, biochemistry and blood transfusion and worked for a year as a histology manager.
Andrew contributed to delivery of BSc and MSC programmes at both Liverpool John Moores University and University of Chester. He is keen on developing pathology staff at all levels and takes an active role in mentoring in addition to acting as an IBMS/HCPC oral examiner and portfolio assessor. He has been lucky enough to travel far and wide presenting at conferences, and talking about his job which included a vocational placement in Kilifi Kenya in support of the Wellcome Trust. He has published a range of both scientific and management papers.
He has had local, regional and national recognition for his contributions. In 2011-12 he worked as part of a small team to create a Joint off-site microbiology service for Wirral & Chester Hospital which won the Health Service Financial Management Efficiency Award (HFMA) and was a shortlisted finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2012 Efficiency Award as well as winning the 2012 Wirral University Teaching Hospital Diagnostic Services Team Foundation Award and the Countess of Chester Hospital Outstanding achievement Award. He was a 2016 HSJ Finalist for Specialist Service Redesign (OPAT service). He was part of the Blood Culture Project Team that designed and produced a blood culture collection kit that significantly reduced blood culture contamination and costs which won the Trusts Diagnostic Services Team Award for Innovation and Service Improvement in 2009 and went onto win the Northwest NHS Innovation Award. However, he has gained the greatest degree of satisfaction by watching those he has supported develop and thrive.
Outside of work Andrew spends much of his time supporting his 2 teenage daughters. He has a passion for cars, cookery (especially barbeques) and creative writing. In 2010 he had his science fiction novel ‘Reaching Nirvana’ published and one day hopes to script a sequel.