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Biomedical Scientist/Specialist Biomedical Scientist Microbiology

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest microbiology departments in England as a Biomedical scientist/Specialist Biomedical Scientist. The Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) is a collaboration between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is the leading Trust for teaching, research and specialist services in the North West of England.

You will work as part of the laboratory team, providing a high level of microbiological analysis in order to provide patients with the highest level of diagnosis and treatment.

The Microbiology delivered from the Manchester Royal Infirmary site employs around 130 staff and has a workload of approximately 1.2 million specimens. The department embraces all aspects of a modern clinical bacteriology service combining traditional methodologies with laboratory automation.

This role is advertised as a Band 6, however we will also consider applicants as a Band 5 dependent on experience.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will act as a registered Biomedical/Specialist Biomedical scientist who provides scientific services to patients and clients as an aid to clinical diagnosis of microbiological disease. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential

The post holder would be expected to assist in any UKHSA co-ordinated response or activity of a national/international nature, e.g. Bioterrorism incident or a major disease e.g. SARS, H5N1 influenza, Enteric outbreak etc.

Utilising the appropriate testing, and in a timely manner, to assist the Consultant Microbiologists, and thus ensure the correct clinical diagnosis.

To perform a range of bacteriological technical and scientific activities, including testing samples referred from other NHS and UKHSA laboratories.

See attached Job Description for full details.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration
  • IBMS validated Biomedical Sciences Degree or Equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD in accordance with Health Professions Council guidelines
  • Extensive post-registration experience in Microbiology/Virology as a BMS Practitioner, and hold an IBMS specialist portfolio or evidence of equivalent knowledge and experience


  • Undertaking further studies towards MSc / Higher Specialist Diploma

Knowledge & Experience


  • Evidence of postregistration speciality training, in accordance with IBMS guidelines or equivalent
  • Have extensive working knowledge of laboratory areas, including both practical and theoretical knowledge of the various methods employed
  • Also to demonstrate a sound understanding of the basic physiology, pathology and scientific principles relevant to Microbiology / Virology
  • Able to operate and maintain complex automated and semiautomated equipment
  • Display experience and competency in all laboratory areas
  • Able to contribute to assessing and suggesting changes to laboratory operating procedures
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and application of quality systems, with particular reference to UKAS
  • Knowledge of Laboratory IT programmes and good key board skills


  • Development of special interest and expertise in one or more areas of the laboratory, for example audit, quality, R&D, safety, training, molecular Bacteriology/Virology, EM work, serology etc.
  • Knowledge of common IT programmes such as Word / Excel

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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