Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join the multidisciplinary Blood Sciences team at the Warwick Hospital site within the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services Network. Multidisciplinary work will include Biochemistry, Haematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion on this essential services site with participation in the 24/7 rota.

As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Pathology the post holder is responsible for the delegated tasks required for the delivery of a fit-for-purpose medical laboratory service analysing and reporting on, blood, urine, faeces and other body materials to achieve the objectives of efficient and effective patient care, and effective resource management within the hospital.

The post holder will oversee specialist areas of the pathology service either working alone or as part of a small team.

Main duties of the job


Daily perform routine and specialised diagnostic services on patient or environmental samples containing potentially infectious material.

To carry out routine maintenance on analytical equipment as required and in accordance with standard operating procedures.

To carry out equipment and method troubleshooting, advise the Section Manager of situations requiring further action, work with service engineers on fault resolution.

To prepare, store and use reagents required for laboratory investigations.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (uhcw.nhs.uk)

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To perform manual, semi-automated and fully-automated laboratory investigations to exacting medical and scientific standards according to Standard Operating Procedures.

Interpretation of diagnostic investigations and be responsible for the validity of results and ensure accuracy and precision as specified by laboratory protocols and procedures

To report to the Section Manager any instance or event which may cause a service delivery failure, but be fully involved in the resolution of such events.

To develop and investigate new techniques or analysers as required by the changing needs of the service.

To ensure that all results are reported within the agreed turnaround time and to take remedial action, for example communicating appropriately with colleagues and managers.

Work to meet laboratory performance targets as directed by senior staff.

To use departmental resources efficiently and ensure reagents and consumables are ordered when approaching minimum stock levels.

To participate in the review and update of Standard Operating Procedures and health and safety documentation including COSHH and workplace risk assessments by commenting or proposing changes.


To interpret first line laboratory results and take appropriate actions in line with laboratory policies and procedures, including:

Authorisation of results

Ordering relevant follow up laboratory procedures

Adding technical and approved pre-defined clinically relevant comments

Referring results for expert opinion or clinical interpretation

Informing the requestor of a clinically significant result.

Give technical information to other service users such as reference ranges, appropriate specimens/sampling and turn around times.

To participate in clinical audits.

For further details please see the attached job description.

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