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Biomedical Scientists - Histopathology

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£28,408 to £34,581 a year includes high cost area supplements (HCAS)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Opportunities available at entry and specialist level. Flexible working options considered for all posts. Based at theSurrey Histology Hub in Guildford (with occasional travel to other sites across Surrey).

We have recently extended our service and are looking for more people now to join our fantastic team. Are you a HCPC registered and looking for a new opportunity? You will receive a Royal Surrey welcome when you come and join us and start your induction. We employ over 20 Pathologists, 21 Biomedical Scientists, 5 Associate Practitioners and 13 support staff.

We have a modern and spacious laboratory and of course, you will be joining our friendly and supportive team. As part of the Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services between hospitals across the South East, we are the hub for processing approximately 105,000 surgical specimens per annum. We are an exemplar site in terms of NHSI networks. We have recently automated tinctoral staining and utilises market leading HE600 H&E staining with tracking systems due to be installed in the coming months. We have just installed state of the art digital pathology scanners with a view to go live in June 2023. There is an expansive Immunohistochemistry service, supported by Roche Diagnostics Ultra platforms, encompassing over 140 antibodies,skin immunofluorescenceand in-situ hybridisation with a projected 70,000 tests per year.

Main duties of the job

The laboratory supports St Luke's Cancer Centre, a regional centre providing complex cancer surgery and radiotherapy and performs over 400 frozen sections per annum.

We act as a secondary referral centre for Her-2 ISH and performs PDL-1 testing for the region.

We were instrumental in the introduction of OSNA into the UK and has recently undergone a �300k upgrade to the latest OSNA equipment and offers the per-operative technique at all 3 Surrey sites and full training will be given in this ground-breaking technique.

We support advanced BMS practice.

What we can offer:

We will support in ensuring you can progress by supporting you in completing the IBMS Specialist Diploma and completion of the specialist portfolio.

We will train you to undertake dissection to category B and C in a sub-specialised manner, under the guidance of our Advanced Practitioner in Histological Dissection.

We have a dedicated Histology Training Officer with extensive and recent experience of IBMS Specialist Portfolio completion.

There are opportunities to study for online MSc modules via BioMed Online once trained to the appropriate level and as funding is released.

The posts will be largely based at the RSCH in Guildford, with occasional rotation to one of the other BSPS Surrey Histopathology sites.

For more information contact Tareq Ansari, Deputy Lead BMS Ext4837 or or Oliva Geling (Deputy Lead BMS/Advanced Practitioner) Ext 4263

About us

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC. We are investing in our colleagues through our health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To contribute to the delivery and evolution of the Histopathology service to all BSPS sites.

The post holder will be a HPC registered Biomedical Scientist with well-developed specialist knowledge and skills appropriate to their Pathology service. They will be required to work unsupervised (including on shift or on-call systems where appropriate and necessary), either as part of a team or independently, receiving, analysing and reporting specimens for Pathological investigations.

The post holder will be required to perform a complex range of tests using dedicated scientific equipment on all samples received, including high-risk specimens, i.e., those from HIV and hepatitis B positive patients. They will be required to interpret and report results in accordance with agreed service protocols to clinicians and nursing staff in primary & secondary care. They will also be required to ensure their appropriate continual professional development and evidence such, in accordance with the requirements of the Health Professions Council (HPC), and train and supervise less experienced staff as directed by their line manager.

Person Specification



  • Experience of traditional and modern histopathological techniques including embedding, microtomy, special staining, frozen sections and IHC.
  • Experience of a busy histology laboratory
  • Experience of undertaking surveys and audits


  • Experience of specimen transfer
  • Experience of OSNA and certified trained by Sysmex UK
  • Experience of training more junior staff
  • Experience of supervising staff



  • IBMS accredited BSc biomedical Science and Cellular Pathology laboratory experience

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