Biomedical Scientist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pa Pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Royal Cornwall hospital is the sole provider of pathology services for Cornwall & is currently looking for a motivated, full time (37.5 hours) band 5 Biomedical Scientist to become part of our team in the busy, professional & friendly Haematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion Department. They will rotate through all sections, covering the full range of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. In the absence of suitably experienced and/or registered staff, we are willing to consider employment to Annexe-21 of band 5, with progression to band 5 after attainment of specific, timely goals. This will be subject to a training contract.

Our laboratory has full ISO 15189 Accreditation status and the Transfusion laboratory is fully MHRA compliant. The laboratory is equipped with Abbott Alinity full blood count analysers, Werfen Coagulation TOP analysers, Grifols Erytra blood grouping analysers and access to Sebia capillary electrophoresis for haemoglobinopathy and antenatal sickle cell and thalassaemia screening. The hospital is a Haemostasis Centre with the laboratory undertaking advanced coagulation thrombotic and haemorrhagic investigations.

You will be expected to participate in the current rota system covering an extended working day (8am-8pm) which allows for some flexibility in working patterns. Following suitable training a place on the out of hours rota (8pm-8am and Bank Holidays) will be allocated which currently attracts a sessional payment and good paid recovery time.

Main duties of the job

To undertake scientific duties in any part of the Department as required in order to facilitate the smooth running of the service.

To provide a clinical technical service by performing routine and specialist analytical testing on a range of biological samples.

To maintain and run specialist equipment as deemed appropriate by the lead BMS.

To provide cover for other staff members and engage in the team ethic.

To supervise, mentor and support Trainee Biomedical Scientists and support staff.

To support the quality management system.

About us

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A good standard of general education

Accredited BMS Degree or equivalent

Experience using Laboratory Information Management systems

Able to demonstrate and apply a knowledge of the Pathology of Disease

Good IT skills

Capable of frequent and extended periods of concentration

Works accurately with good attention to detail

Motivated and a positive attitude to teamwork

Ability to organise own work tasks and activities

Calm and logical under pressure and able to cope with frequent interruptions and changing priorities

Able to work well in a team

Good interpersonal skills

Able to assess laboratory data and authorise as appropriate

Able to perform laboratory tasks and assays of a complex nature

Person Specification



  • Accredited BMS Degree
  • IBMS registration portfolio
  • HCPC registration


  • E.C.D.L. or other IT qualifications



  • Relevant laboratory experience


  • Laboratory experience in the host laboratory discipline



  • Able to perform complex laboratory tasks and assays
  • Able to understand and deal with abnormal results
  • Able to deal with IQC and EQA
  • Good interpretive skills

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Haematology and Blood Transfusion laboratory. Royal Cornwall Hospital.



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