Specialist Biomedical Scientist / Team Lead

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
A vacancy has arisen within the small, friendly team of biomedical scientists at the specialist Histopathology Department at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, which is a part of Cellular Pathology at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, histology experienced HCPC registered biomedical scientist with the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Histopathology.

Whilst the core hours of the department are 08:00 - 17:00 , there are flexible working opportunities available.

Main duties of the job

As a specialist biomedical scientist involved in all aspects of the histopathology laboratory technical work as well as supervising and training staff, performing quality control, trouble shooting, and performing specialist techniques.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research. Find out more here www.ouh.nhs.uk

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Scientific and Clinical Responsibilities
  • Analyses potentially infectious samples using a range of highly specialised laboratory procedures, by either manual or automated techniques, to produce results of a quality consistent with excellent patient care. Undertakes these duties in all areas of the Department.
  • Ensures efficient use and maintenance of resources, is aware of stock levels and rotation, storage conditions, batch numbers and expiry dates, thus ensuring the viability of the reagents and/or blood products used.
  • Exercises own initiative and works in co-operation with other staff members to ensure that the workload is processed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Is fully conversant with departmental policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), ensuring that personal performance complies with United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and other professional standards.
  • Carries out troubleshooting and preventative maintenance on highly complex automated systems. Ensures appropriate records are kept and liaises with senior staff and service engineers where appropriate.
  • Matches samples with request forms and inputs patient and test information into the laboratory computer system, requiring complete accuracy.
Analytical and Interpretative Responsibilities
  • Exercises individual skills through the observation and interpretation of clinical material or data, which may include therapeutic drug monitoring.
  • Completes the work process by the verification and validation of results and report generation. This involves the interpretation of clinical data and requires in-depth theoretical knowledge.
  • Recommends additional tests where appropriate to assist the requesting clinician in the diagnostic process.
Role Responsibilities
  • Practices in accordance with the professional, ethical and legal codes of the Health Professions Council and the Trusts protocols and guidelines. Is accountable for own practice and maintenance of Registration status.
  • Develops own skills, taking responsibility for Continuing Professional Development and performance.
  • Complies with the requirements of internal and external/national quality assurance schemes.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the assessment, planning and prioritisation of tasks.
  • Communicates effectively with other staff groups, both internal and external. To include healthcare professionals, patients and their representatives, external agencies, commercial suppliers, service engineers and visitors to the laboratory.
  • Provides and receives complex scientific and clinical information to and from colleagues and service users. Is aware of barriers to understanding and is able to present information accordingly.
  • Provides and receives sensitive information to and from patients and their representatives where empathic and re-assurance skills are required. May include notification of adverse events.
  • Displays and maintains an appropriate level of IT skills.
Teaching, Training and Research Responsibilities
  • Participates in the supervision and training of Trainee BMSs, support staff and clinical staff where required.
Other Responsibilities
  • Demonstrates specialist skill and professional knowledge acquired through post -registration academic and scientific development.
  • Demonstrates continuing ability to work individually and unsupervised to a level required in the provision of the out of hours service for lone working on shift or on call.
  • Works to ensure that performance targets and sample turnaround times are met by continually assessing quality and priority of work.
  • Has awareness of the requirements of Clinical Governance, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and local Health and Safety Policies, reporting problems, errors or breaches via the appropriate mechanisms.
  • Assists in improving and developing departmental quality by challenging and questioning practice, contributing ideas as appropriate and participating in the change management process, in conjunction with senior staff.
  • To attend regular appraisal in accordance with the Trust Policy.
  • To maintain good work relations with all members of staff and to promote effective team working taking action when own or others behaviour undermines equality and diversity.
  • To treat everyone associated with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with courtesy and respect.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • HCPC Registration (evidencing an IBMS approved qualification)
  • IBMS Specialist Diploma in a specific discipline or equivalent knowledge - Histology
  • Evidence of Participation in a professionally recognised CPD scheme
  • Member of the IBMS


  • Membership of IBMS or other recognised CPD scheme

Experience and Knowledge


  • Knowledge and experience of all the basic techniques within a specific laboratory medicine discipline (histology)


  • Previous team management
  • Demonstrated competence for lone working as part of shift and / or on call.

Skills and Abilities


  • Keyboard skills
  • Knowledge of IT architecture in the running of complex analytical equipment and Laboratory Information Systems
  • Practical analytical skills associated with diagnostic lab work.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Leadership skills


  • Previous experience in NHS Diagnostic laboratory
  • Previous experience with equipment in use at OUH

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way



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