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Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Biomedical Scientist within the Haematology department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual, to help deliver a high quality, first class service to our users.

Our Trust is one of the largest acute hospital Trusts in England and is composed of four main hospital sites Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB), Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital (HGS). Positions are available at both QEHB and HGS sites.

The department receives over half a million requests annually, providing a twenty-four hour diagnostic and monitoring service. The laboratory is ISO 15189 and HCPC/IBMS accredited, MHRA approved and facilitates military training. Additionally the laboratory situated at on the QEH site is the nominated Coagulation laboratory for the West Midlands Regional Haemophilia comprehensive care service, and a designated Transfusion Trauma Centre.

The ideal candidate must be a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. Applicants will rotate through Haematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion and therefore must have an IBMS accredited Degree and relevant IBMS Specialist Portfolio. You must have UK laboratory experience as a Biomedical Scientist, with a specialist interest in Haematology, having a sound theoretical and practical knowledge. Further study, scientific posters and papers, and CPD are strongly encouraged and supported.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for performing the technical tasks to meet the needs of the laboratory service. This includes analysis, technical validation, interpretive decisions and reporting of samples to achieve efficient and effective patient care and resource management. You will be expected to work collaboratively within the laboratory team. You will be committed to providing a high standard of service to our patients and partake in the quality programme of the laboratory. You should have an understanding of legislation, regulation and the maintenance of compliance with ISO 15189:2012.

Currently the laboratory operates a 24/7 shift system and after appropriate training you will be expected to participate in the departmental shift system which attracts AfC enhanced payments.

Applications will be considered from individuals who require the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Haematology & Hospital Transfusion Science. In these circumstances successful applicant salaries will be as per AFC Annex 21 - 70% of the top of band 6 until awarded the diploma, which would be expected to be completed in less than two years. Please indicate progress of the diploma within your application.

Applications for part time hours will also be considered.

For further details or informal enquiries, please contact either Lorna Philpotts, Operational Manager on 0121 3715966 or email, or Mohammed Akhtar, Operational Manager on 0121 4242702 or email

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent academic achievement that is ratified by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • * State registration with Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC).
  • * Post registration specialist competency portfolio or equivalent
  • * Evidence of continuing professional development and proficiency in accordance with HCPC guidelines



  • * Experience of working in clinical laboratories commensurate with the laboratory position.
  • * Experience of laboratory techniques and automation.
  • * Experience of dealing with suppliers, clinical and support staff, the public or customer care.
  • A working knowledge of:
  • * Biomedical Science theory and practice (Haematology, Transfusion, Biochemistry,
  • * Microbiology and Cellular Pathology).
  • * Quality control and assurance practices. )
  • * Laboratory health and safety.
  • * HCPC and IBMS professional standards, ethics and proficiencies.


  • * Understanding of accreditation within labs (e.g. ISO 15189, MHRA)

Additional Criteria


  • * Numerate and able to undertake scientific calculations with and without the use of aides.
  • * Perform in a team.
  • * Manual dexterity to undertake automated, manual and specialised techniques
  • * Good and accurate IT input and MS Office skills
  • * Effective communication skills both written and oral.
  • * Demonstrate logical thought processes and the ability to solve problems and plan remedial action.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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