Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
6 Nov 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The department provides a specialist Clinical Biochemistry service to both acute and primary care, and to other trusts within the Sussex area and beyond. It holds accreditation with UKAS, and is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences as a training laboratory.

The laboratory at University Hospitals Sussex, East is divided into four sections: at the Royal Sussex County Hospital(RSCH) site : Automation, Send Away Service , Special Reference (including Downs screening, Toxicology, Point of Care, and Separation Sciences) and Immunology: and on the Princess Royal Hospital(PRH) site: Automation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic HCPC Registered Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join our team and work in the Biochemistry automation department at UHS East. The candidate will be expected to work at both UHS East( RSCH and PRH) sites, reporting to the Biochemistry Automation Section Manager, you will be working with the other Biochemistry Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist in the section and be responsible for the smooth running of the Biochemistry automation and send away section.

The automation sections are equipped with Roche Cobas 8000s which are tracked and linked to pre analytics. We also use the Roche c513 analyser for the HbA1c's.

The department provides a service covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All staff will be expected to participate in the shift rota once satisfying competency assessment.

Main duties of the job

NHS Laboratory experience is essential and we will not consider any candidates without?
  • Day-to-day running of the laboratory (managing staffing, stock control, monitoring internal and external quality control performance, dealing with engineer visits, maintaining staff rota, organise section around planned and unplanned analytical downtime and deputising for the Section Manager in their absence).
  • Training of MLAs and BMS staff to perform their tasks as per the SOPs and maintaining competency logs.
  • Instrument trouble shooting.
  • Quality tasks, such as: handling low severity incidents, reviewing/writing SOPs, audits, quality control, validation, working closely with QO etc.
  • Assisting section manager with implementation of new processes and equipment.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSx we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSx you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for the Biochemistry automation and Send Away section, ensuring the smooth running of departmental day to day activities, quality activities to maintain UKAS accreditation status, training and supervising of staff and maintaining staff competency logs, managing staffing in the section, ensuring the analysers are maintained correctly and undertaking any troubleshooting that is required dealing with engineering visits and organising the section around planned and unplanned analytical down time, stock control and ordering of reagents and materials. You must be confident in supervising a team and have good communication skills as you will be working with laboratory staff across sites and disciplines, clinical staff as well as external users of our service.

It is an essential requirement that you have either completed a Specialist IBMS Portfolio or have successfully completed its predecessor, the CPSM/HPC logbook and oral examination. You must also have an MSc or equivalent qualification in the appropriate specialty and years of experience within a diagnostic NHS Biochemistry laboratory.

Candidates would be expected to have experience in delivering training, analyser troubleshooting and using Quality systems.

The department has a 24/7 shift system in place. The successful candidate will be required to participate in the 24/7 shift working pattern once satisfying competency assessment and will be required to work on either UHS East sites(RSCH and PRH).

Please read the attached job description and person specification for further details.

Person Specification

HCPC registered


  • Must be HCPC registered as a Biomedical Scientist


  • Previous experience as a Senior

Laboratory experience


  • Must have a minimum of 4 years post HCPC registration NHS laboratory experience

IBMS Specialilist portfolio


  • Must have completed a Specialist Portfolio in Biochemistry

Relevant BSc or equivalent


  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences

Relevant MSc / MPhil or equiv


  • Suitable MSc or currently working as band 7

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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