This job has expired

Registered Biomedical Scientist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

View more

Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will work within the Cervical Cytology Department and will undertake training to screen and report liquid based cervical cytology preparations, working towards the NHSCSP Certificate of Competence in Cervical Cytology (CoC). The post holder will independently screen and report cervical cytology on gaining the CoC.

The post holder will provide day to day support to the cytology screener, Advanced BMS and laboratory support teams to ensure that cervical samples are received, entered on to the LIMS and progressed to Virology for HPV testing, with appropriate cases processed, slides generated and stained for screening, checking and reporting by cytology screeners, Biomedical Scientists, Consultant Biomedical Scientists and the Consultant Cytopathologists

The post holder will assist the Advanced BMS team in order to maintain a high quality service within the resources available. The post holder will perform scientific services to patients and clients as an aid to clinical diagnosis, and access external Trust systems to collate information and add to the LIMS to aid patient management. A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is essential.

The post holder will be competent to work unsupervised and at times alone in the department and will liaise closely with the cervical cytology management team to ensure provision of a high quality service.

Main duties of the job

  • screening of cervical cytology slides as part of the National Health Service Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP)
  • Assisting the Advanced Biomedical Scientists in supervising sections of the department such as specimen reception and slide processing
  • Involvement in the organisation and monitoring of workflow throughout all areas of the department.
  • Participation in quality control checks, with identification of issues and problem solving
  • Responsible for operation and trouble shooting of complex laboratory equipment ensuring non-conformities, quality and safety issues are investigated, reported and resolved.
  • Work closely with colleagues in Virology and assist the HPV Lead and Pathway manager to ensure that samples are processed through the appropriate care pathway in a timely manner and to the correct quality standards.
  • Accessing external Trust systems to gain information and adding to the laboratory information system
  • Actively participate in audit processes, clinical trials, and research projects in the department

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �1.8bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination.

If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination. There is currently Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new employees may need to be vaccinated.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Relevant BSc Degree in Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent) acceptable for registration with HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist
  • State registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Biomedical Scientist.
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Working towards the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Cellular Pathology.
  • Working towards the NHSCSP Certificate of Competence in Cervical Cytology (CoC).



  • Knowledge and experience of Quality Management Systems in pathology.
  • Knowledge of the work of a Cytopathology Department
  • A sound understanding of basic physiology, pathology and scientific principles relevant to Cytopathology


  • Hospital laboratory experience in Cytopathology.

Training and experience


  • Experience of operating, troubleshooting and maintaining complex laboratory equipment
  • Experience of training BMS and MLA staff.
  • Awareness of ISO 15189 standards.


  • Experience of using Q-Pulse
  • Experience in service improvement within pathology.

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to work unsupervised.
  • Ability to prioritise workload to meet clinical demands.
  • Ability to communicate with a range of staff and audiences. Skills and abilities
  • Evidence of working as part of a team
  • Good IT skills including use of Microsoft Office applications.


  • Demonstrates leadership skills



  • Flexible approach to work and hours which may vary according to departmental need

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Cytology Department, 1st Floor Clinical Sciences Building 2, Manchester Foundation Trust

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert