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Senior Biomedical Scientist / Clinical Scientist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen to join the Willink Biochemical Genetics laboratory as a Band 7 Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist in the Metabolites & Newborn screening section. The post is full time working Monday to Friday, job share will be considered. The Willink Biochemical Genetics laboratory has a national and international reputation as a centre specialising in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with rare inherited metabolic disorders, particularly the lysosomal storage disorders. The laboratory has close links with the clinical service and therefore laboratory staff are able to see how their work contributes to the care of these patients.

The Willink laboratory is part of the Genomic Diagnostics Laboratory and offers a highly specialised biochemical diagnostic service, primarily serving Manchester and the North West region, but also receives many referrals from throughout the UK and overseas. The laboratory provides a wide range of biochemical tests for the diagnosis and screening of rare inherited metabolic diseases, including regional screening for approximately 60,000 newborns per year for 7 specific disorders.

Main duties of the job

This position will be non-rotational and based in Metabolites section, applications from both Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists are encouraged. The successful candidate will contribute to providing the regular metabolic diagnostic services including authorisation of IMD newborn screening, and participate in the Saturday out-of-hours rota for this essential part of our service. The successful candidate will be supported for continued professional development and to maintain their HCPC status.

The section provides a wide range of tests for both diagnosis and treatment monitoring of inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs) there will be exciting opportunities to contribute to service improvement and expansion of the range of tests provided.

The successful applicant will have an interest in the study of IMD. Experience in an IMD diagnostic laboratory is desirable for this role. Practical experience with various chromatographic techniques, operating advanced laboratory equipment and manual sample preparation would be of advantage, but training will be provided on the job

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & 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've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're 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.

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.

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. 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.

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



  • HCPC Registration through possession of an acceptable degree
  • Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, MSc or equivalent that demonstrate knowledge of professional discipline-specific specialised procedures acquired through short courses and ongoing specialist training and experience to master's level
  • Evidence of CPD in accordance with HCPC



  • The post holder will have successfully completed a recognised competency based training programme in biochemistry or specialist biochemistry laboratory
  • Experience post registration within biochemistry discipline as specialist BMS. Band 6 Healthcare Scientist experience demonstrating either training programme or experience equivalent to the above in a specialised biochemistry laboratory may apply


  • Experience with manual techniques, HPLC, GCMS and LCMS methodologies
  • Experience in a biochemical genetics laboratory environment



  • Able and willing to adapt to changes in working practices
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Able to motivate self and others
  • Able to recognise and manage priorities
  • Significant IT literacy
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally
  • Highly developed physical skills requiring a high degree of precision and high levels of hand-eye co-ordination for the manipulation of fine tools or materials


  • Specific skills relating to the analysis of Biochemical genetic disorders



  • Specialist knowledge and expertise acquired through in depth experience
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the basic physiology, pathology and scientific principles relevant to Biochemical genetics
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and application of quality systems, with particular reference to CPA/ISO


  • Specific knowledge related to Biochemical genetic analysis

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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