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Biomedical Scientist - Haematology & Transfusion Band 5

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per Annum + HCAs
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Whittington Health NHS Trust


Haematology and Blood Transfusion BMS Band 5: substantive position

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Haematology & Transfusion Biomedical Scientist to join the Haematology and Transfusion team.

The laboratory, which is fully computerised and automated, processes more than 275,000 patient requests per annum. The main instrumentation in Haematology is Sysmex Analysers and Bio Rad Variant, Blood Transfusion is Immucor Echo and Biochemistry is Roche Analyser.

Applicants must be highly motivated, enthusiastic and should have flexible but committed approach to working. They will need to demonstrate good organisational skills and the ability to work without close supervision in a team.

The successful applicant has to be HCPC registered and will be expected to work in Haematology and Transfusion and participate in the shift system

For further details / informal visits contact:

To arrange an informal visit / discussion please contact:

Ms Samantha Marston (Blood Transfusion Service Manager) on 0207 288 3845

Main duties of the job

To be an efficient flexible member of the Haematology & Blood Transfusion laboratory providing a high-quality service to Whittington HealthTrust.

To maintain the required levels of laboratory safety and good laboratory practice, as specified in local and national guidelines.

To work with biomedical scientists and clinical scientists in the provision of a comprehensive and effective Haematology & Blood Transfusion service for Whittington HealthTrust, as directed by the Head of the Department.

To participate in the efficient handling, processing, and analysis of samples in the laboratory, under supervision.

To maintain effective records of all activities and procedures, and to contribute towards the maintenance of the laboratory's quality system.

To check, keep clean and maintain laboratory equipment.

To carry out supervised laboratory procedures in all sections of the laboratory, as directed by the department manager and senior scientific staff.

To undergo appropriate teaching and training as directed and as necessary in order to maintain HCPC registration and to maintain suitable records of all training activities undertaken.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Communication and Relationship Skills

1.1 To demonstrate politeness, courtesy, and sensitivity in dealing with patients/clients, visitors/relatives, and colleagues, maintaining good customer relations.

1.2 Contribute towards sharing good practice within the department and Trust wide.

1.4 To work cohesively with all members of the department team in ensuring that the very best services to patients are provided at all times.

1.5 Communicates any difficulties, problems, accidents, or incidents affecting the department to a section leader/manager promptly.

1.6 Provides and receives routine information orally to inform work colleagues or external contacts e.g., other departments, G.P.s or visitors to the department.

1.7 Participates in departmental meetings and contributes to effective communication within the department.
  • Responsibility- Scientific and Technical Duties

  • 2.1 To work in all sections of the department under the supervision of a section leader and gain knowledge of all scientific, technical, and clerical work of the department.

    2.2 Take part in duties without supervision at a level of autonomy requiring decision-making but can refer to more senior or medical staff for support and organize own work tasks or activities.

    2.3 Must develop and improve your scientific expertise, which may be via CPD within an appraisal programme. Maintain a portfolio of relevant developments achieved.

    2.4 To perform your work in accordance with the standard operational policies using intermediate theoretical knowledge and may organize own work tasks or activities.

    2.5 Ensure that documentation is maintained to the Trust standard (including electronic records).

    2.6 To demonstrate awareness and compliance with Trust policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards. To work towards promoting this to others.

    2.7 Identify and report clinical risks so that appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the Trust risk management policy.
  • Responsibility- Policy and Service

  • 3.1 To be involved actively in the implementation of Trust policies and procedures at department level, reinforcing their use.

    3.2 Maintain, update, and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills, at first under supervision, using the Trusts Performance Review System, enabling standards of patient care to be monitored constantly and improved.

    3.3 Record and report all incidents/complaints involving staff, patients, and visitors in accordance with Trust policies and assist in any investigations as required.

    3.4 To ensure Whittington Health Trust pathology gain and maintain full accreditation/inspection status of National regulatory bodies including (but not restricted to):
    • UK Accreditation Service (UKAS)
    • Good Clinical Pathology Practice (GCSP)
    • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
    • Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
    • European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI)
  • Responsibility- Financial and Physical

  • 4.1 Replace stocks of consumables and reagents when required and inform the section leader if back up stocks are low.
  • Responsibility Staff/ HR/ Leadership, & Training

  • 5.1 Maintain, update, and develop personal and professional knowledge and skills by participating in the Trusts 1:1 process and PDP development.

    5.2 Participate fully as a team member, sharing knowledge and information and supporting colleagues, including support staff to promote a cohesive laboratory team and the achievement of team objectives.

    5.3 Be familiar with all core trust policies such as sickness reporting, annual leave requesting, health and safety.

    5.4 Be familiar with the Health and Safety policies of the Trust and the department and ensure that they are followed to maintain a safe working environment for all employees and visitors.
  • Education

  • 6.1 To undertake specialist training in the relevant discipline leading to the attainment of the IBMS Specialist Diploma. Must maintain registration through evidence of CPD.
  • Responsibility- Information resources

  • 7.1 Undertake relevant training and use for electronic information systems in place & under development.
    • To have an active e-mail account
  • Responsibility- Patient / Client Care

  • 8.1 To enter patient information and some test results onto the laboratory information

  • Responsibility- Research and development

  • 9.1 Participate in the collection of audit and research data as required.
  • Freedom to Act

  • 10.1 At annex U and preceptorship: required to use a degree of initiative and deal with matters independently where they can, for example a post holder may be required to deal with enquiries which are generally routine but would refer non-routine enquiries to supervisor/line manager.

    10.2 At foundation gateway, once Health Professions Council (HCPC) registered: required to act independently with a degree of autonomy within appropriate standard operating procedures, laboratory guidelines and policies, refer to their manager or senior member of staff when necessary.
  • Other Duties

  • 11.1 To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as requested.

    Person Specification

    Education/ Qualification


    • 2nd class Honours Degree in a biological science which is acceptable by IBMS/HCPC for Registration
    • HCPC Registration


    • IBMS Specialist Portfolio in the relevant discipline.
    • BBTS qualification

    Skills & Abilities


    • Methodical. Able to follow instruction
    • Well organised. Precise.
    • Numerate.
    • Good communication and presentation skills.
    • Reliable and trustworthy
    • Basic relevant scientific skills
    • Quick to learn and comprehend.
    • Able to work as team member.
    • Self-motivation. Ability to work under pressure.
    • Prepared to work with biological materials
    • Evidence of detail technical knowledge to undertake the role


    • Computer skills.
    • Ability to show flexibility by performing multiple tasks

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Previous experience in a large busy laboratory
    • detail knowledge of Haematology, morphology and Transfusion
    • Experience of using patient information systems
    • Good verbal and written communication and presentation skills
    • Ability to deal with complex queries


    • Knowledge of health and safety issues.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Whittington Health NHS Trust

    Magdala Avenue


    N19 5NF

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