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Biomedical Scientist Cellular Pathology

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists to join the Cellular Pathology Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in Brighton.

The department receives approximately 34,000 Histology requests and 5,000 Diagnostic cytology requests per annum and provides a service for a wide variety of specialities, which include Renal Medicine, Oncology, Breast Pathology, and Paediatrics as well as to the Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

Applications are invited from HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists, currently working in a Cellular Pathology department

This post would suit an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Good hand eye coordination and attention to detail are essential requirements

This position will be based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and the post-holder will be held accountable to the HR policies and procedures of University Hospitals Sussex.

Routine opening hours of the Cellular Pathology department are 08:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings on a rotational basis

Applicants must have demonstrable registration experience in Histology and must be currently working in a UKAS accredited Cellular Pathology laboratory.

Main duties of the job

The post involves regular rotation and participation in different sections of the laboratory including Cut Up, Embedding, Main Laboratory, Special stains and Immunocytochemistry.

Following training the post holder will also be expected to participate in transfer cut up, frozen sections, Immunocytochemistry, molecular microtomy and Andrology.

As a Biomedical scientist the post holder will undertake a range of complex investigations to assist in the diagnosis of disease and monitoring of treatment. These investigations include manual, semi-automated and automated techniques on specialised analytical equipment.

The post holder must maintain professional registration, demonstrating high professional standards of knowledge and competency by undertaking personal continuing professional development. They must also participate in the training and development of other staff.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK'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 ourPatient 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 ourwellbeing programmefor 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 UHSussex 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

  • Participate in all aspects of routine work in the cellular pathology (histology and cytology) department working independently and as part of a team.
  • Undertakes basic routine maintenance on instruments to ensure correct functioning.
  • Performs the checking and labelling of cellular pathology specimens, resolving any issues identified by junior staff, using knowledge and experience to comment on the suitability of samples if required.
  • Using cellular pathology and medical knowledge to prioritise specimens received in the department.
  • Participate in the dissection of tissue samples that fall into the Royal College of Pathologists group A and B categories.
  • Participate in internal quality control of cases before issuing to pathologist.
  • Use of specialist knowledge to determine when further investigations are required on cellular pathology samples.
  • To comment on the adequacy of a diagnostic cytology sample whilst in the clinical environment.
  • Use of specialist knowledge to assess semen samples for fertility and post vasectomy investigations.

  • Person Specification



    • HCPC registration
    • IBMS approved Biomedical Science degree
    • 12 months plus current practical experience in UKAS accredited Cellular Pathology department


    • Experience of special stains
    • Expereince in microtomy covering a range of tissue types from cores to megas
    • Expereince in digital pathology
    • Experience of transfer cut up

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Royal Sussex County Hospital

    Eastern Road


    BN2 5BE

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