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Advanced Biomedical Scientist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited from enthusiastic and highly motivated Specialist Biomedical Scientists or existing Advanced Biomedical Scientists for the post of Advanced Biomedical Scientist in the Biochemical Genetics Unit.

This is a challenging post and offers an aspiring Biomedical Scientist the opportunity to manage the dedicated team of healthcare professionals to maintain a high-quality service for newborn blood spot screening, metabolic analysis and immunosuppressant monitoring. This role demands both technical and regulatory aspects of laboratory practice including managing turnaround times, training staff, management of stock items and participate in the quality management system.

You must be HCPC registered as a Biomedical Scientist and have a relevant postgraduate M-level academic qualification (e.g. MSc). The right candidate who is nearing the completion of a MSc with significant demonstrable experience of working at specialist Biomedical Scientist (AfC B6) within a related field of newborn screening will also be considered, this applicant will remain on AfC B6 until the completion of their MSc. You must have experience of using methodologies including practical experience of using a tandem mass spectrometer, a range of chromatographic techniques and the use of immunoassay. In addition, line management experience would be an advantage.

Main duties of the job

To work within the Biochemical Genetics Unit (BGU) providing a specialised service (i.e. newborn blood spot screening and immunosuppressant drug analysis) for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to nationally accepted standards (ISO 15189).

To include:
  • Managing processes of the day-to-day activities of the laboratory as well as participate service improvement programmes.
  • Providing advice and specialist training in the analysis of tests in the BGU newborn blood spot repertoire.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Biochemical Genetics Unit provides Newborn Blood Spot Screening for East Anglia, immunosuppressant drug service and metabolic investigations for hospitals within this area and further afield. The laboratory team is committed to providing a friendly, responsive and efficient service and you will need to demonstrate both leadership qualities and an ability to work as a team player.

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 3 March 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 14 March 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Health Professions Council registration as a Biomedical Scientist
  • BSc in Biomedical Science or equivalent.
  • MSc / FIBMS in Biomedical Science or equivalent


  • Working towards management qualification.



  • Extensive practical experience of working in a Biomedical Science laboratory and associated knowledge.
  • Experience of managing people.
  • Experience of managing and use of pathology IT systems.
  • Experience of performing risk assessments.
  • Experience of managing quality management systems.


  • Experience of working in a NHS screening laboratory and using specialist LIMS
  • Experience of using mass spectrometer and automated immunoassay system



  • Detailed knowledge and experience across a range of work procedures and practices underpinned by theory and practice relevant to post.
  • Health and safety procedures.
  • Microsoft office products.
  • Evidence of CPD



  • Willingness to undertake cross training and extend skill set.
  • Good communication.
  • Interpretation and analytical skills.
  • Mentoring skills.
  • Degree of manual dexterity.
  • Teaching and training skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to deadlines.
  • Able to prioritise own workload and of others to meet the need of the service.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • Ability to work in an organised manner and meet deadlines.
  • Show attention to detail.
  • Prepared to be flexible in relation to working hours.


  • Dependable and enthusiastic.
  • Friendly and approachable.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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