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Trainee/BMS/Specialist BMS (Biochemistry/Haematology/Transfusion)

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year Specialist knowledge/skills required for band 6.
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Biomedical Scientist or Trainee Band 5 /Specialist /Band 6

Specialist knowledge/skills required for band 6 position.

Perform laboratory procedures effectively, rotating through the sections of the department, to provide a comprehensive pathology service as an aid to effective diagnosis and treatment of patients.

All staff are expected to work to the Trust Values. The Blood Sciences department ensures the provision of a comprehensive service to North Cumbria Hospitals and primary care. The departments offer core analyses on a frequent basis, processing urgent requests and a variety of specialised tests. The majority of the pathology service is provided on a 24/7 basis. Out of hours cover is delivered via extended working arrangements, on call, or shift patterns according to the urgency and volume of the work.

10% recruitment and retention premium is available for this post for HCPC registered applicants with relevant Blood Sciences (Biochemistry and/or Haematology) shift experience.

Main duties of the job

Perform manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory investigations as required.

Ensure procedures are carried out according to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Communicate complex technical and clinical information, especially in critical situations, being responsible for technical authorisation of results and clinical authorisation of reports within agreed protocols.

Undertake technical validation of complex / specialist results from laboratory investigations and ensure accuracy and precision as specified by laboratory protocols.

Analyse and interpret test results of a specialist nature.

Service and maintain the diagnostic equipment as required, take corrective action in the event of equipment failure follow contingency planning if such action fails and report to BMS team manager.

Resolve routine and complex equipment and process problems, reporting to BMS team manager as required.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

The Trust will provide a twelve month preceptorship period for all newly registered healthcare professionals.

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • BSc in Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • HCPC registration


  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent



  • All areas of chosen discipline
  • Supervision and training.
  • Technical audit.



  • Underpinning theory of laboratory practice in area of chosen discipline
  • Laboratory health and safety, COSHH, and risk assessment
  • Continuing professional development with portfolio
  • Equality legislation and best practice



  • Practical laboratory skills
  • Able to use initiative appropriately within a team
  • Ability to analyse work to determine compliance with standards
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Good hand/eye co-ordination. Keyboard skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to demonstrate the compassionate values and behaviours needed for dignified care

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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