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Biomedical Scientist in Clinical Biochemistry

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our supportive team in Clinical Biochemistry here at Bristol Royal Infirmary, Laboratory Medicine within University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW).

You will be part of a team providing a Clinical Biochemistry service to the Trust. The post holder will rotate through all sections of the Department practising a wide range of automated and manual analytical procedures to produce high quality test results.

You will be expected to understand the need for analytical quality and clinical urgency, and take appropriate action when finding abnormal pathology results in order to maintain the highest standards of patient care.

This role has an increased allocation of night shifts. The successful candidate will support the 24/7 operation of the laboratory by participating in the out of hours rota, taking part in early, late, nights, weekend and bank holidays as allocated.

In addition to your analytical skills, you will be expected to supervise and train medical laboratory assistants, as well as other technical and scientific staff working under the direction of the section leader.

Main duties of the job

  • To follow protocols for performing a wide range of laboratory procedures.
  • To participate the 24/7 out-of-hours service, with an increased allocation of night shifts as required, and at weekends providing Clinical Biochemistry services to the Trust
  • To organise personal workload in response to the urgency and volume of requests.
  • To inspect analytical quality control results and authorise the reporting of only those analytical results which satisfy established criteria.
  • To recognise the importance of abnormal results, and to ensure that they are reported without delay. To ensure that appropriate follow on tests are performed in line with the level of abnormality detected.
  • To maintain equipment and work space in a clean and functional condition.
  • To ensure that analytical procedures and equipment not conforming to quality specifications are brought to the attention of the senior staff member
  • To supervise Medical Laboratory Assistants and assist in training all other grades of staff including Medical staff.
  • To establish, maintain and increase their knowledge, skills and competency. This includes maintaining a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio, providing evidence of participation in learning and development activities.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Operational experience in an NHS Clinical Biochemistry laboratory
  • Understanding and experience of quality control systems
  • Understanding and experience of working to quality standards
  • Experience of laboratory computer systems
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to service improvements
  • Understanding of the critical importance of confidentiality


  • Experience of document management systems (e.g. Q-Pulse)

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc or equivalent in Biomedical Science
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD

Skills and Abilities


  • Basic keyboard skills
  • Ability to use Microsoft Windows and associated programmes such as Word & Excel
  • Competence to perform analytical tests
  • Ability to represent the Department effectively in its relations with other Departments and externally
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to plan own work
  • Be able to problem solve
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary



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