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Consultant Biomedical Scientist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Consultant BMS in Cervical Cytology

We at the East of England Cervical Screening Service at Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Trust are seeking someone who relishes a challenge and enjoys working at the lead provider for the HPV Primary cervical screening programme serving over 400,000 women per year.

The East of England area is comprised of 6 STP regions each requiring a coordinated and efficient network of sample transport links from primary care to pathology reception services, IT connectivity, and direct referrals to 18 regional colposcopy units and a robust cytology failsafe of all patient referrals and outcomes.

The laboratory also currently processes around 2,500 diagnostic cytology samples per year.

The position will be based at the Cotman Centre, which is set within the Norwich Research Park adjacent to the UEA campus.

Main duties of the job

The Consultant BMS for the cervical screening service works under the direction of the Cytology Clinical Lead and deputise for the Consultant BMS Lead as required. They will demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills & experience as a clinical cytologist, giving clinical advice on patient management and follow-up recommendations, in line with national guidance & to provide specialist training to departmental staff & to service users both inside & outside of the Trust

The Consultant BMS will report & refer abnormal cervical screening samples, manage the review of cases for regional colposcopy MDT meetings & review of invasive cases for audit. The role of the STP regional pathway manager is challenging & will be expected to take the lead & ensure that inter-organisational co-operation, communication & processes are in place to maintain the quality of the whole screening pathway across the STP region within East of England

The Pathway Manager is the point of focus for communication between the Norfolk & Waveney cervical screening service & the service users across the STP region. This includes NHS England & NHS Improvement Screening & Imms Team, SQAS Team, Cancer Registry, regional STP NHS Trusts, GP surgeries & community clinics, iCaSH sexual health clinics, HM military & HM Prison institutions. The role is to ensure that professional well managed & coordinated arrangements are in place for meeting national requirements applicable to those parts of the cervical screening programme

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management of a complex workload of cytology.
  • This includes participation in primary screening, rapid review, checking and reporting of all grades of cervical cytology samples, giving appropriate management recommendations.
  • Participation in the colposcopy Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (Colp MDTs) for the relevant STP region. Communication with clinicians and colposcopists ensuring correct patients management is provided based on cytological findings. To arrange Consultant BMS cover during planned leave.
  • Promotes and demonstrates best practice within cervical cytology. This requires demonstration of clear scientific and clinical reasoning at an advanced level
  • Co-ordinates and undertakes the processing of LBC gynaecological cytology specimens.
  • Ensures that the ethical and moral dimensions of practice are followed.
  • Maintains personal professional and technical competence and awareness by mandatory CPD in accordance with the continuing registration requirements of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Participates in national proficiency testing in order to demonstrate maintenance of screening competence.
  • Maintains personal and departmental professional standards as required by the Trust, by the HCPC, Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Colleges.
  • Provides technical specialist information, often of a complex nature, to service users and within protocols advice of a limited clinical nature including the requirement for further investigations.

Person Specification



  • HCPC State registration
  • IBMS/RCPath Advanced Specialist Diploma in Cervical Cytology.



  • Extensive experience in a senior position in cytology at a senior grade, working in a field of practice relevant to the cervical screening programme.



  • In-depth knowledge of the quality requirements pertaining to Cytology Laboratories, Colposcopy Clinics and the NHSCSP.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentational skills

Attitude, aptitude


  • Enthusiastic, positive and highly motivated. Able to relate well to all levels of personnel.
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Cotman Centre, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital



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