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Biomedical Scientist - Cellular Pathology (XR05)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Cellular Pathology Department as a Biomedical Scientist. Applications are invited from Biomedical Scientists who are HCPC registered and who ideally have experience in Cellular Pathology techniques.

Applications may also be considered from candidates who have the IBMS Certificate of Competence or are nearing completion of their registration portfolio (Candidates would be employed as a trainee Band 4 until HCPC registered).

Although based at St James University Hospital you may be required to rotate to other sites and sections within LTHT, and once competent you will be required to take part in the departmental on call rota. The department operates a 6 day working week, 7.30 am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday.

An innovative department, we were the first laboratory in the UK digitally scanning all surgical slides and the first to introduce automated tissue sectioners to the UK. We are a regional Cellular Pathology Genomics Centre and pilot site for the Cancer Vaccine Launch Pad. The department has appointed a Transformation Lead to support with development of the service and is also supported by a Pathology Technology & Innovation Lead.

Expected interview date: Friday 3rd May 2024

Main duties of the job

As a HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist, the post holder will be a member of the departmental team and assist in the delivery of a quality driven, cost effective, patient focused service consistent with LTHT Pathology objectives. To provide that service in a manner commensurate with the profession.

To carry out the examination of pathological samples using various technologies and to report or present the results as appropriate.

Work in different sections of the department to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute towards the provision of an accurate and timely service for patients. You will be expected to apply professional judgements and specialist skills to technically complex and sometimes difficult situations, and how to work, often under pressure, either independently or as part of the team.

Required to communicate information, often related to patient management and care, to colleagues, healthcare staff and other organisations.

About us

The department provides Histopathology, Andrology, Immunohistochemistry, Muscle, Molecular, Non Gynae Cytology and mortuary services for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and surrounding primary care centres. We are a well equipped and innovative department being the first laboratory in the UK digitally scanning 100% of surgical slides, also introducing the UK's first automated tissue sectioners. We process circa 58,000 surgical cases, 2,000 autopsy cases and 6000 non-gynaecological cytology cases per annum. We are a continually improving department, striving for high quality staff and processes. As a training hospital we serve to expand the knowledge and skills of all staff. There are plenty of opportunities to become involved, and further development is encouraged. We have UKAS accreditation to ISO15189 standards. We endeavour to follow 'The Leeds Way' at all times putting the patient first at all times.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical/ Scientific/ Technical

Carry out appropriate technical laboratory procedures and tasks that are consistent with the post levels of knowledge, skills and experience. These tasks may vary from day to day but examples would include:

o Carry out analysis

o Reporting results (appropriate to discipline) with appropriate escalation as required

o Maintaining appropriate records and documentation

o Plate reading and reporting

o Basic tissue & disease recognition

o Specialist reagent set up

o Dealing with unauthorised telephone results enquires

Participate in the departments rosters as required

Work flexibly and undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as agreed with line manager

This job requires a high degree of dexterity and precision when manipulating small tools such as pipettes, handling very small volumes of clinical material or when preparing microscope slides for examination by others. In order to achieve the required turnaround times the work must be performed with both speed and accuracy.

Technical validation and designated clinical authorisation of results as determined by specialist area

Communication of complex, technical information to users of the service

Use of LIMS to report, retrieve and manage technical information.

Participate and ensure the operation and routine maintenance of equipment.

The post holder will be expected to second line trouble shoot in response to operational issues

Leadership/ Management

Support and inspire staff to provide efficient , effective, safe, quality care to patients

Provide day to day supervision and co-ordination of staff.

Responsible for professional/clinical supervision of qualified staff or students

Deputise for the Specialist BMS

Help to ensure the effective deployment of staff is mapped against the flow of work to provide safe and effective service delivery

Promote the building of effective teams and collaboration between teams

Ensure compliance with all statutory and legislative requirements including patient confidentiality and the Data Protection Act.

Anticipate problems and take preventative or mitigating actions, or have contingency plans available

Help manage the use of agency staff in the team

Supports effective and efficient management of section, including optimisation of workflow.

Supports waste reduction incentives for designated area

Supports collaborative team working across all sections

Quality/ Training

Support and participate in level 1 incident investigations.

Assist with the production, maintenance and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures.

Maintain standards of laboratory policies and procedures to ensure that the department meets National External Quality Assurance (EQA) and Accreditation standards.

Undertake quality control procedures, examine quality control results to identify poor performance and instigate appropriate action.

Support and participate with the production, maintenance and implementation of risk assessments.

Participate in audits and clinical governance

Assist the department with the continuous improvement of the Quality Management System.

Keep up to date with and communicate service developments, advances and research.

Participate in and contribute to own Personal Development Review.

Ensure that safe working practices are followed in accordance with departmental Safety Policy. Be aware of and adhere to Trusts policies, including those relating to discipline, grievance, sickness, absence and health & safety

To be a training lead ambassador

Promote a learning and development culture to the improve staff skills, knowledge and competence

Delivers training and competency assessment for staff within own area

Assist in the supervision, training and teaching of staff and participate in the departments training plan

To maintain registered status as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Maintain a safe working environment


The post holder will be expected to gain competence in techniques to enable participation in the delivery of 24 hour Pathology service. This entails contracted participation in a 24/7 rota and / or the out of hour rota.

The post holder will be required to work cross site locations (LGI & SJUH) if the service requires it.

This is not an exhaustive list of roles and responsibilities, and these may be subject to change with professional and service developments


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.


As the job holder you will communicate and work directly or indirectly with a diverse range of other staff. Those shown below are examples:


- Colleagues, supervisors and managers within the speciality

- Pathology staff working in other specialities

- Members of clinical teams including nurses, doctors and other practitioners

- Administrative and secretarial staff

- Estates and facilities staff


- Staff in primary care facilities

- Staff in other hospitals

- Staff in non NHS organisations (for example suppliers of consumables)

- Patients


As the job holder you will be required to work in a clinical laboratory environment. As such you will work under controlled conditions where chemical and biohazardous materials are handled. For your own protection you will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment and for this you will receive training. Frequent periods of light and occasional periods of moderate physical activity related to stores management may be expected. The service is delivered from a number of different sites and you may be required, subject to consultation, to travel between sites.


Many tasks are repetitive and may involve the job holder standing at equipment or sitting at the laboratory bench for extended periods. Regular requirement to sit at PC and regular requirement for post holder to be mobile for collection & delivery of samples. This job requires the holder to participate in stock control, including the movement of goods from the point of delivery to the point of storage. This will require movement of light and moderate loads up to 15kg . There is the occasional requirement to move loads of 20kg with the aid of a trolley. It is anticipated there will be the occasional requirement to exert moderate physical effort for several short periods in a shift.


The day to day repertoire of this job is diverse and the job holder can expect to be asked by supervisory staff to change tasks at short notice. In order to minimise errors concentration is required on a daily basis when processing specimens. It is expected there will be the occasional requirement for prolonged concentration.

The job holder is expected to operate complex laboratory equipment. This task requires concentration so that personal safety is maintained, and equipment is not damaged.

There is no requirement for the job holder to drive a vehicle


In normal circumstances there is little patient contact by the job holder and exposure to emotional circumstances is limited. However, subject to the requirements of the speciality some patient contact may occur such as in the collection of capillary blood samples from children. It is anticipated that the postholder will only have occasional exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances.


The post holder will work generally in a laboratory environment and may be required to sit or stand at the bench for prolonged periods. It is expected that the role will involve light to moderate physical effort. The post holder will be exposed to potentially infectious pathological samples on a daily basis with occasional exposure to other risks e.g. chemical encountered in the laboratory. Exposure to physical aggressive behaviour is rare. Occasional exposure to verbal aggression occurs during telephone communication with service users

Person Specification

Skills & Behaviours


  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Computer literate
  • Independent Problem solving/ troubleshooting skills
  • Good concentration and accurate working
  • Manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail
  • Team worker


  • Teaching and training skills



  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist
  • IBMS approved degree
  • Evidence of participation in CPD


  • Already working towards a Specialist Portfolio
  • Service improvement experience



  • Good working knowledge of pathology and disease processes
  • Post registration Laboratory experience in relevant discipline
  • Competent in pathology LIMS / IT systems


  • Knowledge of pathology disciplines other than in own area
  • Multidisciplinary expe
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