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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

The Royal Cornwall hospital is the sole provider of pathology services for Cornwall and is currently looking for a motivated, part time (18.75 hours) band 6 specialist biomedical scientist to become part of our team in the busy, professional and friendly Haematology, Coagulation and Blood Transfusion Department. The successful candidate will be HCPC registered and completed or making good progress towards Specialist Portfolio or equivalent, with an interest in Haematology and / or Blood Transfusion they will rotate through all sections, covering the full range of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. In the absence of suitably experienced and/or registered staff, we are willing to employ to Annexe-21 of band 6, with progression to band 6 after attainment of specific, timely goals.

Main duties of the job

Our laboratory has full ISO 15189 Accreditation status and the Transfusion laboratory is fully MHRA compliant. The laboratory is equipped with Abbott Alinity full blood count analysers, Werfen Coagulation TOP analysers, Grifols Erytra blood grouping analysers and access to Sebia capillary electrophoresis for haemoglobinopathy and antenatal sickle cell and thalassaemia screening. The hospital is a Haemostasis Centre with the laboratory undertaking advanced coagulation thrombotic and haemorrhagic investigations. We also undertake basic male fertility screening within the department working closely with the Cornwall Centre for Reproductive Medicine.

You will be expected to participate in an out of hours rota covering evenings, nights and weekends. The current out of hours system is due to be replaced in the future with a rolling shift pattern, which this post will be expected to join.

You will have access to our experienced Training Officer and further training is encouraged and supported. The position offers the opportunity to become a valued member of our friendly team in a county renowned for its beaches and stunning scenery.

About us

For further information please contact: Martyn Hicks or Ian Sullivan, Haematology and Blood Transfusion Department. Telephone: 01872 252500, 01872 252502. E-mail: or

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will assist the management team delivering a quality and responsive clinical and technical service for the Trust and associated stakeholders and partners, providing professional leadership and line management for the staff.

In conjunction with senior staff, the post holder will assist in identifying service pressures and devising action plans or business cases/plans as appropriate and deputise for section leads as required.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the department meets quality targets such as turn-around times and consistency of test results.

Supervise staff, organise, and prioritise workload to meet demanding deadlines.

Ensure lower grades of scientific and scientific support staff comply with Health and Safety protocols as set out in relevant documentation.

Assist in the production of all Standard Operating Procedures for devices, use of equipment, care of the working environment & training protocols.

Engage with the QMS and instil a quality culture.

Engage in the implementation and development of systems & devices.

Engage with the departmental training and competency programme.

Ensure that goods are ordered and monitored in a timely fashion.

Perform appraisals and training of staff

Person Specification



  • IBMS accredited degree
  • Registered with HCPC
  • IBMS Specialist portfolio or equivalent qualification (e.g. MSc in relevant subject)


  • IT qualifications
  • Health and safety qualification



  • Previous experience of working in a NHS laboratory, post HCPC registration1
  • Significant experience of working in a Haematology and Blood Transfusion Department


  • Specialist experience in either analytical haematology, coagulation or blood transfusion

Practical and Intellectual skills


  • Able to perform complex laboratory tasks and assays
  • Able to understand and deal with abnormal results
  • Able to deal with IQC and EQA
  • Good interpretive skills


  • Knowledge of a Quality Management System (QMS)

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske




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