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Specialist Biomedical Scientist (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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A fixed term position for 18 months is available and we are looking for a talented and dynamic individual to join the team within the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (HMDS) in Leeds. This is an opportunity to become part of a highly successful department with extensive facilities and high levels of scientific expertise.

The post holder will work alongside laboratory based Biomedical Scientists, other Specialist Biomedical Scientists, Advanced Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and Consultant Haematologist/Haematopathologists to maintain and develop the service.

HMDS are currently implementing digital pathology within the histology section and also working with external partners on a project to develop AI tools for haematopathology.

Extensive previous experience in histology is required and experience of digital pathology is desirable.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of this role is to manage the efficient delivery of this project developing AI tools for use in haematopathology, supervise junior staff associated with the project and support senior histology staff in the implementation of digital pathology.

The successful candidates will be required to deliver a broad range of complex and specialised scientific work, ensuring accuracy and efficiency in histological processes. They should have a strong attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines, work independently and as a team, supervise and manage junior staff workloads, clear verbal and written communications skills for writing of protocols/ SOPs/verification reports and giving updates in meetings around the project and digital pathology implementation.

There will be a relatively high level of individual responsibility and freedom to act applied to a variety of situations with or without scientific/technical support.

We are seeking an experienced HCPC-registered Biomedical Scientist with the IBMS Specialist Portfoilo or MSc/suitable equivalent experience.

About us

HMDS provides a specialist service for the diagnosis of blood cancers and is part of the central laboratory for the Yorkshire and North East Genomic Laboratory Hub. The laboratory is the largest of its type in the United Kingdom with a high throughput of specimens including peripheral blood, bone marrow and tissue biopsies. The department also has a strong research programme and there will also be opportunity to be involved in projects related to research and clinical trials. This post provides the opportunity to join this successful team at the forefront of diagnostic services by contributing to the development of AI tools for diagnostic use and the implementation of digital pathology.

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


To undertake specialist clinical technical investigations for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease

To contribute towards the training of support workers, more junior biomedical scientists, clinical and medical staff

To communicate highly complex and / or sensitive information to colleagues and other healthcare staff


As a specialist biomedical scientist you will be a fully competent member of the department. Normally working as part of a team, you will be expected to perform a wide range of specialist technical investigations. At other times you may be required to work alone and independently, for example when working on-call. Working in different sections of the department you will have 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. Within the team you may be required to organize the tasks of support workers. You will be required to communicate highly complex information, often related to patient management and care, to colleagues, healthcare staff and other organizations.

In order to carry out the job sufficiently and effectively you will have successfully studied for an accredited degree in biomedical sciences, or other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will have developed a range of competencies and specialist knowledge in all aspects of the discipline through extensive practical experience, in house training and structured study and will continue to develop your skills and knowledge subject to the requirements of continuous professional development (CPD). In addition, basic computer skills are essential to carry out your work.

In order to work effectively in the role the job holder must be able to demonstrate a number of attributes and abilities. These will include:

- to gain new knowledge through experience, formal study and participation in relevant training schemes

- to be an integral member of a team providing a clinical technical service

- to work independently when and as required by the service, for instance when working alone in the provision of the emergency on-call service.

- to communicate clearly and effectively whether orally, graphically or electronically

- to plan and prioritise the designated workload and assist in the organization of tasks undertaken by support workers

- to work with precision and follow accurately the documented laboratory standard operating procedures

- to operate highly complex laboratory equipment safely and efficiently

- to input, extract and interpret patient data from the laboratory computer system

- to interpret, validate and authorize the results of the section

- to demonstrate relevant tasks to others as appropriate

- to contribute actively towards the improvement of service quality by participation in relevant discussions with other team members

- to remain competent in established procedures and to develop new skills as experience is accrued

- to participate actively in the departmental appraisal scheme

- to take account of changes in service delivery by demonstrating a flexible approach to work

Person Specification

Skills & Behaviours


  • Developing knowledge within speciality.
  • Developing experience within the department


  • Attendance at relevant and recent training courses
  • Knowledge of conventional IT software
  • Previous experience of working in a laboratory
  • Able to work in a team.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Good communicator
  • Friendly attitude



  • Degree (or equivalent) suitable for HCPC registration.
  • Registered biomedical scientist
  • Specialist portfolio (2006 registration onwards)



  • Post registration experience within the speciality
  • Competence in a wide range of complex laboratory procedures Participation in relevant CPD schemes
  • Willingness to undertake other formal study and in house training

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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