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Healthcare Scientist (Senior Biomedical Scientist)

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Microbiology Department are looking to appoint a dedicated Senior Biomedical Scientist within the Bacteriology Section of the Microbiology Department.

The Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA) Microbiology Department is based at the Norfolk at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. Providing the sole Microbiology service for Norfolk, we provide diagnostic and clinical services across three busy hospital sites at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and James Paget Hospital, along with the Integrated care boards (ICBs). We deliver high-performing, ISO15189 accredited pathology services across Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology, Serology and molecular diagnostics.

The successful candidate will:
  • Hold an IBMS-accredited Biological Sciences degree or equivalent qualification and have a current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Experience in a UK Microbiology laboratory is preferential.
  • Have responsibility to manage a section/s of the bacteriology laboratory, ensuring that all designated tasks are completed. They will use professional judgment to support and advise requesting clinicians upon effective diagnosis and treatment to improve patient management.
  • Ensuring that quality management systems are maintained and implemented to maintain UKAS 15189 accreditation.
  • Participate in provision of out of hours on-call service (lone-working)

Main duties of the job

Senior Biomedical to manage and be in technical charge of a section of the Microbiology (Bacteriology) service. Required to check all aspects of the quality of teamwork, to detect problems and take appropriate remedial action where necessary. Manage daily staff rotas for work allocation and training for medical staff, clinical scientists and other Biomedical scientists (BMS's), new entrant staff, students and (Biomedical Support Workers) BSW's.

Manage the laboratory information service for own speciality on a daily basis allowing service users/clients access to accurate and updated patient test results.

As specialised staff, required to train and demonstrate methodologies on complex analytical equipment to medical staff, clinical scientists, other BMS staff, new entrant staff, students and BSW's

To ensure technical standards are maintained through internal and external QA schemes in accordance with ISO 15189:2012 standards for accreditation

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH's 'PRIDE' values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

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

  • To ensure efficient day to day operation of a section of the Microbiology service and associated support services, including maintenance of expensive stocks and high value equipment.
  • To manage the deployment of staff within the service. Supervise and give training to new, junior staff and students.
  • Act as a section lead with specialist knowledge, responsible for urgent, routine and specialised work including interpretation of test results. To ensure accurate and timely test reports are provided to users in line with Departmental and Trust policies.
  • Responsible for maintenance of technical standards, both internally and through external quality assurance schemes as required for UKAS Accreditation. Implement appropriate corrective action when audits reveal non-compliances.
  • Manage and maintain specialised databases in LIS (Lab Information System) and patient storage databases on a daily basis.
  • Responsible for input and authorisation of patient data and results to include other colleagues work.
  • Participate in clinical trials and evaluation of new equipment and consumable items in association with other members of medical and technical staff.
  • Educate and train all grades of staff as required within their specialised area

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • MSc Biomedical Sciences/Microbiology or equivalent post graduate qualification
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration


  • A management qualification or demonstrable relevant equivalent experience



  • Advanced theoretical and highly practical knowledge in specialised service for Microbiology
  • Able to interpret and react to internal and external quality assurance results

Attitude, aptitude


  • 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


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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