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Healthcare Scientist (Biomedical Scientist (BMS))

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
King's Lynn
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Blood Science Spoke Laboratory provides a repertoire of tests for the immediate management of the patient. The Laboratory is part of The Eastern Pathology Alliance, a Network comprising the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital that hosts the Hub laboratory, the James Paget Hospital GT. Yarmouth and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, the latter host the spoke laboratories.

This position will be based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Blood Science Spoke Laboratory. The successful candidate will ideally be multidisciplinary trained in Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Biochemistry but in depth training will be given to the successful candidate as required.

Main duties of the job

The Eastern Pathology Alliance have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, enthusiastic state registered Biomedical Scientist to join our friendly Multidisciplinary Blood Science Spoke Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn. The successful candidate will ideally be multidisciplinary trained in Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Biochemistry but in depth training will be given to the successful candidate as required.

The Laboratory is equipped with Abbott Anility Haematology and Chemistry analysers, Werfen TOPS coagulation and Grifols Blood Grouping analysers. In addition, there are a number of standalone analysers for Osmolality, Blood Gas and CSF Xanthochromia

You will be required to perform a range of analyses in a section in either Clinical Biochemistry or Haematology and ideally have experience of Transfusion and Coagulation.

Knowledge of laboratory based computers, audits, SOPs, ISO standards and quality is essential. You must also be able to demonstrate current evidence of CPD. Essential qualities we require are an ability to work within a team, good communication skills, good technical proficiency and an ability to work unsupervised. You must be able to work under pressure and be able to meet deadlines, be flexible and adaptable and show that you are motivated and willing to develop your knowledge and skill.

The individual would be trained to a high standard in a multidisciplinary setting.

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 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 NNUHs PRIDE values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.
  • Communicates complex service related test information to managers, consultants, nurses, other health care colleagues, patients and patient carers.
  • Answers telephone inquiries from pathology users, patients and patient carers about test results and provide information that is complex concerning methodologies and service requirements, seeking advice as required.
  • Assists in explaining results and reassures the users that the information is correct after seeking advice when results do not agree with clinical presentation.
  • Manages own work on a daily basis in specialised services. Responsible for processing both urgent and routine work to maintain routine turnaround times in line with Trust and Service polices.
  • Maintains as part of a team, complex specialist analytical equipment on a daily basis and assess fitness for clinical use referring to senior staff as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the efficient use of expensive tests and high value analysers.
  • Able to run daily test procedures on all methodologies to include calibration and quality control testing and refer to senior staff to sign off as fit for clinical use.
  • Fault find equipment and analyser function after formal in-house training.
  • Follows policies in specialised areas and propose changes that will improve and develop the service for users inside and outside the Trust.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences or equivalent
  • State registration with Health Professions Council (HPC)



  • Has a working knowledge of the assays performed within their service
  • Understands basic clinical analyser performance evaluation to include complex instrumentation
  • Will be able to effectively work within a complex multidisciplinary team

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


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Gayton Road

King's Lynn

PE30 4ET

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