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Biomedical Scientist/Trainee Biomedical Scientist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£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 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is part Eastern Pathology Alliance (EPA). EPA is a network of three Trust Laboratories based at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn and Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Norwich (NNUH) of which the NNUH is the hub laboratory.

The post will be based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The Laboratory provides a wide range of tests for both in-patient and out-patient, all of Norfolk's GP's and other neighbouring Trusts. To aid with our very high workload in the Automated Clinical Biochemistry, the department just recently updated the analysers with Abbott Alinity with 3600 Accelerator 3600 as the track system.

We have exciting opportunities for HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists who have experience of working as independent practitioners with skills in Clinical Biochemistry and who are able to perform a range of analyses in Automation and Specimen Reception Services.

We will also welcome applications from graduates who have completed an IBMS accredited biomedical sciences degree and started their registration portfolio (Please refer to attached job descriptions).

The post will be based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and there is an expectation that the post holder will participate in the delivery of a 24/7 laboratory service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will maintain the Laboratory Information Service on a daily basis, allowing the service users access to accurate and updated patient care test results. The state registered Health Care Scientist is required to train and demonstrate methodologies on complex analytical equipment to medical staff, Clinical Scientists, other BMS staff, new entrant staff, students and medical laboratory assistants (MLA).

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.
  • Fault find equipment and analyser function after formal in-house training
  • Manages own work and day-to-day routine work in specialised services. Responsible for processing both urgent and routine work to maintain routine turnaround times in line with Trust and Service polices
  • Answers telephone inquiries from pathology users, patients and patient carers about test results and provide information that is complex about methodologies and service requirements

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

  • 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.
  • Assists in managing and maintaining specialised databases in laboratory computer systems and patient storage databases.
  • Responsible for inputting and amending patient data and results, which includes other colleagues work.
  • Use research and development protocols on a daily basis to provide statistical presentations of internal quality control (QC) to assess equipment performance in line with QC rules (e.g. Westgard).
  • Assist in the evaluation and development of methods to improve the service and patient care diagnostic tests.
  • Assist in the education and training of Medical staff, Clinical Scientists, other BMS, Trainee BMS, MLAs and visiting students as required within their specialised area.

Please see the attached job description for full details. This contains both Biomedical Scientist and Trainee Biomedical Scientist job descriptions.

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
  • Develop knowledge and skills of how to problem solve complex clinical Scientific problems
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge, understanding and the ability to use current laboratory software
  • 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


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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