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Senior Biomedical Scientist - Section Leader

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Immunohistochemistry laboratory in the Histopathology Department in the role of a Section Leader. You will have extensive experience within both Immunohistochemistry and Histopathology and have excellent organizational skills plus experience in maintenance of a high throughput service. As a strong team player, you will also possess excellent communication skills and must be able to take responsibility for day-to-day planning and prioritization of workload. A strong commitment to personal and professional development and teamwork are all essential for this post. In return, you will be welcomed into a developing team as a key valued member, with opportunities for professional development and experience.

Main duties of the job

  • To practice as a Section Leader in advanced staining area, including immunohistochemistry and special stains undertaking a wide variety of automated and non-automated, complex analytical procedures requiring a high level of manual dexterity and knowledge, prioritising and organising the diagnostic workload to ensure continuity and efficiency of the service, and demonstrating expertise inmultiple histological techniques.
  • Provide an effective service to Histopathology, and the Haemato-oncology service (HODS)
  • This post involves staff supervision and management of a team within the Histopathology Department.
  • Ensure that all aspects of ISO 15189, and external governing bodies are achieved and maintained, in accordance with both local and national guidelines.
  • Participate in technical, quality and training and education as required by the department within scope of practice

NB: Post holder must not work outside their defined field of competence

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 28th April 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 10th May 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • IBMS Specialist Diploma in Cellular Pathology or equivalent or nearing completion
  • MSc in relevant discipline or equivalent or Working towards
  • IBMS Accredited Biomedical Science Degree
  • HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist


  • Management/ Leadership qualification



  • Considerable experience in all areas of routine and specialised histopathological techniques, including special stains
  • Extensive experience in Immunohistochemistry and ISH techniques, including quality check of stained slides
  • Experience at leading / supervising people
  • Experience of training Biomedical Scientists and Biomedical Support Workers
  • Has previous experience and is capable of making decisions under pressure in a lone-working environment


  • Experience of working in the NHS



  • Advanced knowledge of a wide range of Histopathology procedures and practices in routine and specialist areas, including special stains
  • Advanced Knowledge of Immunohistochemistry
  • Advanced knowledge of Tissue Morphology
  • Knowledge of Histopathology Quality management Systems and ISO 15189
  • Knowledge of Pathology IT systems
  • Understands the role of diagnostic Histopathology in a clinical setting


  • Knowledge and performance of investigating and carrying out CAPAs for non-compliances in histopathology
  • Knowledge and performance of investigating incidents



  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills - can work as part of a team or independently
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • High degree of manual dexterity to perform complex histopathological laboratory techniques
  • Able to prioritise workload to meet needs of the service
  • Ability to supervise staff, including supporting the training of staff.
  • Ability to organise and allocate work to less experienced staff to meet the needs of the service.
  • Time management and organisational skills


  • Credible and effective leadership qualities
  • Experience in laboratory educational supervision

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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