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Specialist /Biomedical Scientist

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Biomedical Scientist with HCPC registration to work in our fast paced laboratory. We will also consider those working towards their HCPC registration who have an IBMS accredited degree, or who are in the last year of their degree and have completed their IBMS registration portfolio. Those who have already completed their specialist portfolio or equivalent will be eligible for a Band 6 post.

The successful candidate will be part of the Microbiology team performing scientific procedures and result interpretation on biological samples to contribute to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases and the investigation of other pathological processes.

Full rotation throughout the laboratory will be expected and training will be provided. The laboratory has core hours of 08:00 - 16:30, but provides 24/7 cover via extended hours and an on-call service. Once successful training is complete, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in extended hours and the weekend, Bank holiday and on-call rotas.

The laboratory values our staff and we fully support and actively encourage the learning and development of all individuals.

Please be aware, this vacancy may shut early due to a high volume of applicants.

Main duties of the job

Uses interpretative skills to determine the pathogenic and clinical significance of results of laboratory tests including:

Preparing, examining and reporting on microscopic examination of specimens

Deciding on appropriate tests and procedures to identify pathogenic organisms

Performing and interpreting molecular diagnostic tests

Referring results for clinical interpretation or opinion

Performs manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory investigations

Takes corrective action when quality control or assurance procedures indicate loss of performance of the laboratory instruments or methods

Ensures first line trouble shooting of complex analytical equipment or methods

Performs work strictly according to current Standard Operating Procedures

Safely handle blood, urine, faeces, organs, other body tissue, and hazardous materials

Participates in the introduction of new equipment or methods

Supervises the work and monitor performance of PSWs and trainees/students

Participates in the maintenance and the further development of the quality system

Complies with good work practices in accordance with the standards of UKAS Accreditation and other relevant professional and legislative

Assists and deputises for the BMS7 as required (Band 6)

Works flexibly depending on the needs of the service which may include any integrated shift system/rotation pattern which operates in the Department (i.e. either day or night throughout seven days per week).

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • Participates in continuing professional development


  • Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences



  • Working as a member of a team Previous laboratory work


  • Previous work in a microbiology/virology laboratory

Skills and Attributes


  • Knowledge of microbiology/virology techniques
  • Good command of written and spoken English


  • Knowledge of basic molecular diagnostic techniques

Aptitude and Personal Qualities


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills


  • Able to deal with problems in a calm and efficient manner

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Hull Microbiology department

Anlaby Road



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