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Biomedical Scientist - Cellular Pathology

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are recruiting for a Biomedical Scientist - Cellular Pathology who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist with appropriate experience to join the Cellular Pathology Team at the Lister hospital. You should possess excellent communication and time management skills and have a systematic approach to your work together with a flexible work approach.

The department is very busy with tight deadlines so candidates must be able to work under pressure.

This post involves rotation around each area of the Cellular Pathology department, including Immunohistochemistry, Special Stains and BMS sample transfer.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

The Cellular Pathology team consisting of Medical Consultants, Biomedical Scientists (BMS), Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA) and secretarial support staff work together to deliver a high quality service, handling approximately 30,000 patient sample requests a year.

The department is well-equipped, fully computerised, and offers experience in all aspects of routine histology, diagnostic cytology, frozen sections and immunohistochemistry.

To undertake the preparation of histological specimens, on rotation through the department.

Works individually and un supervised

To undertake the non-routine specialist techniques of the laboratory e.g. special stains, immunohistochemistry

To undertake the preparation and sectioning of large blocks including staining of sections produced

To undertake MLA duties on rotation through the section.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications / Training


  • State registration with Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • HPC accredited degree
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (IBMS CPD)
  • Section paraffin blocks at 25/hour

Previous Experience


  • At least 1 years experience
  • Ability to work independently and without supervision
  • Ability to supervise trainees and junior staff


  • Experience of windows based programmes, including excel, power point
  • Experience of clinical audit

Skills and Knowledge


  • Ability to carry out a variety of complex analytical procedures on a range of clinical specimens
  • Ability to prioritise work.
  • Ability to work accurately and quickly in an organised manner and with attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively and at all levels
  • Sound understanding of established written policies and protocols, including COSHH regulations
  • A good knowledge of Health & Safety requirements Good understanding of clinical governance and its implications
  • Ability to make decisions and recommendations using own initiative and judgement based on practical and theoretical knowledge
  • Ability to produce reports and protocols


  • Previous participation in audit projects and an understanding of audit and outcome
  • Ability to interpret statistical data

Other Requirements


  • Ability to work safely and effectively under pressure
  • Excellent hand-eye co-ordination (microscopy)
  • Sound understanding of data protection and patient confidentiality issues
  • A sound understanding of quality requirements
  • Emotionally robust enough to deal with stressful situations

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Lister Hospital

Coreys Mill Lane



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