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Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join University Hospitals Birmingham, one of the

largest teaching hospitals in England with state of the art facilities and employing over

20,000 colleagues across 4 sites (Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and experienced Biomedical Scientist

with experience in all aspects of Microbiology and who must be a HCPC registered. A learning agreement will be considered for those who have not completed their specialist portfolio.

This role is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but there may be future requirement to work

across all sites that are part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Microbiology is part of the Clinical Pathology department, providing a patient focused

quality service that is committed to the trust values of being Kind, Connected and Bold).

The Microbiology department provides a dynamic service that actively promotes innovation

and service development. We are committed to staff health and well-being, training and

development enabling and equipping staff with the tools to embark on an exciting and

fulfilling career.

You will be part of a UKAS accredited service, made up of a specialist and experienced team

of 50+ staff, all working towards a common goal. The department uses a range of state of

the art equipment including lab automation in bacteriology and the latest molecular

technology in virology.

Main duties of the job

The candidate will be expected to have a good understanding of areas within Microbiology and Virology. They will be required to train and motivate their peers and take a lead role when the seniors are not present. We are looking for people who work well within a team and have a patient focused attitude with quality in mind.

In providing a 24/7 health service, there is requirement for working at weekends and on statutory and public holidays, in addition the participation of overnight shift as well as late shifts would be necessary.

Main Duties

*To safely handle, use and dispose of biological samples including blood, urine, faeces, CSF and semen, body tissues and other body fluids/samples and hazardous and/or radioactive chemicals. Be aware these samples can isolate ACDP hazard group 2 and 3 organisms.

*To maintain compliance with good laboratory practice, quality assurance procedures in accordance with the standards of UKAS ISO 15189:2003.

*To ensure that all results are reported within the agreed turnaround time and report to Duty Senior of any non-compliance.

*To be familiar with and ensure compliance to national, Trust and departmental Health and Safety policies e.g. risk assessments and COSHH assessments.

*Be proficient in automated instruments and equipment's like the Kiestra, Vitek2, Maldi MS, BacTAlert, DS2, Pather, Cepheid's. Maintenance and problem solving will be crucial.

*Support training for other staff and making sure all competencies are completed.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent academic achievement that is ratified by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • * State registration with Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC).
  • * Post registration specialist competency portfolio or equivalent
  • * Evidence of continuing professional development and proficiency in accordance with HCPC guideline



  • * Experience of working in clinical laboratories commensurate with the laboratory position.
  • * Experience of laboratory techniques and automation.
  • * Experience of dealing with suppliers, clinical and support staff, the public or customer care.
  • A working knowledge of:
  • * Biomedical Science theory and practice (Haematology, Transfusion, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Cellular Pathology).
  • * Quality control and assurance practices.
  • * Laboratory health and safety.
  • * HCPC and IBMS professional standards, ethics and proficiencies.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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