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Lead Biomedical Scientist Histopathology

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you the leader we are looking for to oversee the work of Histopathology at our Oxford Road site and who will ensure that we continue to offer high-quality services to the Trust, plus a wide range of hospitals across the North-West and beyond? In conjunction with the Histopathology Laboratory Manager and Clinical Leads you will be responsible for the overall operation and development of the Histopathology laboratory service at our Oxford Road site, ensuring that the service is of high quality and that it functions in an efficient and safe manner. You have the responsibility for managing a team to successfully deliver all aspects of laboratory operations, from motivating staff to maintaining the department's finances this is a multi-layered role that requires an ambitious leader.

As Histopathology evolves, we wish to embrace technological developments and are looking to implement the next stage of our SMART automation journey with discussions ongoing to install and begin validation work for the X120 Tissue-Tek Tissue Processor as well as reviewing opportunities to further develop automation within the service in terms of automated microtomy Whilst you will be central to this exciting work, you won't be on your own. You will be supported by the Histopathology Senior Management Team which includes the Cellular Pathology Directorate Manager, Histopathology Laboratory Manager, Clinical leads, and senior BMS staff, hence achieving can be a result of a rewarding team effort.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a visionary leader with excellent communication skills and a management qualification, or evidence of developed management skills honed along your career path. HCPC registered, you will have significant Histopathology experience, with a good awareness of current issues in the pathology service, health and safety legislation and UKAS standards. You will be a leader with strategic capability, who can drive forward modernisation in the context of financial efficiency. You must have tactical ability and the necessary skills to fully understand the financial position facing the NHS and be willing to change the face of Pathology by being innovative and creative. This post holder must have drive and tenacity and be able to deliver the necessary changes to keep the department at the forefront of Pathology.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In conjunction with the Histopathology Laboratory Manager the post-holder will be responsible for the planning and day to day running of this large and diverse department. There will be a requirement to work in partnership with the Histopathology Laboratory Manager to ensure that leadership is available to all areas of the laboratory on a day to day and longer term basis.

The post holder will provide leadership, strategy and day to day support to the Deputy Lead Biomedical Scientist at ORC, as well as the Advanced BMS team and the BMS and support teams. Managerial support will be provided to the Lead BMS by the Histopathology Laboratory Manager.

They will provide scientific services to patients and clients as an aid to clinical diagnosis. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.

They will provide highly complex and specialist advice to the staff in the histopathology department, other healthcare professionals and senior managers. The post holder will line manage the BMS staff and lead on staff recruitment, workload planning, career developments and quality performance of the services in accordance with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Health Safety Executive (HSE) and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Degree in Biomedical Science Related Subject acceptable to the HCPC
  • HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist in a relevant pathology discipline
  • Relevant qualification to FIBMS, Masters level degree in relevant field or HCS Apprenticeship level 7 or IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or demonstrable equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Recognised Management / Leadership qualification or attendance at short courses on relevant management issues


  • Training for Trainers Qualification
  • Training in quality management

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of managing a departmental section/ team at a senior level
  • Proven leadership, supervisory and management experience.
  • Experience of supervising and training junior medical staff
  • A wide knowledge of current methodology and developments in Pathology
  • A through understanding of ISO accreditation
  • A thorough understanding of Health & Safety legislation.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working within a Quality Management System
  • Experience of managing a laboratory through a formal accreditation process (e.g UKAS ISO)
  • Proven experience of contribution to Clinical governance processes
  • Evidence of strategic planning
  • Evidence of accuracy and attention to detail



  • Able to communicate effectively with colleagues and patients
  • Able to build and maintain working relationships with others
  • Able to offer encouragement and support to others to foster both personal and professional development
  • Able to plan and organise work effectively to achieve agreed objectives.
  • Good negotiating and leadership skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Competent user of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


  • Evidence of collaborative working

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Oxford Road Campus

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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