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B8b Head Biomedical Scientist - Chemistry Immunology Toxicology

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
22 May 2024

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

Job Details

Due to retirement University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is seeking to recruit a Head Biomedical scientist to lead and develop our Chemistry, Immunology & Toxicology services across our Trust.

This is an exciting career defining opportunity to join one of the largest NHS Trusts with state-of-the-art facilities employing over 20,000 colleagues across 4 sites.

With a workforce of around 150 staff helping to provide Chemistry, Immunology, Toxicology services, you would be part of a UKAS accredited service, helping to process over 50 million tests across our 4 sites each year.

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.

Main duties of the job

You as the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and harmonise the service. The department consists of Automated Biochemistry, Specialist Biochemistry, Immunology and Toxicology. Currently there is a 24/7 service across three of the sites with plans for an extended service at the fourth site. The department processes over 8000 requests per day across the sites with requests originating from the Trust, GPs across Birmingham and external NHS and non NHS organisations both in the UK and beyond.

You will be supported to drive continuous quality, capacity and performance improvements and to work closely with the Senior Management Team to develop a strategy to manage the competing demands and projects being undertaken.

There is a continual programme of modernisation and analyser replacement and the Head BMS will lead on these with the CSL, Senior Management Team, IT and Procurement Department. The Department is part of the BSOL Network and collaboration with colleagues at which includes the BWCH Trust

We welcome applications from experienced biomedical scientists with a background in Chemistry, Immunology, Toxicology or a related discipline

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



  • * HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist (Health Care Professionals Council)
  • * MSc degree or equivalent
  • * Fellow of Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS)
  • * Higher Specialist Diploma or Equivalent
  • * Evidence of continuing professional development
  • * Advanced specialist knowledge of discipline
  • * Excellent knowledge of current Employment Law, Health and Safety Legislation and requirements.
  • * Knowledge of NHS IT systems and their impact on laboratory medicine and clinical requirements.
  • * Knowledge of the UKAS and HCPC accreditation requirements and the ability to meet these.
  • * Knowledge of NHS HE, finance, corporate and clinical governance and purchasing systems.
  • * Evidence of formal NHS training commensurate with a senior NHS manager for example, interview skills, discipline management, financial management etc.



  • Extensive experience in a senior managerial role e.g. managing a department or a major section of a department, including HR, operational, finance, quality, and decision making experience.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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