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Biomedical Scientist Immunology Team Manager *Internal*

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details


The Virology, Immunology and Microbiology departments that make up Infection Sciences is looking to further develop our test repertoire using the platforms that are available. We have a small, enthusiastic and friendly team with a good reputation who are a key part of acute service provision within North Cumbria. This busy department services internal and external customers and requires individuals to often work under pressure with accuracy.

Applications are invited from HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientists for the above post. A strong background in Immunology is essential, alongside the ability to communicate effectively with the pathology team and senior staff within the wider hospital. Support is available to further develop your management skills.

There will be a commitment to weekend working on a rota basis.

Main duties of the job

Manage the day-to-day operation, quality, efficiency and scientific provision of the Immunology service, coordinating and monitoring the work of rotating staff.

Work alongside the Virology team manager to coordinate the delivery of the Virology/Immunology service and deputise for the operational manager in their absence.

The diagnostic workload is approximately 140,000 virology/immunology tests per year. We use a wide range of automated serological testing across both disciplines including: Cobas e601, Dynex DS2 platforms, Diasorin Liaison, Phadia 250, Sebia Capillarys and Hydrasys 2 and The Binding Site Optilite. The molecular platforms on site include Cobas 6800, Seegene STARlet, Altona AltoSTAR, ABI Prism 7500 and Cepheid. We are a referral centre for Aspergillus, Farmers Lung and Avian precipitin work.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • BSc in biomedical science or equivalent.
  • HCPC registration.
  • MSc in healthcare science or equivalent.


  • Foundation management certificate or equivalent
  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent.



  • Staff supervision within an NHS laboratory.
  • Extensive relevant technical / clinical techniques and methodologies.
  • Quality, finance, staffing and risk assessment policies and procedures.


  • Audit experience



  • Continuing professional development with portfolio.
  • Specialist knowledge in area of practice.
  • EQA and IQA procedures.
  • Complex analytical systems.
  • Stock management systems.
  • Equality legislation and best practice.


  • Equality impact assessment.
  • Quality management.
  • CPA standards.
  • Trust and department H& S procedures.



  • Technical competence with ability to supervise staff in any section of the department.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Technical ability to carry out advanced troubleshooting on complex analytical systems.
  • Good team worker with ability to motivate and influence a team, fostering good professional practice.
  • Ability to use in-house IT systems and competence with word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
  • Good hand-eye coordination.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to instigate procedures for corrective action.
  • Ability to formulate, perform and evaluate training.
  • Ability to organise rotas and work plans.
  • Ability to deputise for the operational manager.
  • Ability to review anomalous / unexpected findings and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to manage people.


  • Ability to perform complex statistical analysis of data and interpretation.

Personal Circumstances


  • Commitment to CPD.

Other requirements


  • Flexible approach to working patterns.
  • Able to travel independently between hospital sites.


  • Driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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