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Healthcare Science Practitioner Specialist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA or PA pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The Wessex Genomics Laboratory Service (WGLS) has a number of new opportunities to join our cancer genomics team. For this role we are looking to appoint an ambitious individual to a permanent post as a Specialist Healthcare Science Practitioner working in a specialist area of our laboratory. We are recruiting across a number of roles and we encourage candidates to apply to multiple roles as desired.

The WGLS is a new integrated genomics testing service formed from the amalgamation of Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory (Salisbury) and UHS Molecular Pathology which is based at University Hospital Southampton. The combined WGLS is part of the Central and South Genomic Laboratory Hub. Employment will be with University Hospital Southampton and based at WGLS Salisbury, based within Salisbury District Hospital.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting. For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Specific to this role we are open to discussing flexibility in the hours that you work. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need, and we will explore what's possible for the role and service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

You will join our laboratory team who are committed to patient-centred service provision through accurate and timely sample processing, data analysis, interpretation and reporting of genomic information. Attention to detail is essential to ensure that patient results are delivered in a safe and efficient way in order to direct patient management and therapeutic decisions.

What youll do You will be responsible for sample processing and testing under the supervision of registered Clinical Scientists You will supervise an area of the laboratory, and be responsible for its day to day running You will be involved in the development and validation of new assays You will assist with the analysis of genomic data under the guidance of registered Clinical Scientists You will contribute to service development and staff training and education within the section You will be involved in the monitoring of different sample workflows You will liaise with other healthcare professionals to develop and maximise the effectiveness of the service including compliance with quality management requirements

What were looking for an individual with a recognised degree in a related biological science an individual with experience in a diagnostic laboratory preferably in genomic diagnostics including experience in cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction and various cytogenetic/molecular techniques an individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills, meticulous attention to detail and able to remain focused for long periods of time an individual who is able to carefully follow and develop standard operating procedures an individual able to show evidence of continuing professional development an individual able to demonstrate an understanding of quality control / quality assurance procedures and UKAS requirements an individual with knowledge of genetics/genomics (in particular molecular genetics techniques) is highly desirable

Person Specification

Qualifications / Training


  • BSc in a relevant discipline
  • Postgraduate diploma or extensive relevant laboratory experience demonstrating equivalent level of knowledge
  • Participation in continuing professional development


  • Membership of a relevant professional body

Previous or relevant experience


  • Previous extensive experience working within a diagnostic medical lab
  • Significant experience in performing genomic techniques
  • Proven experience of troubleshooting technical procedures and/or complex laboratory equipment
  • Proven ability to work autonomously


  • Experience of managing teams
  • Previous experience in an NHS environment

Aptitudes and skills


  • Able to organise own workload and that of others
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time at technically demanding procedures
  • Ability to critically analyse and interpret scientific data
  • Ability to compile clear and concise laboratory reports including those of a complex nature

Special requirements


  • Able to handle a range of biological samples

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Salisbury District Hospital

Odstock Road



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