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Band 5 Biomedical Scientist - Cellular Pathology (Annexe 21)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a desire to progress. We are looking for a keen and driven university graduate who holds HCPC registration portfolio or has an ambition to complete the IBMS generic portfolio and qualify for registration with the HCPC.

The post holder will be based in Cellular Pathology Department at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and will be expected to work across sites. This is a full-time vacancy of 37.5 hours between Monday-Friday and weekend shifts by rotation.

It is essential you have a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science or equivalent. Applications from non-HCPC registered applicants are encouraged for a trainee BMS position if other qualification criteria are met annexe 21 will apply under Agenda for Change. You must be able to demonstrate an active knowledge of and experience in a routine Histology Laboratory. Successful candidates would need to sign a learning contract and be expected to complete the IBMS Generic portfolio.

Cellular Pathology houses several sub-specialities including histopathology, cytopathology, electron microscopy, a muscle biopsy service, a specialist musculoskeletal pathology service, Andrology service, as well as a postmortem suite, and mortuary. The laboratory receives and processes a wide range of tissue samples including approximately ninety thousand histological specimens and 7000 non-gynae cytology fluid-based samples per year.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work across the full range of services provided by the Histology Department, including dissection/loading, embedding, microtomy, Special stains, and IHC.

As a pre-specialist biomedical scientist, the post holder will be following standard operating procedures, and support the implementation of improved or best practice. All work will be in keeping with the laboratory quality management system. This will include the effective use of laboratory procedural and other records, maintenance of assets/analysers, and supporting with the resolution of corrective and preventative actions.

The Cellular Pathology Department is undergoing a busy period of development, with upgrades to IT systems, the introduction of Digital Pathology, and a desire to develop the workforce into a range of laboratory, line management, and advanced practice roles.

Additional questions to be answered in the Supporting Evidence of your application:

1. Quality is an important part of laboratory work. What involvement do you have in 'Quality' and the Quality management system.

2. Please describe an improvement that you have suggested and how you were involved with the implementation of the change?

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 Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and proficiency in accordance with HPC guidelines.


  • Working towards completion of post registration specialist competency portfolio.



  • Experience of working in clinical laboratories.
  • Experience of laboratory techniques and automation


  • Experience of dealing with suppliers, clinical and support staff, the public or customer care.

Additional Criteria


  • Numerate and able to undertake scientific calculations with and without the use of aide.
  • Perform in a team.
  • Manual dexterity to undertake automated, manual, and specialised techniques.
  • Good and accurate IT input and MS Office skills
  • Effective communication skills both written and oral.
  • Demonstrate logical thought processes and the ability to solve problems and plan remedial action.
  • Honesty
  • Reliability
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive attitude.
  • Expected to participate in all out of hours periods as required by service provision

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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