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Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist/BMS 1 (Cellular Pathology)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is suited to a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist who has demonstrable experience working in a cellular pathology laboratory environment who has completed appropriate post-registration specialty training (e.g. IBMS Specialist Portfolio). Due to the high level of autonomy, broad remit and independent working associated with this post trainee scientists will not be shortlisted.

The post is based in the Centre for Liver and Gastrointestinal Research based in the Institute for Biomedical Research within the University of Birmingham which is co-located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham site.

The departmental remit is to support research and development in the clinical Liver Unit and is primarily involved in experimental research, clinical trials and the evaluation of new tests and is dedicated to improving the life of patients with liver disease.

The team comprises both University and NHS staff with this role providing infrastructure and expertise in both routine histological procedures as well as broader laboratory investigations. This partnership allows CLGR to take discoveries in liver disease from the laboratory into novel treatments for patient management.

As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist the post holder will be directly involved with all aspects of laboratory activity and will be encouraged to undertake personal research projects under the supervision of the principal investigators.

Due to the unique nature of this role visits/enquiries are encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The post requires undertaking a wide range of established laboratory techniques (e.g. basic tissue sampling processing embedding and orientation cryotomy microtomy staining (routine, special staining, immunohistochemistry) cell isolation cell culture immunological assays flow cytometry) and novel laboratory techniques in support of all technical and research activities within the department. They will also be encouraged to actively participate in R& D projects.

The department handles predominantly human samples and fluids but may also occasionally include samples from animal models.

The post holder will be expected to be involved with validation and verification of new techniques and troubleshooting / problem resolution. The role involves daily interaction with clinicians, scientists and technicians. Good communication skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a larger group are essential. The post holder must work efficiently and reprioritise workload to meet deadlines.

The post holder will be required to undertake their responsibilities within any area in the department and will be expected to undertake any training required and to maintain competency including and a specialist level understanding of all the processes they participate in.

All professionally registered staff are expected to maintain evidence of CPD which should be up to date and relevant to the post. Specialist training and development would be encouraged and considered where appropriate.

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



  • *B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biomedical Science or equivalent academic achievement that is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
  • *Professional registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • *Post registration specialist competency portfolio or equivalent.
  • *Demonstrable evidence of training and competency in a variety of laboratory techniques.
  • *Evidence of Continuing Professional Development and proficiency in accordance with HCPC guidelines and IBMS Codes of Conduct.


  • *IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Cellular Pathology.
  • *NIHR Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certification.



  • *A current, comprehensive and working knowledge of biomedical science theory and practice as applied in a cellular pathology setting.
  • *Experience or working in clinical or research laboratories commensurate with a Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist.
  • *Experience of laboratory techniques and automation.
  • *Experience of quality control procedures and assurance practices.
  • *A current, comprehensive and working knowledge of laboratory health and safety.
  • *Awareness of, and conformance with, HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Biomedical Scientists.
  • *Awareness of, and conformance with, IBMS Good Professional Practice and Conduct in Biomedical Science.
  • *Experience of dealing with a variety of parties including clinical, technical and support staff, suppliers, service engineers, service users and the general public.


  • *Experience of working in a large, complex healthcare environment.
  • *Awareness of basic tissue dissection and sampling techniques.
  • *Awareness of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • *Awareness of the legislation and regulations related to the use of human tissue in research and clinical trials.
  • *Awareness of accreditation bodies and their associated standards e.g. UKAS ISO 15189:2022.
  • *Awareness of clinical research and development.
  • *Awareness of liver disease.

Additional Criteria


  • *Numerate and able to undertake scientific calculations with and without the use of aides.
  • *Significant manual dexterity to undertake a wide range of manual, automated and specialised techniques.
  • *IT competent with particular experience using MS Office applications.
  • *Analytical skills.
  • *Ability to interpret and abstract complex information.
  • *Ability to prioritise and organise workload.
  • *Excellent communication skills.
  • *Honesty.
  • *Reliability.
  • *Flexibility, resilience and adaptability.
  • *Attention to detail.
  • *Self-motivated.
  • *Ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • *Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • *Ability to participate in all out of hours periods as required by the department


  • *Effective time management.
  • *Good interpersonal skills.
  • *Positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • *Punctual.
  • *Approachable.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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