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Apprentice Medical Laboratory Assistant

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£12,514.32 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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This Apprentice Medical Laboratory Assistant at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and become part of Pathology Services.

This apprenticeship is suitable for anyone with a desire to learn and develop skills with a view to beginning a career in Pathology and gain a Laboratory Technician Level 3 Advanced apprenticeship.

Throughout the apprenticeship journey you will:

- be supported in the workplace by a mentor

-have a minimum of 6 hours per week 'off-the-job training' to develop your learning

-be in regular contact with the Training Provider and the Apprenticeships and Careers Team

-have access to a virtual learning platform

- attend workshops (face to face / virtual) where you will have the opportunity to discuss and share

Main duties of the job

To provide support to the Biomedical Scientist staff in the day-to-day provision of the Histology service.

The apprenticeship is suitable for an applicant over 18 years (age restricted due to the working environment).

The successful applicant will receive Induction and training appropriate to the activities he or she will undertake, and following this induction period will be enrolled to the Advanced (Level 3) Laboratory Technician Standard Apprenticeship.

The Apprentice will be expected to complete the elements of the apprenticeship within the 18 months' timeframe. The apprenticeship includes

- Competency Evaluation Log

- Behaviours Log

- Functional Skills (Level 2): Maths and English if required

- Health and Safety and Employee rights and responsibilities

- End Point Assessment

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Our Trust values each and every one of our apprentices and offers continued support and guidance. Many apprentices have successfully completed and remained with our Trust in a variety of areas.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To attend all mandatory components of the Apprenticeship Framework including:

- Corporate induction

- GHNHSFT mandatory training

- Department based vocational assessments

- Progress review meetings

Key Result Areas

- Receive specimens into department and input data into the laboratory computer system

- Prepare specimens for cut-up

- Assist at specimen cut-up

- Routine slide preparation

- Specimen, slide and block storage and retrieval

- Specimen disposal

- Basic maintenance of equipment

- Maintain appropriate levels of consumables, including preparation of solutions

- Work within established standard operating procedures

- Follow the regulations and codes of practice governing aspects of Health and Safety relevant to the laboratory

- Undertake appropriate training, and participate in updates

- Be aware of Trust Policies and Procedures and abide by them at all times

- Participate in formal individual performance reviews, in line with Trust policy

- Report any accidents/incidents immediately, in line with Trust Procedure

Undertake any other appropriate duties commensurate with the role, as required at the request of your line manager.

Please see the full job description and person specification by accessing the documents under the Supporting Documents heading.

Person Specification



  • Educated to GCSE Grade C/4 in English and Maths, or equivalent (e.g., Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy)
  • A levels in Science based subjects or equivalent Level 3 qualification



  • Previous Laboratory Experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good communication skills both, written and verbal
  • Proficient at the use of Microsoft Office and good keyboard skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work under instruction
  • Able to contribute as a team member

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Cheltenham General Hospital

Sandford Road


GL53 7AN

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