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Advanced Biomedical Scientist- Section Leader

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Department of Microbiology and Virology is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Advanced Biomedical Scientist to join our dynamic team.

The successful applicant will operate within an effective management team to assist with the continuity of the laboratory in order to deliver an efficient and timely Microbiology and Virology Service to the Trust, community and wider region.

The successful applicant will implement a high quality, efficient and effective training programme, monitoring training processes using key performance indicators to ensure a high quality service is maintained that meets UKAS accreditation standards.
  • Interview date: 3rd June 2024
  • 37 hours 30 minutes /week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be required to perform appropriate laboratory diagnostic tests using their knowledge, judgement and technical expertise. They will have experience of microbiology and/or virology at both a technical and theoretical level and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities.

The main training officer duties:
  • Manage the department training programme for the development of all staff and co-ordinate regular review of progress.
  • Organise and implement university placements within the department and lead associated development reviews.
  • Review, assess and organise staff completion of the IBMS Competency and Specialist Portfolios.
  • Attend training meetings at directorate and regional level.
  • Practical and theoretical training and supervision of BMS and HCSP staff, Students, Junior Doctors and other visitors.

The role requires the individual to work closely with departmental colleagues, consultant microbiologists and other service users.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, we have around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The department of Microbiology and Virology is made up of several specialist. The post holder will contribute to the provision of an effective clinical diagnostic testing and advice service to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, General Practitioners and other legitimate users of the service.
  • This will involve assisting an Operational Site Manager with operational continuity by supervising, organising, and directing Biomedical Scientists and Healthcare Science Practitioners (HCSPs), maintaining work standards and performance levels day to day in assigned sections of the department as part of a team.
  • The post holder will be primarily responsible for training and development of the Microbiology and Virology technical team.
  • Participating in practical work and imparting specialist knowledge in clinical technical situations is also required. Responsibilities:
  • To design, produce and implement a department training programme for Biomedical Scientist, Healthcare Science Associate and Healthcare Science Assistant
  • To verify individual IBMS portfolios prior to submission for assessment
  • To participate in Trust careers conventions and visit schools to promote Biomedical Science as a STEM ambassador.
  • To organise and participate in relevant science events such as Biomedical Science and Healthcare Science Week
  • To be a member of local and regional Training and Education Groups
  • To organise and participate in interviews for trainee Biomedical Science placement students from local universities,
  • To directly supervise the Healthcare Science support team.
  • To ensure appropriate diagnostic tests are performed, and results validated using judgement and expertise.
  • To interpret laboratory results and apply these to ensure individual patient needs are met.
  • To participate in the section Quality Assurance programmes, investigate situations and instigate remedial action and report such events to the Operational Manager.
  • There may be a requirement for Advanced BMS grades to rotate through different sections.
  • To work in compliance with local health and safety rules to ensure a safe working environment. To adhere to department and Trust Health and Safety policies (including COSHH, Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures) and to report any non-compliances to the Department Health and Safety Officer.
  • To ensure adequate supplies of consumables and that equipment is in good working order.
  • Supervision of Biomedical Scientists and Healthcare Science practitioners, Students, Junior Doctors and other visitors.
  • To ensure effective communication within the department and liaise with external colleagues such as Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention and Control, Patient Services Coordinators and UK Health Security Agency.
  • The Advanced Biomedical Science will participate in out of hours rotas. They will be asked to provide cover for Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday duties in the department as required.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification



  • Accredited BSc Biomedical Science Degree or Equivalent Qualification
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • MSc, FIBMS or equivalent qualification.
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Specialist Portfolio, IBMS Diploma of Specialist Practice, Councils for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) Logbook or equivalent qualification


  • Post graduate training and education qualification

Skills and Abilities


  • Comprehensive leadership skills
  • Able to act independently and use initiative.
  • Able to delegate and share knowledge.
  • Able to effectively communicate complex issues both verbally and written.


  • Mentorship and coaching skills

Knowledge and Experience


  • Previous experience and knowledge in Microbiology or Virology gained as a Biomedical Scientist
  • Experience in Microbiology/Virology Quality Management (Audit, EQA & IQC)
  • Familiar with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Previous practical experience of working in an NHS Clinical Microbiology Laboratory


  • Experience in undertaking staff appraisals
  • Experience of training and competency assessment
  • IBMS verifier or examiner
  • Working knowledge of the requirements for UKAS accreditation

Core Behaviours


  • Promote and partake in Continuous Professional Development.
  • Positive attitude to the implementation of new technology in Microbiology and Virology Services
  • Participative approach to change management and problem solving.
  • Alignment to Trust Values and Core Behaviours


  • Supports the management of the department in change initiatives.

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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