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Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Histopathology (Band 6)

North Bristol NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Cellular Pathology Department at Southmead Hospital provides a comprehensive service (Histopathology, Cytopathology and Immunohistochemistry) to the two acute Trusts in Bristol, local GPs and other centres in the south west. The work is varied, covering all specialisms with the exception of Neuropathology. The laboratories are well equipped including a tracking system and digital pathology integration, we are accredited by UKAS to ISO15189(2012) and approved by the IBMS for training.

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The Histopathology section is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, self motivated Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist. The department strives to provide a high quality service to our users and so we are looking for someone who can bring new ideas and energy to ensure we are constantly improving.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist you will participate in all aspects of the routine laboratory and then one other specialist area, either cut up including specimen dissection or special diagnostics which includes immunohistochemistry and special stains. The role you are offered may be dependent on previous experience or on the current needs of the department.

You will be expected to take a leading role in day to day activities, supporting the senior team to ensure an optimised workflow through the department, working with, and supporting BMS and MLA staff as required. You will positively contribute to the training of staff both at BMS and MLA levels.

In addition you will be required to work on a rotational basis at our satellite laboratory based in the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

About us

The Histopathology department has a strong team working environment, always looking to improve to enhance not only the service we provide our users but also the experiences we offer our team. Being a large department you will gain knowledge and experience across a wide range of activities and specimens.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a full time post (37.5 hours per week). The laboratory currently operates 7.00 am to 6.00 pm and applicants will need to be flexible to meet the needs of the service this may includeregular Saturdays.

Day to day you will be working alongside MLA and BMS colleagues to provide all elements of the service subject to your specialist responsibilities.

Please see the attached job description for more detail.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of competency at a specialist level in Histopathology - e.g. IBMS Specialist Diploma
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and on-going training in Cellular Pathology

Work Experience


  • Broad knowledge and competency commensurate with a minimum two years post-registration experience in Cellular Pathology
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation applicable to laboratories


  • Experience of working in an NHS laboratory

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills - both written and verbal
  • Able to assist in monitoring the training and well-being of junior members of the work area


  • Knowledge of Departmental IT system

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrate a desire for continual service improvement
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal development
  • Be an effective team worker

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Cellular Pathology, Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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