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Biomedical Scientist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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The Paediatric Histopathology Department at Cambridge University Hospital is looking for a qualified Biomedical Scientist to become part of the busy Paediatric Histopathology Team. This is a one year fixed term contract for 15 hours per week. The successful applicant must have completed their IBMS Registration Portfolio, and be registered with the HCPC.

The role will work in the histology laboratory and carry out a number of tasks including embedding, microtomy, frozen sections and assisting with specimen dissection sessions.

Main duties of the job

To practice as a Biomedical Scientist in Histopathology in the paediatric specialty.

Perform a wide range of routine healthcare science activities including specimen receipt, specimen preparation including assisting pathologists at cut-up, embedding and microtomy of surgical tissue, slide collation, specimen storage and maintenance of equipment

Maintain clinical and maintenance records in relation to activities carried out.

Demonstrate own duties to new or less experienced employees.

The work of the service brings staff into constant contact with human body fluids, tissues and hazardous chemicals.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 19th May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 4th June 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • IBMS Accredited Biomedical Science degree or equivalent (or working towards)
  • IBMS Certificate of Competence or working towards


  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist



  • Practical experience of working within Biomedical science laboratory


  • Practical experience of working in a Histopathology Department
  • Previous relevant experience of working in the NHS



  • Theoretical knowledge and practical experience of Biomedical procedures gained through BSc or equivalent


  • Knowledge of Histopathology procedures
  • Knowledge of Pathology IT systems
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems
  • Knowledge/performance of Risk Assessments



  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills - can work as part of a team or independently
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • High degree of manual dexterity to perform complex laboratory techniques
  • Ability to work from set instructions- Standard operating procedures


  • Time management skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Mentoring skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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