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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A vacancy has arisen for a Specialist Biomedical Scientist (AfC Band 6) to become part of the team in Haematology and Blood Transfusion University Hospitals Sussex Foundation NHS Trust based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Main duties of the job

Our busy Haematology and Blood Transfusion departments are staffed by a well-established, friendly and hard working team working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide a quality service to our users. The laboratory has full training status with the HCPC and IBMS. We currently work a 24/7 shift system with a local agreement in place.

The department offers support and encouragement of your CPD and the opportunity to attend approved external courses when available. The laboratory is modern and well equipped including Sysmex Haematology analysers, Stago Coagulation analysers, and Ortho Blood Grouping analysers in Transfusion. We also perform HPLC for Haemoglobinopathies and have an Immunohaematology section.Post Requirements ( also as per Job description/ Job Spec)Current HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist Will have suitable post registration experience within a UK Pathology service Haematology / Blood Transfusion laboratory and /or an MSc and/or an IBMS specialist portfolio.

A band 5 HCPC registered BMS may be considered at interview, with expectation to work at a band 5 level gaining Specialist Portfolio to then move into Band 6 Post.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourWellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex

Job description

Job responsibilities

The department provides a specialist Haematology and Blood Transfusion service to both acute and primary care, and to other trusts within the Sussex area. It holds accreditation with UKAS, and is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences as a training laboratory.

At UHS East, the laboratory is divided into sections: on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site: Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Coagulation and Immunohaematology and on the Princess Royal Hospital site Haematology, Blood transfusion and Coagulation. The post-holder will work all in areas and sites of the laboratory on a rotational basis, performing the work according to standard operating procedures, producing high quality scientific results..

The department provides a service covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Routine opening hours are between 08.30 17.30 and 09.00 13.00 Saturdays, dependent on site. Working hours are between 06:00-20:00 Monday to Fridays, as covered by Agenda for Change. Outside of these hours some routine cover is provided by overtime arrangements, at all other times an emergency on-call service operates. There will be a requirement to work night shifts. Local agreements are in place for payment to cover working patterns outside of the Agenda for Change hours. The post holder may participate in overtime and out of routine hours working arrangements, and as an autonomous practitioner in the emergency call service, after satisfying competency assessment.

As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist the post holder will undertake an extensive range of complex investigations to assist in the diagnosis of disease, and monitoring of treatment. This will involve rotation through Haematology, Coagulation, Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology. These investigations include manual, semi-automated and automated techniques on highly specialised analytical equipment.

Person Specification



  • BSc Biomedical Sciences or Degree accredited by IBMS as suitable for HCPC registration
  • Specialist portfolio and/or MSc



  • Current HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist



  • Already undertaking Band 6 Role
  • Substantial post registration experience / competency in required activities referably in UK
  • Experience of use of relevant instrumentation within the laboratory
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Able to work to appropriate standard of competency in all sections , and through rotation, maintain those skills
  • Sufficient Skill and knowledge to deputise for Band 7 staff in their absence to maintain workflow and manage staffing
  • Able to assist with training and management of Practitioner BMS staff
  • IT skills appropriate to the department

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital



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