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Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Microbiology

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Band: 6 (�35392 - �42618)

Hours: 37.5 - Permanent

As a State Registered Biomedical Scientist, the post holder will be a member of the departmental team and assist in the delivery of a quality driven, cost effective, patient focused service consistent with the 'Trust' objectives. They will provide a service in a manner that commensurate with the profession.

The post holders' main role is to carry out the examination of pathological samples using various technologies and to report or present the results as appropriate (this will include bacteriology, virology and molecular sections of the laboratory).

In undertaking this role, all employees will be expected to behave at all times in a way that is consistent with and actively supports the principles listed. These are:
  • The post holder will be required to work on sites as appropriate for the delivery of the service and may be asked to work across sites within the trust. The post holder will be required to support a 24/7 service including on-call (out of hours) provision as required.

Applicants must be HCPC registered and have a IBMS Specialist Portfolio.

Main duties of the job

With a professional approach whilst working within the parameters of Trust Policies and departmental Standard Operating Procedures undertake the following key job responsibilities under the direction of the Team Leaders:

Service Delivery & Development
  • To participate in the routine work of the laboratory in accordance with laboratory procedure in an efficient, cost effective and safe manner.
  • To help maintain the accreditation requirements of UKAS as appropriate

The list of duties as described by the General Manager of Department will include:
  • Infection Control
  • Health and Safety
  • Governance
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Stock Control
  • Information and IT
  • Planning
  • supervisory
  • Perform other technical duties as required within post-holder's training and competence.

Working Conditions
  • The post holder will work generally in a laboratory environment and may be required to sit or stand at the bench for prolonged periods. It is expected that the role will involve light to moderate physical effort.
  • The post holder will be exposed to potentially infectious pathological samples on a daily basis with occasional exposure to other risks e.g. chemical encountered in the laboratory.
  • The laboratory provides a 24/7 day diagnostic service throughout the year. The hours of working are to be confirmed at interview

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants must be HCPC registered, hold an IBMS Specialist Portfolio and ideally have extensive post registration experience in a UK routine diagnostic microbiology laboratory.

The laboratory is UKAS accredited. Teaching, training, audit, research and development are actively encouraged and pursued within the department. The laboratory is approved by the IBMS and fully supports continuing professional development. Additional qualities that the department seek are a strong understanding of UKAS and quality within a clinical laboratory, a drive and determination to improve laboratory processes, a strong team ethic as well as good performance as an individual BMS.

Other Duties:
  • Carry out all laboratory analyses associated with the post, including reporting results, maintaining appropriate records and documentation.
  • Undertake specialised analytical work in designated areas of the department.
  • Participate in the departments rosters as required.
  • Take delegated responsibility for the quality control, operation, routine maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment and report any out of consensus results for investigation
  • Take delegated responsibility to maintain sufficient stocks of reagents, supplies etc. for the day-to-day operation of the laboratory. Maintain stock control records and be responsible for the over sight of ordering more stock where a system has been set up for this. Liaise with Microbiology and Pathology stores staff to ensure deliveries are correct and received on time.
  • Take delegated responsibility for the supervision, training and coaching of staff.
  • To undertake rotation within the R/D department if required.
  • Assist with and, where appropriate, take responsibility for the development of new methods and the implementation of new technology.
  • Take delegated responsibility for the production, maintenance and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • The post holder will be expected to gain competence in techniques to allow participation in the delivery of the departments service outside core hours. This entails contracted participation in the out of hours rotas (On call)
  • Participate in clinical audit and clinical governance.

Please see attached JD for more information.

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • State registered BMS (HCPC registration)


  • knowledge of instrumentation, method development and new technologies



  • At least 12 months UKAS accredited (ISO 15189) hospital laboratory experience covering duties explained in J.D.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to organise their own work effectively


  • At least 24 months post registration hospital laboratory experience covering duties explained in J.D. in a ISO 15189 UKAS accredited laboratory.
  • Training junior staff.
  • Experience of Microbiology as single specialist discipline.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge and awareness of Health and safety, quality management systems and service improvement.



  • Completed the IBMS Specialist Portfolio in medical microbiology

specific to the role


  • Has/Able to work shift to cover 24/7 working patterns.

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Able to make judgements regarding a range of facts or situations that require analysis. E.g. selection of appropriate samples, tests or techniques


  • Experience of troubleshooting appropriate laboratory instrumentation

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary



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