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Biomedical Scientist

Northampton General Hospital
Depending on experience
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, forward thinking, Biomedical Scientist to join the Department of Microbiology.

HCPC registration is an essential requirement.

Our modern and well-equipped department processes approximately 500,000 specimens per annum providing a comprehensive clinical microbiology service. The department performs tests on several different platforms, such as BACTEC FX, Enteric-Bio, Phoenix M50 & Phoenix AP, Autoplak, BD MGIT, Bruker Sirius MALDI-TOF, COBAS U701, Uri-MAST, COBAS 6800, COBAS 8000, VERIGENE Nanosphere, HOLOGIC Panther, and VirClia Lotus.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate would have a wide experience of all aspects of general medical microbiology diagnostic testing and have excellent interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and the desire to provide a service of the highest quality.

The candidate will have had previous experience working in a clinical laboratory and will be expected to work towards and complete the IBMS Microbiology Specialist Portfolio, be a team player.

You will be expected to work in all aspects of general microbiology diagnostic testing including microscopy, plate reading, antibiotic susceptibility testing, CL3 work, molecular microbiology, mycology, and serology.

The successful applicant will support teaching and development of all staff groups in the department, as well as participate in all aspects of quality management to assist UKAS accreditation.

You will be expected to be an integral part of the team to ensure the provision of a high-quality professional service.

You will also assist with delivery of training, competency assessments, participate in audits and assist in the supervision of more junior staff.

You will be expected to work flexibly providing a service, including weekends and public holidays on a rotational basis and participate in the out of hour's on-call service, as required. The post is full time working 8am to 8pm (37.5 hours) over a 7-day week.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be a part of a team of Biomedical Scientists and Biomedical support workers delivering a high-quality Pathology service based on the effective use of the Quality Management System.

The post holder will undertake laboratory investigations as appropriate to their banding and competencies.

The post holder will act as a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist (BMS) with Microbiology knowledge, skills and demonstrated scientific and diagnostic competence throughout all sections of the Department.

The post holder will participate in all quality activities and be expected to attend departmental meetings on a regular basis.

The post holder will be required to train/teach staff of all grades within the scope of their competencies.

The post holder will be required to undertake their responsibilities to comply with national UKAS standards.

The post holder will be required to carry out complex trouble shooting of equipment and results.

The post holder will be required to investigate QA issues to successful resolution through the non-conformance process.

The work includes weekend, bank holiday, evening and on-call duties, which requires a flexible approach to the hours of employment.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Approved degree
  • HCPC registered


  • Specialist portfolio

Knowledge & Experience


  • Previous experience in Microbiology laboratory
  • Experience of using equipment in an NHS laboratory
  • Understands quality indices


  • Experience of using current platforms
  • Experience of co-ordinating day to day laboratory activities.



  • Oral & written skills
  • IT Skills
  • Prioritisng workload


  • Experience of using current platforms

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Road



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