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Band 8a Principal Clinical Scientist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a HCPC registered Principal Clinical Scientist to join our Biochemistry team at UHB which includes 3 Consultant Clinical Scientists, 1 Consultant Chemical Pathologist, 4 Principal Clinical Scientists (including this post), 11 Senior Clinical Scientists and 3 STP trainees. We have excellent links with the University of Birmingham and are involved in the provision of the programme for STPs.

The UHB Biochemistry department is strong clinically and analytically providing a wide range of services including specialist chromatography, mass spectrometry and radio immunoassay techniques. There are automation laboratories across four hospital sites (Heartlands, Good Hope, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospitals), with the automation laboratories at QE and Heartlands sites being large, state of the art laboratories fitted with Abbott pre-analytics, Abbott Alinity platforms and tracks.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to primarily work in our specialist testing laboratory on the Queen Elizabeth site however a degree of cross site working is to be expected. They will be required to liaise closely with the Operations Manager and Consultant Clinical Scientist for that section to provide high quality analyses over an extensive repertoire. You will be expected to play a significant part in developing, growing and optimising the service. The department has a national reputation for specialist endocrinology and TDM investigations using various techniques including mass spectrometry. Experience of chromatography, mass spectrometry, TMD and endocrinology is essential, experience of FT-IR is desirable. The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the clinical support activities of the department by participating in the duty biochemist rota.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Dr Alex Lawson (Consultant Clinical Scientist, Clinical Service Lead) on 0121 424 0870 or e-mail

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *1st class or 2:1 honors degree in biochemistry, chemistry or a closely related science
  • *State registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • *Evidence of continuing professional development and proficiency in accordance with HCPC guidelines
  • *FRCPath by examination (D) or FRCPath Part 1 (E)


  • *MSc in Clinical Biochemistry or equivalent
  • *PhD in a relevant area of science



  • *Substantial experience as a clinical scientist in a large laboratory covering an extensive range of tests
  • *Previous experience in audit, research and development, method/equipment appraisal and evaluation, management of a specialist or routine service
  • *Evidence of continuous professional development and discipline specific proficiency for maintenance of HCPC registration
  • *An advanced, specialist knowledge of clinical biochemistry and laboratory medicine
  • *An advanced knowledge of automation techniques
  • *Awareness of the political and cultural aspects of the NHS
  • *Awareness of clinical governance and risk management
  • *Awareness of laboratory health and safety
  • *Awareness and experience of laboratory accreditation standards


  • *Experience of managing staff and resources
  • *Previous experience of managing EQA in a large department
  • *An advanced knowledge of EQA

Additional Criteria


  • *Effective communication skills, both written and oral
  • *Numerate and able to undertake scientific calculations
  • *Ability to work in a team
  • *Manage workload effectively when the workload is unpredictable and there are competing demands (medical emergency)
  • *Good and accurate keyboard skills
  • *Effective logical thought processes and the ability to solve problems and plan remedial action
  • *Effective organisational, planning and time management skills
  • *Punctual and reliable
  • *A good team player
  • *Respectful of all grades of staff
  • *Ability to work Saturday mornings and bank holidays as part of a rota

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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