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Specialist Healthcare Scientist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inc
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Type: Permanent

Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Pay Scheme: Agenda for change

Pay Band: 6

Staff Group: Healthcare Scientists [Clinical/Biomedical Scientists]

Specialty/Function: Immunophenotyping (SIHMDS)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, highly motivated and enthusiastic Healthcare Scientist at a Band 6 level to join one of the largest NHS Pathology Partnerships and NHS Trusts in the UK, specialising in the diagnostics of leukaemia and lymphoma, as well as other associated haematological malignancies. The post holder will have good interpersonal skills and will become a committed team member.

Main duties of the job

This post is within the expanding Immunophenotyping Department, which plays an integral role within the Regional Specialist Integrated Haematological Malignancy Diagnostics Service (SIHMDS) for the NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnerships (NHS ESELPP). Our SIHMDS services a population of > 3.5 million people in N London and Essex. This is an exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking and innovative service, a laboratory that leads research and is involved in national and international collaborations to help determine the future of flow cytometry. The Immunophenotyping department sits within the SIHMDS forming a key area of the NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership, one of the largest in the UK. We have excellent collaborative relationships with industry and often beta test the latest equipment.

The service is a progressive and dynamic laboratory providing state of the art diagnostics and disease monitoring services based on advanced flow cytometry and morphology for patients with suspected leukaemia, lymphoma and related haematological disorders.

The department provides state of the art diagnostics using next generation flow cytometry, in which the cutting-edge equipment, combined with a managed equipment service contract will also lend to an enhanced method of working, as well as offering research and development opportunities.

About us

The NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership is an arms-length organisation providing pathology services to Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. The Pathology Partnership is hosted by Barts Health.

The Pathology Partnership is based on well-established models for pathology networks, with the Royal London Hospital becoming the main hub laboratory for the network and Essential Service Laboratories (ESL) as a minimum at all other Hospital sites.

The 2020/21 total operating costs across the Partnership were c. �126m per annum with a workforce establishment of circa. 822 WTE. We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a suitably qualified individual with a good understanding of immunophenotyping flow cytometry for leukaemia diagnostics, who is a good team player and is confident to work in a large, comprehensive fast paced Immunophenotyping service within the largest teaching hospital Trust in London with a busy tertiary Cancer Services and stem cell transplantation unit.

All our highly dedicated scientists and support workers are supported by consultant colleagues, and these productive working relationships ensure that all staff are ever mindful of our impact on the patient pathway, as well as forge strong links between laboratory and clinical specialities.

The department is UKAS accredited to ISO15189:2012, and the NHS ESELPP currently undergoing transition to ISO15189:2022, as well as full HCPC/IBMS and AHCS training status. All our services are clinically led and underpinned by robust governance structures. Our commitment to quality management and continual quality improvement is fundamental to our success as a Department. The Department is working towards operating a consultant led on-call / call-in service.

We are supported by an active teaching-hospital environment, with a comprehensive range of IBMS accredited CPD activities and we actively encourage attendance at user groups and professional meetings, with a generous training budget to support attendance. The department is located in a purpose built Pathology and Pharmacy Building at the Royal London Site.

Candidates should have strong communication, interpersonal, organisational skills, HCPC registration and have completed a Specialist Portfolio or equivalent in Haematology (or equivalent), with an interest in leukaemia diagnostics.

We are looking for an individual with a positive attitude to working in a flexible manner and who will be committed to support the clinical services of the Trust and meet the needs of our patients.

Person Specification



  • BSc. Biomedical Science
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Evidence of participation in mandatory courses and CPD


  • Holder of IBMS Specialist Diploma Portfolio in Haematology OR Immunology with immunophenotyping (for band 6 position).
  • MSc (or equivalent experience)



  • Post HCPC registration diagnostic experience in Haematology or Immunophenotyping / Immunology
  • Experience with a computerised laboratory information system


  • Post registration diagnostic experience in immunophenotyping in haematooncology
  • Experience of Change Management



  • H& S legislation and procedures
  • Quality management system
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance including UKAS/ISO standards


  • Specialist knowledge in Immunophenotyping
  • Knowledge of current requirements for training and career progression
  • Knowledge of management techniques



  • Competent in routine laboratory techniques and troubleshooting
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and present routine data/results/concepts
  • Working knowledge of a word processing & spreadsheet packages
  • Able to communicate effectively (written and verbal)
  • Able to effectively communicate scientific principles to junior staff



  • Reliable, responsible, organised person.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Respects confidentiality


  • Desire to learn and develop own skills and car2eer with immunophenotyping.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


The Royal London Hospital

Immunophenotyping, Pathology and Pharmacy Bulding


E1 2ES

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