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Specialist Biomedical Scientist Expert Practitioner in Dissection

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Calderdale Royal Hospital is keen to recruit a Specialist Biomedical Scientist with expert skills and knowledge in Histological Dissection or to develop the skills required for this role.

The Cellular Pathology laboratory prepares samples for histology, non-gynae cytology, and andrology. We also have a mortuary facility at Calderdale and Huddersfield.

The successful applicant will hold the IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Cellular Pathology or MSc in Cellular Pathology and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Histological Dissection and must be flexible to work early and weekend shifts.

The work involves rotating and maintaining competence in all areas of Cellular Pathology and if required to complete the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Histological Dissection within a 3-year timescale.

There will be a requirement to cross site to Huddersfield.

For an informal visit or further information, please contact laboratory manager Michelle McNamara 01422 224389 or Yen Lee , Advanced Practitioner/Senior Biomedical Scientist.

Main duties of the job

To act in a scientific role and to carry out all routine investigations within the department, following such training as may be necessary, ensuring the quality of the service. To assist in the provision of the cellular pathology and mortuary service for the trusts hospitals and CCGs by providing specialist knowledge and technical skills to process, analyse, understand and interpret results of diagnostic tests.Under supervision, examine, prepare for dissection, and dissect a range of specimens commensurate with the appointees training and experience along guidelines set by the consultant histopathologists. Rotate on a regular basis through the different sections of the department to include histology, andrology, non-gynae cytology and mortuary. To train junior members of staff, be involved with service development through laboratory and clinical audit. Continuous professional development will be essential for this post and further study will be encouraged. To take part in the extended working rota of the department.

About us

We employ more than 6,500 staffwho deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals,Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as well as in community sites, healthcentres and in patients' homes. We also are incredibly proud to have almost 150 volunteers here at CHFT.

We provide a range of services including urgent and emergency care medical surgical maternity gynaecology critical care children's and young people's services end of life care and outpatient and diagnostic imaging services.

We provide community health services, including sexual health services in Calderdale from Calderdale Royal and local health centres. These include Todmorden Health Centre and Broad Street Plaza.

We continue to modernise and invest in our health services to build on our strong reputation.Foundation trusts are public leaders in improving quality in health services. They are part of the NHS- yet decisions about what they do and how they do it are driven by independent boards. Boardslisten to their Council of Governors and respond to the needs of their members - patients, staff andthe local community.

Foundation trusts provide what the health service wants, yet are also free to invest quickly in thechanges to the local community needs, in striving to be the best, and in putting their patients first.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification for a detailed description of main tasks and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Degree in Biomedical Science
  • IBMS Specialist postgraduate portfolio in cellular pathology, MSc in cellular pathology or equivalence
  • A member of the IBMS
  • Knowledge of all areas of the cellular pathology department.


  • Post graduate qualifications related to cellular pathology



  • Significant recent post registration experience in cellular pathology
  • Supervision and training of MLA, associate practitioners, trainee BMS, and BMS staff
  • Experience of Category A specimen dissection
  • Experience of UKAS accreditation and HTA


  • Experience of Category B& C specimen dissection
  • Andrology experience
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Specialist cellular pathology training/ experience provided by reference laboratory/ external courses/ examination.



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale Royal Hospital




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