Skip to main content

This job has expired

Advanced Biomedical Scientist (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

View more

We are seeking an Advanced Biomedical Scientist to join our busy Cellular Pathology Department to cover maternity leave. The post holder will have primary responsibility for the smooth running of a section within the department, lead and co-ordinate the daily activities under their area of responsibility and actively participate in service improvement initiatives.

An innovative department, we were the first laboratory in the UK digitally scanning all surgical slides and the first to introduce automated tissue sectioners to the UK. We are a regional Cellular Pathology Genomics Centre and pilot site for the Cancer Vaccine Launch Pad. The department has appointed a Transformation Lead to support with development of the service and is also supported by a Pathology Technology & Innovation Lead.

Applicants should have extensive experience in Cellular pathology techniques and hold a relevant MSc, Higher Specialist Diploma or equivalent Level 7 qualification. Candidates with extensive equivalent experience may also be considered.

Main duties of the job

Undertake highly specialist clinical technical investigations for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. This will require the complex analysis, interpretation and comparison of clinical samples.

Co-ordinate, validate and authorize the daily technical activities of a section of the laboratory. Ensure the training of technical and scientific staff within area of specialist responsibility.

Lead where appropriate in quality activities such as accreditation, audit, EQA review, validation, change and risk management.

Communicate highly complex and / or sensitive information to colleagues and other healthcare staff.

Lead and be accountable for a section of the laboratory discipline and deputise for more senior staff where appropriate. As a senior staff member you will be required to assist in the general management of the department, for example in areas such as basic HR functions, appraisal, incident investigation etc. Any training required for this will be provided.

About us

The department provides Histopathology, Non Gynae Cytology, Andrology, Muscle, Nerve, Immunohistochemistry, Molecular, and Mortuary services for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and surrounding primary care centres.

We are a well equipped and innovative department being the first laboratory in the UK digitally scanning 100% of surgical slides, also introducing the UK's first automated tissue sectioners. We process circa 58,000 surgical cases, 2,000 autopsy cases and 6000 non-gynaecological cytology cases per annum. We are a continually improving department, striving for high quality staff and processes. As a training hospital we serve to expand the knowledge and skills of all staff. There are plenty of opportunities to become involved, and further development is encouraged. We have UKAS accreditation to ISO15189 standards. We endeavour to follow 'The Leeds Way' at all times putting the patient first at all times.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


In order to work effectively in the role you as the job holder must be able to demonstrate a number of attributes and abilities.

These will include:

Clinical/ Scientific /Technical (lab based roles)

Perform a wide range of complex clinical technical procedures. These will include the safe and effective use of highly complex laboratory equipment. Your level of knowledge and understanding of these procedures will be consistent with that to allow you to recognise system failures and errors. You will understand the need to report adverse events in the event of errors and failures.

Use of the LIMS to report, retrieve and manage technical information

To gain new knowledge through experience, formal study and participation in relevant training schemes

To be a leading member of a team providing a clinical technical service

To work independently when and as required by the service, for instance when working alone in the provision of the emergency on-call service.

To communicate, explain complex information and results to clinicians & other service users clearly and effectively whether orally, graphically or electronically

Oversight responsibility for co-ordinating effective workload management with prioritisation of samples received within specialist area

Responsible for the development and validation of in house quality control material & reagents

To validate the work of other sections when circumstances require

To work with precision and follow accurately the documented laboratory standard operating procedures

To operate highly complex laboratory equipment safely and efficiently

To input, manage, extract and interpret complex patient data using the laboratory computer system

To demonstrate relevant tasks to others as appropriate

To contribute actively towards the improvement of general service quality by participation in relevant discussions with other team members and leaders of other sections within the speciality

Attend MDT meetings as appropriate

Leadership and Management

Support the departments senior team and deputise in the absence of key staff to deliver service

To plan and implement changes to the clinical technical service offered by the section

To remain competent in established procedures and to develop new skills subject to the requirements of the service

Responsible for carrying out appraisal scheme for direct reports

Day to day management and responsibility for people governance procedures that are consistent with Trust HR policies for direct reports

To undertake tasks that contribute to the general management of the speciality

To take account of changes in service delivery by demonstrating a flexible approach to work

Effectively administers Trust people governance policies and procedures within area of specialist responsibility and undertakes the necessary training to ensure on-going competence delivery

Provides personalised support to promote the continuous development of staff as part of on-going line management responsibilities

Responsible for ensuring continuous individual and team development and a collaborative approach

Level 2 investigations

Roster approval level 1

Budgetary awareness for designated area and works with operational leads to maintain expenditure relating to area of specialist responsibility within agreed limits

Produces informative management reports and contributes to business cases which inform strategic decision making

Effective stock management

Quality / Training

Responsible for ensuring that quality management system and training documentation is up to date and fit for purpose at all times for area of specialist responsibility

Leads on the maintenance of a robust programme of training and competency assessment within the area of specialist responsibility, ensuring that procedures are only undertaken by staff with the requisite knowledge and skills at all times

Oversight of creation and authorisation of Standard Operating Procedures, risk assessments and training records within area of specialist responsibility

Have knowledge and understanding of current national legislation and guidelines relevant to the speciality

Ensures the maintenance of a safe working environment. This will include an awareness of the hazards associated with your work. In addition you will be aware of any suitable actions to take in the event of breaches in health and safety. Such hazards include fire, manual handling, breaches of security, controlled and uncontrolled exposure to chemical, biological and radioactive materials.

Ensuring that training and competency assessment take place at appropriate intervals and across all personnel, both on a scheduled and ad-hoc basis (e.g. in response to incidents)

Responsible for ensuring that quality assurance records are being consistently completed in a timely manner with documented assurance through audit

Responsible for ensuring that all audit nonconformities relating to the area of specialist responsibility are robustly investigated with timely instigation of remedial and corrective measures in order to successfully mitigate risk

Leads on service improvement initiatives for the area of specialist responsibility, empowering all staff to actively contribute to continuous improvement (e.g. establishment of standard work)

Leads on the implementation of new or updated technologies/instrumentation/tests within specialist area

Responsibility for the management of analytical result quality within area of specialist responsibility, including timely and effective review of EQA, IQC data, establishment and review of uncertainty, data trending, conducting quality investigations, implementing preventative, corrective and remedial follow up

Leads on service improvement initiatives for the area of specialist responsibility, empowering all staff to actively contribute to continuous improvement (e.g. establishment of standard work)

Actively contributes to service development within area of specialist responsibility by leading on the evaluation of new approaches to service delivery/updated technologies/instruments/ tests

Responsible for ensuring that appropriate service continuity plans and action cards are in place for area of specialist responsibility and subject to regular review of effectiveness

Maintain patient confidentiality. You will recognise the absolute requirement to protect sensitive information that is related to patient care.

Observe the requirements of departmental policies relating to service provision, for example sample labelling and adverse event reporting.

Observe the requirements of Trust policies relating to clinical and people governance.


The principal duties listed above are not an exhaustive list and the post holder will be expected to undertake other duties as commensurate with the grade and role as as agreed with line manager. Addendums to this Job Description may be added to more accurately describe additional duties for non-lab based roles.

This job requires a high degree of dexterity and precision when manipulating small tools such as pipettes, handling very small volumes of clinical material or when preparing microscope slides for examination. Working with both speed and accuracy is required.

The post holder is responsible for maintaining their competency for all relevant technical and managerial/leadership elements of the role


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.


As the job holder you will communicate and work directly or indirectly with a diverse range of other staff. Those shown below are examples:


- Junior staff, colleagues, doctors and managers within the speciality

- Pathology staff working in other specialities

- Members of clinical teams including nurses, doctors and other practitioners

- Administrative and secretarial staff

- Estates and facilities staff


- Staff in primary care facilities

- Staff in other hospitals

- Staff in non NHS organizations (for example suppliers of consumables, equipment engineers, commercial representatives, accreditation organisations and regulatory bodies)

- Patients

Person Specification



  • Relevant masters degree, IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma, or equivalent qualification at Level 7
  • HCPC Registered healthcare scientist


  • Supervisory management qualification



  • Extensive Post registration Laboratory experience within this or a related discipline
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Evidence of on-going training within the discipline
  • Participation in CPD schemes


  • Attendance at relevant and recent training courses
  • Awareness of people governance policies

Skills & Behaviours


  • Competent in use of pathology LIMS / IT systems
  • Able to lead a team
  • Able to work independently
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Good communicator, Friendly attitude


  • Teaching and training skills

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teach
Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert