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Senior Biomedical Scientist

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Haematology department is seeking to recruit a Senior Biomedical Scientist and discipline Training Lead.

This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Biomedical Scientist to join our team in a senior capacity, with a strong focus on delivering training to the team. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in Haematology and a strong interest in all aspects of training, as well as an understanding of the requirements for accreditation to ISO15189.

If you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities and would like an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact Joanne King, Haematology Laboratory Manager on 01284 713074 or email

Previous applicants do not need to reapply for this vacancy.

Main duties of the job

  • Motivate, support and work collaboratively with colleagues in the development of departmental staff
  • On occasion, work with educational providers to excite interest in future careers in biomedical science
  • Adapt training to meet the needs of learners
  • Support staff through training processes
  • Act as part of the leadership team in Haematology within Pathology
  • Work effectively as part of a small team
  • Be able to work independently
  • Managing performance of technical processes within the laboratory and overseeing all associated tasks such as developing documentation
  • Supporting the department as it works towards ISO15189 compliance
  • Supervising and mentoring the team, providing constructive feedback to support staff development and learning

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description for further details.

Technical and Scientific:
  • Manage the performance of manual, semi-automated, specialist and fully automated laboratory investigations within a defined service area accurately and efficiently.
  • Day to day management of stock control and usage.
  • Manage quality control procedures and the processing of quality control material as per established protocols.
  • Implement policies for service improvement and propose policy changes that may impact beyond own area.
  • Ensure the validation of test results which may be highly specialised, and escalate where appropriate in line with established protocols.
  • Responsible for ensuring equipment, including highly specialist equipment, is set up and maintained for others to use, to achieve the optimum instrument performance and maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Perform advanced troubleshooting in line with established protocols by using judgement on how to proceed during technical failures.
  • Participate in Research and Development, clinical trials and equipment testing

Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist
  • Biomedical Science Degree or equivalent
  • Appropriate post registration IBMS Specialist Diploma or demonstrable equivalence to the learning outcomes of the Specialist Diploma
  • Appropriate postgraduate qualification / evidence of significant progress towards such a qualification or demonstrate equivalence to the learning outcomes of an IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or an MSc accredited by the IBMS
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Quality Management Qualification
  • Training Qualification
  • Health and Safety Qualification

Experience & Knowledge


  • Highly specialist knowledge and experience across a range of work procedures and practices underpinned by theory and practice relevant to post
  • Extensive practical experience of working in a Biomedical Science laboratory
  • Experience of Pathology IT systems
  • Practical experience of Quality Management Systems
  • Experience of performing and evaluating Risk Assessments
  • Experience of performing audits and addressing non-conformances identified
  • Experience of training and mentoring
  • Experience of incident reporting and investigation
  • IT competent, able to effectively use, Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Relevant experience of working in the NHS
  • Experience of managing people

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent interpretation and analytical skills
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others to meet needs of the service
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • High degree of manual dexterity to perform complex laboratory techniques
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Professional, friendly and approachable
  • Demonstrable mentoring skills
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a strong team player
  • Ability to respond flexibly to problems and issues raised and respond appropriately
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to work to tight and often challenging timescales

Personal Qualities


  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strives for excellence
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Ability to meet targets and deadlines
  • Flexibility to respond to the needs of the service
  • Ability to learn and assimilate new information
  • Organised but able to cope with interruptions
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines where there are competing demands
  • Awareness of self and impact on others
  • Flexible approach to working hours/duties


  • Credible and effective leadership qualities

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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