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Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Histology

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited from Specialist Biomedical Scientists who are interested in joining our excellent team in the Cellular Pathology Department. The Histology laboratories are based at University Hospital in Coventry and at South Warwick and provide a diagnostic pathology service for the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS) and handle over 300,00 slides per year. These 2 posts will have a designated base at either of our 2 sites, Coventry or Warwick (1 vacancy at each) your preference can be discussed at interview.

The successful candidate will HCPC registered and hold the IBMS specialist portfolio in Cellular Pathology. You will be expected to undertake routine and specialist histopathology including immunohistochemistry, special stains, laboratory QC, Molecular Histology (at UHCW only) and some dissection (transfers and opening up), and will possess knowledge and skill levels enabling you to work both independently supervising other lab staff as appropriate and under the supervision of senior biomedical scientists to maintain a cross-site histology service.

Candidates without the IBMS Specialist Portfolio will not be considered for interview.

Main duties of the job

You will participate fully in the laboratory shift system which currently comprises working 37.5 hours between 7am to 7pm and includes weekend working on a rotational basis. This is a full time position.

Candidates without the IBMS Specialist Portfolio will not be considered for interview.


1. Daily perform routine and specialised diagnostic services on patient or environmental samples containing potentially infectious material.

2. To carry out routine maintenance on analytical equipment as required and in accordance with standard operating procedures.

3. To carry out equipment and method troubleshooting, advise the Section Manager of situations requiring further action, work with service engineers on fault resolution.

4. To prepare, store and use reagents required for laboratory investigations.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Cellular Pathology service is a rapidly expanding part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network, which is based on the hospital sites at Coventry (University Hospital), Nuneaton (George Eliot Hospital) and Warwick (South Warwickshire Hospital). It offers a comprehensive range of Pathology services to a population of approximately 1 million Coventry and Warwickshire residents and has a close relationship with the Medical school at Warwick University. The network offers an excellent opportunity to those seeking employment in a modern, innovative and high-profile organisation. We have digital slide scanning on both sites and we scan 100% of slides at UHCW including screening cases.

Our Histology department is in the middle of a major procurement and expect to have new main lab and IHC equipment in by the end of this year to help us deliver our turnaround times- this is an exciting time for us in histology- a chance for us to redesign our workflows and processes, and you could be a part of that!

For the post based in Coventry

The city lies in the West Midlands Situated as the most central city in the whole of England.Coventry offers its residents a truly exceptional lifestyle with excellent links to the rest of the country.Life in Coventry provides residents with easy access to Birmingham, Leicester, and London.The city was placed in the top 10 cities to live and work in the UK in a recent poll.Various factors contributed to ensuring the city was ranked so highly.The citys friendly atmosphere, a range of reasonably priced housing options as well as a host of prospects in the workplace all ensured the citys popularity.

With a choice of highly-rated universities (with links to the Hospital), a variety of retail and shopping options as well as an acclaimed history in the motor industry, Coventry is a city that is sure to cater to everyone!

For the post based in Warwick

Warwick, a charming town in Warwickshire, offers a delightful blend of history, picturesque surroundings, and modern amenities. Warwick boasts a rich history dating back to Saxon times. The iconicWarwick Castle, built during the Norman conquest of England, stands as a testament to its past.Warwick is home to a popular university, creating a vibrant atmosphere.Situated in the heart of England, Warwick enjoys excellent connectivity. Its just 11 miles south of Coventry and 20 miles from Birmingham. Victorian and Georgian homes grace the town centre, while riverside properties offer scenic views. Whether youre looking for a detached house, a terraced home, or an apartment, Warwick has a varied selection. Warwickshires countryside beckons with secret gardens and rolling greens. Nearby Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds provide ample opportunities to connect with nature.

Best of Both Worlds: Warwickshire, along with nearby Coventry and Birmingham, offers a unique blend of city vibrancy and countryside tranquillity. Whether you seek heritage sites or high street shopping, this region

Main responsibilities:

1. To perform manual, semi-automated and fully-automated laboratory investigations to exacting medical and scientific standards according to Standard Operating Procedures.

2. Interpretation of diagnostic investigations and be responsible for the validity of results and ensure accuracy and precision as specified by laboratory protocols and procedures

3. To report to the Section Manager any instance or event which may cause a service delivery failure, but be fully involved in the resolution of such events.

4. To develop and investigate new techniques or analysers as required by the changing needs of the service.

5. To ensure that all results are reported within the agreed turnaround time and to take remedial action, for example communicating appropriately with colleagues and managers.

6. Work to meet laboratory performance targets as directed by senior staff.

7. To use departmental resources efficiently and ensure reagents and consumables are ordered when approaching minimum stock levels.

8. To participate in the review and update of Standard Operating Procedures and health and safety documentation including COSHH and workplace risk assessments by commenting or proposing changes.

9. To measure and monitor the accuracy and imprecision of laboratory investigations using appropriate quality control procedures.

10. Act appropriately in the event of a technical/analytical non-conformity and appropriately inform the Section Manager. Decide with appropriate liaison with senior staff the subsequent level of investigation and reporting.

11. Participate in external and internal quality assurance schemes and vertical and horizontal audits as directed by senior staff.

12. To ensure that records are kept up to date and stored safely to ensure compliance the ISO15189 standard.

13. Promote a culture of quality throughout the laboratory.

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

All correspondence will be sent by email please check your account regularly including your Junk/SPAM folders

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University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust



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