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Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Haematology/blood Transfusion

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Dartford and Medway
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Biomedical Scientist Band 6 in Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Applications from Night workers are encouraged

This is a permanent role with successful applicants being required to work at both Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and at Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Biomedical Scientist/ Specialist Biomedical Scientist.

For the Band 5 post you must provide

Experience of working alone during out of hours service

Willingness to participate in the out of hour's service

Evidence of CPD

For the Band 6 post you must provide

Completion of IBMS Specialist Portfolio or proven equivalent post registration experience

Experience of working alone during out of hours service

Willingness to participate in the out of hour's service

Evidence of CPD

We are looking for well-motivated, HCPC registered individuals, with experience of working in an NHS pathology laboratory (or equivalent) to join our Haematology and Blood Transfusion Department based at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and at Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham.

In partnership with Beckman Coulter UK (BCUK) our newly designed and refurbished pathology laboratory houses a range of equipment including: Beckman Coulter DxH 800 Analysers and Slidemaker/Stainer (SMS), IL(Werfen) TOP 700 and TOP 550 coagulation analysers, Biorad Variant II for Haemoglobinopathy screening and Ortho Vision blood grouping analysers.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an ongoing quality programme to maintain compliance with the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and United Kingdom Accreditation Standards (UKAS).

This post will require full participation full in a 24/7 shift working pattern and will received enhanced pay in line with Agenda for change unsocial hours payments for maintaining round the clock services.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and our patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Technical Responsibilities:
  • Prioritise samples for processing and results for issuing.
  • Provide advice about the appropriate use of laboratory tests to users.
  • Perform tests and assays on all samples as necessary, according to established protocols and required standards.
  • Enter test results accurately onto the laboratory computer system.
  • Carry out identification of blood group antibodies and refer to NHSBT as required.
  • Carry out specialist procedures within Haematology such as blood film morphology and haemoglobinopathy screening.
  • Deliver accurate results of samples within agreed turnaround times.
  • Check validity of results and the need for repeat or further testing.
  • Authorise the release of results for clinical authorisation to the Consultant Haematologist.
  • Authorise results, which the Consultant Haematologist deems not to require clinical authorisation.
  • Discuss significantly abnormal results with the Consultant Haematologist and other clinicians.
  • Maintain good housekeeping and analyser trouble shooting.
  • Adhere to Trust and departmental policies, guidelines and quality standards.
  • Work at all times in accordance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Liaise with NHSBT as required.
  • Have advanced knowledge in equipment troubleshooting.
  • Be competent in equipment maintenance and advance troubleshooting.
  • Undertake an extra responsibility (e.g., quality, H& S or work related) appropriate to a band six experience and knowledge)

Person Specification



  • Specialist portfolio in Haematology or Transfusion Science or equivalent
  • State registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) specifically as a Biomedical Scientist, Clinical Haematology and/or Transfusion Science
  • Evidence of CPD



  • Experience in all areas of Haematology & Blood Transfusion in a Pathology laboratory (or equivalent).


  • Use of Q-Pulse quality management software system.



  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Good supervisory qualities.
  • Ability to produce results within set deadlines.

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road

Dartford and Medway


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