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Genetic Technologist - Band 5

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata for part time roles.
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Bristol Genetics Laboratory, South West Genomics Laboratory Hub ( SWGLH) Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Genetic Technologist - Band 5 - Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Genetic Technologist (Band 5), to join our large, friendly and well-equipped laboratory, which provides a comprehensive laboratory diagnostic genetics service.

Successful applicants will be required to work as part of a team and undertake scientific and technical duties covering a wide range of analytical techniques under the supervision of senior technical and scientific staff.

Bristol Genetics Laboratory is part of the South West Genomic Laboratory Hub (SW GLH)which is provided by a partnership between North Bristol NHS Trust and the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust to deliver centralised genomic analysis for patients with cancer and rare disease throughout the South West region

The successful candidate will be expected to work 37 1/2 hours per week full-time (or part-time hours as arranged) between 08:00 - 20:00 either Monday - Friday or Tuesday - Saturday including participation in out of hours working on weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis. Exact working pattern will be confirmed on offer of employment.

Please note that the interview for this position will be face to face to allow us to assess practical skills.

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Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will be required to work as part of a team and undertake scientific and technical duties covering a wide range of analytical techniques under the supervision of senior scientific and technical staff. This may involve working in a technical team undertaking both technical and analytical tasks or within the scientific teams undertaking purely analytical tasks.

The candidate may assist in providing technical support in order to introduce new developments in disease diagnosis, under supervision from technical and scientific staff.

The candidate will also undertake clerical and administrative duties as required to support the service.

Applicants will be expected to possess a degree in a relevant science-based subject including experience of laboratory work. Registration as a Genetic Technologist or equivalent is desirable and successful applicants will be expected to work towards registration. BGL is committed to the provision of high quality staff training at all levels.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the largest healthcare trusts in the South West of England. We provide hospital and community healthcare to people living in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

NBTCARES. It's a very simple statement one which epitomises how everybody across our organisation goes the extra mile to ensure our patients get the best possible care.

Caring - because it underpins everything we do for our patients and the way we care for one another.

Ambitious - because it signals that we always want to improve what we do on behalf of our patients and one another

Respectful - because every individual has an important role to play

Supportive - because we're a team and deliver together

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

Staff benefits include access to on-site, tax-free childcare through the Childcare Salary Sacrifice Scheme, an excellent package of pension benefits through the NHS Pension Scheme and teams dedicated to providing our staff with physical, psychological and financial support. For our complete list of staff benefits please visitour website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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  • To assist in the supervision, training and teaching of trainee and other junior staff as directed by Scientific staff.

  • To provide technical support for the laboratory under the direction of senior genetic technologists and/or the Head of Section.
  • To perform genetic analyses on patients referred for a wide range of genetic disorders as directed by a registered clinical scientist, to enable reporting time targets to be met.
  • To receive and process samples submitted to the Department in accordance with laboratory policies and protocols.
  • To analyse/interpret on a first line basis the results of tests for which he/she is responsible, recording results on worksheets, on result sheets in patient files, and on the laboratory database.
  • To carry out technical developments in conjunction with scientific staff, to introduce new techniques into the diagnostic service, so that new tests can be made available.
  • To provide technical support for research and development projects as required.
  • To personally organise allocated work.
  • To maintain a high level of professional competence in the performance of all tests and investigations carried out in the section.
  • To accurately prepare, maintain and document adequate supplies of reagents and consumables.
  • To be responsible for the day to day maintenance and cleanliness of the equipment with which he/she is working.
  • To participate in quality assurance procedures, including maintenance records and corrective actions.
  • Assist in the development and review of these as required.

  • To communicate with other members of the technical and scientific teams to provide effective cover for work.

  • To assist, as is necessary, in recording and maintaining all necessary manual and computerised records of the Department.
  • To use automated analysis equipment and software packages

  • To participate in continued professional development, by attending in-house or external training sessions as appropriate, and maintaining personal training records as required.
  • To take all necessary steps to achieve and maintain Registration on the voluntary register and on Health Professions register for genetics technologists when available

Person Specification



  • Degree in relevant science subject or equivalent
  • Good practical skills in laboratory genetics

Work Experience:


  • Experience of NHS Lab work
  • Experience of staff training and supervision
  • Experience of automated laboratory equipment relevant to genetics

Knowledge Skills and Experience


  • Good Organisational Skills/Good Communication Skills
  • Good technical knowledge of methods currently used in laboratory genetics
  • Evidence of good IT skills and experience with laboratory software systems
  • Awareness of quality assurance relevant to genetics

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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