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Clinical Scientist in Cancer Genomics

North Bristol NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata for part time roles
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Bristol Genetics Laboratory - South West Genomic Laboratory Hub

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Clinical Scientist in Cancer Genomics permanent posts available

Open to HCPC registered Clinical Scientists and those approaching completion of the Clinical Scientist Training Programme. Appointment at Band 6 will be considered for candidates who have not yet completed training.

Full time or part time considered.

Clinical Scientist vacancies in Cancer Genomics have arisen within the South West Genomics laboratory Hub lab at the Bristol Genetics Laboratory (BGL) site due to service expansion.

With a scientific and technical staff of approaching 200, BGL is housed in new state of the art Pathology laboratories in North Bristol NHS Trust.BGL is a fully integrated Genomics Laboratory providing comprehensive and expanding Rare Inherited Disease and Cancer genomic testing to the South West with extensive specialist services attracting a large number of national and international referrals.

BGL has a significant R& D programme and also benefits fromco-location with the University of Bristol Learning and Research Centre in the Trust Science Quarter.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, friendly and motivated team committed to providing excellent services for patients. BGL is fully committed to the provision of high quality staff training at all levels, as an accredited training centre

Main duties of the job

Successful Candidates will use scientific, and clinical skills to analyse genomic data and prepare and authorise patient reports. The roles also involve significant clinical communication /education, research and development, and quality assurance/ improvement.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:*A good first degree/higher qualification in Genetics or equivalent, higherdegree desirable.*HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist in Cancer genetics/Genomics or closeto achieving registration.*Clinical service experience.*Completion of the Modernising Scientific Careers Training Scheme including MSc in Genetics/Genomic Science OR a Postgraduate Certificate of competence in Molecular Genetics or Cytogenetics.*Applications are also invited from those approaching the end of the Clinical Scientist Training Programme, with initial appointment to Band 6 pending completion of HCPC registration

Full time 37.5 hours per week. Part time and job share considered. There are excellent opportunities for progression for qualified and motivated applicants.

Contact Laura Yarram-Smith or Chris Wragg for further information:

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are a internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

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.

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and internal holidays, and it has a rich history. If you prefer country, village or smaller town living, NBT is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales (e.g. Portishead, Chepstow).

Job description

Job responsibilities

To apply highly specialist scientific skill and expertise in diagnostic laboratorygenetics including troubleshooting of assays and techniques both existing and in development.

*To ensure that the service is effective and current by regular literature review.*To implement laboratory procedures for sample receipt, processing, IQC,analysis, checking, interpretation, preparation of reports (both standard and complex) and reporting of results.*In partnership with others, to be responsible for the accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of a variety of routine and non-routine highly specialised genomic tests.*To correctly interpret and explain results with advice on further action forpatient or family members, including calculation of risk and use of appropriate online resources, literature and databases as appropriate, within relevant professional guidelines and subject to supervision from senior staff.*To contribute to appropriate multidisciplinary team meetings to give aprofessional opinion on clinical cases.*To communicate scientific data and results at local, national and international meetings and in the scientific literature under the overall direction of senior staff.*Authorisation of a subset of clinical and administrative reports, as directed by senior staff.*To work with the team to ensure achievement of and adherence to thestandards required of a UKAS accredited Laboratory, in close liaison with the Quality Lead and Quality Manager and under the direction of the Head of Section and ultimately the Head of Department.*The post holder will participate and lead with medium-term servicedevelopment and enhancement under the overall direction of more seniorstaff. This may include:
  • Contribution to evaluation and implementation of new methods or new ways of working etc.
  • Evaluation of published developments and innovations and their transfer into clinical practice.
  • Project supervision.

*To undertake continued training and development and to acquire, improve and apply new skills to ensure safe efficient and effective service delivery and to comply with the appropriate CPD scheme.

*The post holder is encouraged to work towards further qualifications(eg FRCPath).

Person Specification



  • First or second class BSc honours Degree in biological science or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration (Clinical Scientist)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and ongoing training in laboratory genetics
  • Completion of Scientist Training programme/ Postgraduate Certificate in Genomics/Cytogenetics/Molecular genetics or equivalent
  • Higher qualification to MsC or recognised equivalent level


  • FRCPath part 1.

Work experience


  • Comprehensive experience and knowledge of Clinical Laboratory genetics
  • Experience of Research and development projects and presentation at meetings/conferences


  • Experience of Staff Training and Supervision
  • Experience of R& D
  • Experience of presentation of information at internal and/or external scientific meetings



  • IT literate and familiar with relevant informatics/bioinformatics resources
  • Theoretical and Practical knowledge of genetic techniques and their clinical applications.
  • Attention to detail and good organisational skills

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital Bristol

Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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