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Band 6 - Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Haematology

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year including 5% High Cost Allowance
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Department of Blood Science:Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Watford & Hemel Hempstead General Hospitals

HCPC Registered Specialist Biomedical Scientists Band 6 in Haematology and Blood Transfusion.

The Haematology Laboratory at West Hertfordshire Hospital is seeking well-organised and highly motivated individuals to join our friendly and dedicated Haematology & Blood Transfusion team. In return, the Trust is committed to the personal and professional development of its staff at all levels.

The Department is fully automated in its analytical platform for Blood Transfusion (BioRad IH1000), Coagulation (IL TOPS), Special Haematology (BioRad Variant II) and Haematology (Beckman-Coulter DxH), and uses the Clinisys Winpath Laboratory Information system.

Previous applicants who have not been shortlisted for interview need not apply unless substantial changes have been made to application.

Main duties of the job

Appropriately qualified Biomedical Scientists, who have HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist with a Specialist Portfolio in Haematology/ Transfusion Science and/or suitable experience in Haematology / Blood Transfusion within an NHS setting, or within a laboratory with IBMS training approval, are encouraged to apply. Staff currently established at AFC Band 5 level within a laboratory registered with the IBMS for training seeking promotion are welcome to apply.

You will be required to rotate through Haematology, Coagulation, and Blood Transfusion sections of the department. You must be keen to embrace new ways of working and develop your knowledge and skills.

There is a full 24/ hour, 7 days a week acute service at Watford, and a Monday to Friday non urgent service provided at Hemel Hempstead. Candidates will be required to participate in the full shift rota, covering weekdays, nights and weekends after suitable training and assessment.

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust! Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will practise as an HCPC Registered BMS in haematology/ Blood Transfusion at Watford General and Hemel Hempstead Hospitals on a rotational basis. They will work closely with the Biomedical Scientists Team Leaders to observe and implement the policies and procedures relevant to the role.

These include the Blood Transfusion Policy, the departmental Health & Safety Policy and Quality Policy.

The post holder must also comply with practices and procedures as dictated in the departmental Standard Operating Procedures. Additionally, they will liaise with the Blood Sciences Manager, the Laboratory Operational Managers, the Training and Quality Leads andClinical and Nursing staff to develop and integrate the services provided by the Team.

There is a need for some shift and weekend work that necessitates a flexible approach to the hours of employment.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Relevant Degree to the Profession. HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist
  • Participation in a CPD Scheme. IBMS Specialist Portfolio or evidence of equivalent knowledge of Haematology & Blood Transfusion


  • Post registration qualification



  • Good working knowledge of Haematology and Blood Transfusion Practice. Laboratory Health & Safety.


  • Instrumentation and quality systems.



  • HCPC Registered BMS experience
  • Ability to work alone
  • Previous supervisory and/or teaching experience


  • Deputising for Band 7 BMS Previous supervisory and/or teaching experience.



  • Good technical laboratory skills, including good hand eye co-ordination
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Computer literacy. Independent Problem solving/ troubleshooting skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Participation in out of hours rota
  • There is a requirement to lift heavy goods and objects up to a maximum of 15kg


  • Operation of Automated Analysers
  • Teaching and training skill

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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