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Biomedical Scientist / Specialist Biomedical Scientist - POCT

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Would you like to join the largest and most forwarded thinking NHS Trust in the UK which has delivered the biggest digital transformation in 2022? Our new EPR has revolutionised how we deliver our Biochemistry and POCT services including a fully integrated single LIMS (beaker) and Atellica Connect middleware across all our 4 sites.

In addition, Biochemistry have invested in training and staff development appointing a dedicated Training Lead to support and deliver all aspects of academic courses from certificates of achievement, registration, specialist and higher specialist IBMS portfolios, apprenticeships and leadership and management qualifications. The department also has dedicated funding to support MSC's, top up modules or IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice. Due to our vast array of services from Routine Roche automation, Specialist Chemistry, Paediatric and Newborn screening and UKAS accredited Point of Care, we pride ourselves in growing our own and enabling opportunity across all our sites to develop staff and provide a strong and sustained service for the future.

Main duties of the job

The Directorate of Biochemistry POCT team is across 4 sites and all sites are fully connected through IT middleware.

The post holder will act as a registered Biomedical Scientist providing scientific services to patients as an aid to clinical diagnosis across the POCT team. The successful candidate will be required to work across sites, although they will have a primary site at Wythenshawe Hospital and undertake a wide range of complex analytical procedures, performing a range of manual, semi-automated and automated tests using scientific knowledge and experience to comment upon and validate results in line with ISO 15189 .

Suitable candidates will require POCT experience post-registration. Candidates must be in possession of an IBMS specialist portfolio in Clinical Biochemistry or equivalent to be appointed at Band 6 however, candidates working towards their specialist portfolio will be considered for appointment at band 5.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration within Biomedical Science
  • IBMS approved Biomedical Sciences Degree or Equivalent in relevant discipline
  • Evidence of CPD in accordance with HCPC



  • Evidence of working as part of a team
  • Good communication skills including ability to communicate with peers and senior staff and clinical users of service
  • Well-developed physical skills, especially in the manipulation of pipettes and other laboratory equipment. Also, must be adept and precise when handling samples etc
  • Able to work unsupervised, to organise workload, and to organise and train less qualified, or less experienced staff
  • Able to demonstrate a high degree of skill and knowledge, where result interpretation can be highly subjective.
  • Able to prioritise analytical work and plan day-to-day organisation of area of work

Knowledge and Experience


  • Evidence of post-registration speciality training, in accordance with IBMS guidelines or equivalent
  • Extensive post-registration experience in Biochemistry as a BMS practitioner (band 5).
  • Have extensive working knowledge of laboratory areas, including both practical and theoretical knowledge of the various methods employed
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the basic physiology, pathology, and scientific principles relevant to Clinical Biochemistry
  • Able to operate and maintain complex automated and semiautomated equipment
  • Display experience and competency in all laboratory areas.
  • Able to contribute to assessing and suggesting changes to laboratory operating procedures
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and application of quality systems, with reference to ISO/UKAS
  • Knowledge of Laboratory IT programmes and good key board skills


  • Development of special interest and expertise in one or more areas of the laboratory, for example audit, quality, R& D, safety, training, Automated Biochemistry, Toxicology, Immunoassay or LC-MS
  • Knowledge of common IT programmes such as Word / Excel.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust- Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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