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Microbiology Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
HCPC registered Specialist Biomedical scientist within the Royal Devon Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Microbiology Scientific team, providing a consistently high quality and professional service to all users of service.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • To undertake all aspects of Microbiology Testing.
  • To undertake a variety of serological methods for the determination of microbial infections.
  • To be responsible for the day to day operation of a section of the laboratory.
  • To authorise reports.
  • To take part in duties without supervision at a level of autonomy requiring decision making skills but can refer to more senior or medical staff for support.
  • Participate in the Departmental Out-of-Hours shift and on-call services as an autonomous practitioner.
  • The post holder will be working flexibly across seven days to support the Trust providing a 24-hour service.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

We are delighted to be able to recruit a Specialist Biomedical Scientist to work within the Clinical Microbiology department (Exeter site) of the Royal Devon Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.

The Department of Microbiology provides a comprehensive Microbiology service to the RDUH Trust and local Population across Northern and Eastern Devon. The Department employs approximately 80 staff across two laboratories based at North Devon District Hospital and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The department provides a comprehensive diagnostic bacteriology, mycology, serology/virology and molecular microbiology service and processes in excess of 600,000 specimens per annum. The service operates 24/7 including weekends and overnight cover is provided by an on-call service. The Microbiology department eastern site is situated on the edge of Dartmoor, in the city of Exeter with easy access to the M5 corridor and excellent transport links to the open countryside and Devon coastline. There is an on-site restaurant, crche facilities and a choice of coffee/tea outlets.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Specialist Biomedical Scientist with good interpersonal skills and a high degree of self-motivation to join the team. Working as an integral part of the laboratory team you will process clinical specimens for microbiological testing and interpret the results of laboratory tests and diagnostic processes, helping to deliver a high level of service quality, both to the Trust and the community. To be the successful the candidate, as well as being friendly and reliable, you will need a flexible attitude towards work with strong IT, communication and organisational skills, and an acute attention to detail. You will rotate throughout the Microbiology department, and require the ability to work under pressure and work well within a team.

You must be a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist and have completed or be actively working towards the IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Medical Microbiology/Virology (or equivalent). In-depth post-HCPC registration experience of working in all areas of a Medical Microbiology laboratory is required for this post. Strong candidates with less than two year's NHS Microbiology experience are encouraged to apply, as Band 5 Biomedical Scientists will also be considered. The department has achieved UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and is an IBMS approved training laboratory.

Working Pattern: Current Laboratory opening hours are 8 am to 6pm. Core hours are from 09:00 to 17:30 Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week), working on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, on a rotational basis. This post will also require participation in the Microbiology on call service and any in-house shift system if service requires. (Would consider part time position). Time worked on a Saturday accrues a pay enhancement of 30% and time worked on a Sunday/Bank Holiday accrues an enhancement of 60%.

Interview Date: Provisionally Tuesday 6th August and Wednesday 7th August 2024

For further information please contact: Lisa Stephens, Deputy Service Manager, on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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