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Biomedical Scientist/ Trainee Biomedical Scientist

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Agenda for Change
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited from proactive, motivated, enthusiastic, HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientists to join the Biochemistry Department, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The successful candidate would be expected to hold HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist and preferably have experience in Biochemistry, however candidates nearing completion of their registration portfolio may be considered as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist.

The Biochemistry department at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals offers a wide range of diagnostic testing facilities at both Worcester Royal Hospital and The Alexandra Hospital. The Department is UKAS accredited and is recognised by the IBMS for HCPC pre-Registration and Specialist Diploma training in Clinical Biochemistry. The Department is currently equipped with Beckman Coulter DxA 5000 Automation platform, Beckman Coulter AU5800, DXI 800,DXI 9000, DxC700AU, Sebia Capillarys 3 Tera, Sebia Hydrasys, Cobas e411, Optilite, UVIKON spectrophotometer, AI micro-osmometer, Roche 9180 electrolyte analyser.

This department offers training and development opportunities for the right candidates to further develop their skills and ambition.

Main duties of the job

The post holders would be working 37.5 hours/week and be required to work out of hours as operationally required. The department supports both acute hospital sites and so provides a 24/7 service in which the successful candidate would be expected to take an active part once training is completed. This would involve working as part of the shift system, covering nights, weekends and bank holiday shifts at both the Alexandra and Worcester sites once competent to do so.

Therefore the successful candidates will need to be able to travel between sites.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake routine and urgent analysis of patient specimens in all five sections of the laboratory on a

rotational basis using a variety of manual and automated techniques to the agreed quality standard.

To be able to work alone with minimal supervision.

To participate in specimen preparation and patient data input in the pre-analytical section of the laboratory as and when required.

To participate in the training and supervision of Trainee BMS, MLA and other staff and visitors as directed by the Senior BMS.

To participate if necessary in any research or development work associated with the provision of an efficient Clinical Biochemistry service.

To maintain , monitor and QC analytical equipment in the laboratory and outside the laboratory (Point of

Care Testing).

To act as supervisor to the BMS, MLA and clerical staff in the pre-analytical section of the laboratory. To take enquiries from doctors, nurses, other ward staff and from staff at other hospitals and give technical advice when needed. To transfer or seek advice from more senior staff when appropriate.

To maintain state registration with Health Professions Council HCPC and to fulfil the standards of professional proficiency as laid down by HCPC.

To work within all the accepted rules and procedures of the department and to adhere to the laboratory Health and Safety policy.

To participate in the single discipline out of hours rota as required. Hours worked will form part of contracted hours of employment. Duties to include:

To be able to work alone without supervision.

To be able to take control in any Health and Safety event that may take place out of hours.

To be able to authorise all results as they are available to enable them to be reported electronically to wards and departments.

To be able to give help and advice to Doctors and ward staff if needed.

To monitor the quality of the service offered at all times.

To keep abreast of any new techniques and developments within the department.

To participate in departmental Quality Management activities in a manner commensurate with post.

To be familiar with the Pathology Directorate Quality Policy and to ensure its consistent application to all departmental activities.

To work under the direction of the departmental Quality Manager and/or Quality Leads in ensuring the effective implementation of the departmental Quality Management System (QMS).

To maintain familiarity and practise in accordance with the SOPs for all relevant laboratory procedures.

To participate in departmental quality improvement initiatives.

To participate in scheduled audit activities. The programme of activities shall include horizontal, vertical and examination audits, in addition to internal audit of the QMS.

To identify and alert senior staff to any non-conformances to optimal / required practice.

To participate in the implementation and review of appropriate remedial, corrective and/or preventative measures in response to reported non-conformances.

To participate in the maintaining of records, for all staff of whatever grade, which indicate both training received and the outcome of any assessment(s) of competence, for all relevant laboratory procedures.

To participate in training activities so that own competence to practise in the laboratory is demonstrably maintained through on-going assessment, as appropriate.

To participate in clinical audit projects.

Any other duties deemed necessary to maintain an efficient Clinical Biochemistry service.

This job description will be subject to annual review and may be amended as necessary following consultation with the post-holder.

Person Specification



  • Registration with HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist.
  • Approved BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science or equivalent


  • Associate of IBMS



  • Experience in all aspects of routine Clinical Biochemistry
  • Experience of automated equipment and laboratory computer systems
  • Experience of working in an NHS laboratory


  • Experience in training Trainee BMSs and MLAs.
  • Experience of Beckman Coulter analytical platforms

Knowledge and skills


  • Ongoing CPD
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Competent to be on the out-of-hours rota as a lone worker.
  • Produce accurate and timely work


  • Keyboard skills
  • Demonstration of specialist training and experience
  • UKAS/ISO accreditation knowledge

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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