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Specialist/Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about patient care? We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic Biomedical Scientist with HCPC registration to work in our fast-paced laboratory.

The successful candidate will be part of the Microbiology team performing scientific procedures and result interpretation on biological samples to contribute to the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases and the investigation of other pathological processes.

Rotation throughout the laboratory will be expected and training will be provided. Once successful training is complete, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in extended hours and the weekend, Bank holiday and on-call rotas.

The laboratory values our staff, and we fully support and actively encourage the learning and development of all individuals.

This advert may close early should we receive a sufficient number of applications

Main duties of the job

  • Uses interpretative skills to determine the pathogenic and clinical significance of the results of laboratory tests including:
    • Preparing, examining and reporting on microscopic examination of specimens
    • Deciding on appropriate tests and procedures to identify pathogenic organisms
    • Performing and interpreting molecular diagnostic tests
    • Referring results for clinical interpretation or opinion
  • Performs manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory investigations
  • Takes corrective action when quality control or assurance procedures indicate loss of performance of the laboratory instruments or methods
  • Ensures first line trouble shooting of complex analytical equipment or methods
  • Performs work strictly according to current Standard Operating Procedures
  • Safely handle blood, urine, faeces, organs, other body tissue, and hazardous materials
  • Participates in the introduction of new equipment or methods
  • Supervises the work and monitor performance of Medical Laboratory Assistants and trainees/students
  • Participates in the maintenance and the further development of the quality system
  • Complies with good work practices in accordance with the standards of UKAS Accreditation and other relevant professional and legislative
  • Assists and deputises for the BMS7 as required (Band 6)
  • Works flexibly depending on the needs of the service which may include any integrated shift system/rotation pattern which operates in the Department (i.e., either day or night throughout seven days per week).

About us

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • generous relocation package of up to 30% of salary (capped at �18k) to support with relocation expenses for hard to fill positions where relocation would be an expectation to undertake the role fully. If you would like to discuss a potential relocation package, please speak to the recruiting department/manager at interview stage.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind we are open and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)


  • IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Microbiology or equivalent

Experience & Knowledge Required


  • Experience of working in a Laboratory


  • Experience in a Microbiology laboratory offering a similar test repertoire

Skills & Attributes


  • Ability to follow complex instructions (e.g. SOPs)
  • Excellent communication skills

Aptitude & Personal Attributes


  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Calm under pressure

Employer details

Employer name

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Microbiology Department, York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

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