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Healthcare Science Practitioner / Genomic Technologist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
Depending on experience £28,407.00- £34,581.00 Per Annum (PA) Pro Rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Wessex Genomics Laboratory Service (WGLS) in Salisbury for 2 full time Healthcare Science Practitioner/Genomic Technologists to join our dynamic team dedicated to providing high quality genomic testing to improve patient outcomes. We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with previous experience of working in a diagnostic laboratory.

The WGLS is a new integrated genomics testing service formed from the amalgamation of Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, now WGLS (Salisbury), and Molecular Pathology which is based at University Hospital Southampton (UHS). The WGLS is part of the Central & South Genomic Laboratory Hub. We provide an in-house diagnostic service for cancer and rare disease testing in accordance with the NHS England Genomic Test Directory and are also engaged in the development and ramping up of the NHSE Genomic Medicine Service Whole Genome Sequencing programme for our Wessex patients.

About us

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Job description

Job responsibilities


You will join a team of technologists who carry out both rare disease and cancer sample processing, utilising a range of genetic technologies. We currently have a vacancy in both our molecular and cytogenetic technologist teams.You will analyse data and prepare reports for authorisation by scientific staff.You will be expected to assist in the training of junior members of the team.In addition, the post holder will be required to support activities such as quality, including compliance with laboratory accreditation standards, equipment maintenance, audits and participate in the departments training programme.


The successful applicant must have a relevant degree BSc degree. Previous experience working in a diagnostic laboratory is essential and experience in a genetics laboratory would be desirable.


Employment will be with UHS but the role will be based at WGLS (Salisbury) within Salisbury District Hospital. There are future plans to re-locate to a joint facility with WGLS (Southampton) in the Southampton area once a suitable site has been identified (with a minimum 1 year notice prior to relocation).

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • BSc degree in a relevant discipline
  • Participation in Continuing Professional Development


  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Academy of Health Care Science

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Minimum 12 months experience working in a Clinical Laboratory


  • Experience of performing Genomic techniques
  • Experience of training and supervision

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Concentrate for extended periods
  • Respond to competing demands
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate with other Healthcare professionals within the trust and other organisations.
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to prioritise work and make changes according to unexpected events
  • Work independently or as a member of a team
  • Multitasking/Effective time Management

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Salisbury NHS Trust

Odstock Road



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