Skip to main content

Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Haematology, Band 6

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire (Gloucester and Cheltenham)
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

View more

Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The department is scheduled to review our FBC and haematinics equipment in the coming year. We are currently working towards UKAS accreditation. Haematology in Gloucestershire really is a stimulating place to work.

Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust provides a countywide Haematology and Transfusion services across two major sites at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals. Both provide 24/7 service with specialisms rationalised across sites.

We are one of the largest hospital trusts in the country providing high quality acute elective and specialist care for a population of more than 850,000 people. This incorporates specialist services, including haematological malignancies, for neighbouring counties and we have facilities for autologous stem cell transplantation. We support Clinical Immunology with an Immunology Laboratory within the management structure of Haematology. Overall, the department processes approximately 78,000 requests and 1.5 million tests per annum.

Main duties of the job

Core hours 08.30-17.00, Early shift 07.00-15.00, Late shifts 13.00-21.00 & 13:30-21:30, Nights 19:15-07:00 & 20.45-08.30. Unsocial hours currently attract an RRP payment as well as A4C enhanced rates.

This position includes shift working

Applicants must be HCPC registered and hold an IBMS Specialist Portfolio.

Substantial years qualified experience in Haematology & Blood Transfusion in an NHS laboratory setting.

Personal qualities we are looking for include

- Excellent communication skills

- Organised with attention to detail.

- Flexible and able to demonstrate initiative, with problem solving abilities.

-Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

- Friendly, enthusiastic team player with good demonstrable interpersonal skills.

To work within the Haematology department, rotating around Haematology, Blood Transfusion & Immunology. Full participation in a 24 hour shift pattern is expected to cover two hospital sites.

Candidates who have not completed an IBMS Specialist Diploma, and therefore do not meet the threshold for a Band 6 may be considered for a Band 5 BMS position.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

We also have a great team of staff who are a very social group. Recent outings include skittles evenings, ten pin bowling, darts, rounders, tubing and, for the less energetic, a picnic in the park to celebrate Biomedical Science Day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assist in the provision of a comprehensive continuous 24 hour diagnostic service by performing a wide range of urgent, non-urgent and specialised procedures and investigations in the Haematology and Blood Transfusion specialties.

This includes the technical and clinical validation of own work and the communication of any confidential urgent/abnormal results thereby facilitating the appropriate diagnosis and effective treatment of patients.The post holder is also expected to select, ensure compatibility and issue blood products in a timely and efficient manner (sometimes in life saving situations e.g. trauma and major bleeding).

It is expected that the post holder will uphold both the IBMS and HCPC Code of Conduct and act as a role model to other staff whilst maintaining fitness to practice in accordance with the HCPC standards.

Contact Details

If you wanted more information on this vacancy then please contact:

Jo Goody (Deputy Laboratory Manager)

0300 422 5288

Available Monday - Friday 8:30 - 17:00

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science (or alternative acceptable to HCPC)
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • An IBMS Specialist Diploma is essential for Band 6



  • Substantial years qualified laboratory experience in an NHS Haematology & Blood Transfusion Laboratory
  • Experience of working OOH's as a lone worker
  • Have good working knowledge of Haematology and Blood Transfusion with the ability to make decisions and judgments involving complex scientific and clinical data.



  • Good organisation skills
  • Able to prioritise their own workload and that of others
  • Act as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust's values and behaviours are reinformed throughout their area of practice.
  • Able to supervise non-registered and less experienced staff to ensure effective service and care delivery.
  • Proficient in the use of Laboratory Information systems and applications.
  • Able to cover the range of shifts and sites in use within the department.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire (Gloucester and Cheltenham)


Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert