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Band 5 Immunology Pre-Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a centre of Pathology excellence at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), one of the largest teaching hospitals in England. We have state of the art facilities across 4 sites (Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope & Solihull hospitals).

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic & experienced Pre-Specialist Biomedical Scientist (Band 5) with experience in aspects of Immunology who must be a HCPC registered. This role is based at Heartlands Hospital but there may be a requirement to work across all UHB sites.

Our department provides a dynamic service that promotes innovation & service development. We are committed to staff health & well-being, training & development equipping staff with the tools to embark on an exciting & fulfilling career.

Our service is UKAS accredited, made up of a specialist and experienced team, all working towards a common goal. The department uses a range of state-of-the-art equipment including:

*Thermofisher Phadia Immunocap 250 analysers

*Sebia Octa Cap 3 & Hydrasys

*Beckman Navios & Aquios Flow Cytometers

*Binding Site Optilite analysers

*Werfen QL3000 and DS2 analysers

*Euroimmun Euro Blot One analyser

Interviews will be held face to face at Heartlands Hospital Birmingham

Main duties of the job

The laboratory operates an extended service with an expectation to support departmental shift systems as required, after training - including weekends & public holidays.

Shifts include Early (08:00-16:00), Day (09:00-17:00) and Mid (12:00-20:00) The hours worked are led by the demands of the service and may be amended as required.

The candidate will be expected to have a good understanding of areas within Immunology, working in different sections on a rotational basis maintaining skills & competency. We are looking for people who work well in a team & are excellent communicators.

The post holder will be responsible for performing tasks to meet the needs of the lab service. This could include a range of technical, scientific, professional & clinical duties to achieve the objectives of efficient & effective patient care, ensuring that the needs of the laboratory are met to deliver a quality clinical service including but not limited to:

*To safely handle, use & dispose of biological samples including blood, urine, faeces, CSF & semen, body tissues & other body fluids/samples and hazardous & /or radioactive chemicals

*Undertake maintenance on a wide range of specialised lab instruments & equipment prior to them being used for patient investigations

*Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice, quality assurance procedures in accordance with UKAS ISO 15189 standards.

*Technically validate, interpret & report results within the agreed turnaround times.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent academic achievement that is ratified by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • *State registration with Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • *Evidence of continuing professional development and proficiency in accordance with HCPC guidelines


  • *Working towards completion of post registration specialist competency portfolio



  • *Experience of working in clinical laboratories
  • *Experience of laboratory techniques and automation


  • *Evidence of dealing with suppliers, clinical and support staff, the public or customer care

Additional Criteria


  • *Numerate and able to undertake scientific calculations with and without the use of aide.
  • *Perform in a team
  • *Manual dexterity to undertake automated, manual and specialised techniques
  • *Good and accurate IT input and MS office skills
  • *Effective communication skills both written and oral
  • *Demonstrate logical thought processes and the ability to solve problems and plan remedial action
  • *Honesty
  • *Reliability
  • *Resilience and adaptability
  • *Self-motivated
  • *Positive attitude
  • *Expected to participate in all out of hours periods as required by service provision

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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