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Medical Laboratory Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 3

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NHS AfC: Band 3
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week including shift working)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum + HCAs
Salary period
20/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Salary in the range £20,330 – 21,777 per annum

(dependent on experience) + high cost area enhancement

HOURS : 37.5 per week

Band  3 Medical Laboratory Assistant

Our busy Microbiology/Pathology Department is looking for an enthusiastic and reliable person to join our team of laboratory staff, who examine specimens sent to us by the hospital doctors, local GPs and clinics.

We are working towards forming a partnership with North West London Pathology which will likely mean a change in location over the next couple of years.

Main duties of the job

The duties are varied and include a mixture of sample reception, laboratory work, keyboard entry of data into our computer and preparation of laboratory materials. You would be expected to be available to work in other departments within Pathology in addition to Microbiology, as directed by the Laboratory managers. Keyboard experience is essential, as are qualifications to GCSE level including English and mathematics, and you need to be of a practical nature. You must be well organised and capable of working accurately. Whilst not essential, previous laboratory experience would be an advantage. Full training will be given to the successful applicant. Hours are 37.5 per week and participation in shift working is required


Working for our organisation

We are a small dedicated team working within Whittington Health that  delivers not just routine diagnostic support to the Hospital and local community - but has, for the past year, provided an essential Covid - 19 testing service.

Our ICARE Values not only help us shape what we do, but also how we do it and why. They are fundamental to the way we do business and care for our patients.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



  1. To work in the laboratory and offices, receiving, sorting and labelling samples and entering requests for laboratory investigations onto the pathology computer system.
  2. To answer result and general, telephone enquiries.
  3. Validation of sample and patient demographic data.
  4. Data input of results and information from outside sources.
  5. To assist with routine tasks in the laboratory this will vary depending on the department, but will include tasks such as plating samples and processing samples, loading and unloading instruments, tracking samples, stocking consumables, staining slides, disposing of samples. This list is not exhaustive, but gives an indication of duties that would be expected to be undertaken by an experienced MLA.
  6. To keep all laboratory benches, storage areas, refrigerators and freezers clean and tidy.
  7. Responsible for temperature monitoring of the refrigerators and freezers within the department.
  8. Printing, sorting and despatching completed reports.
  9. To perform start up and routine maintenance on laboratory and point of care instrumentation.
  10. Routine cleaning and quality control checks as applicable.
  11. To assist with the training of new starters, work placements and trainee phlebotomists as applicable.
  12. If applicable, to work in the Blood Transfusion department, doing data entry for requests, retrieving blood from satellite fridges, checking blood fridge charts and reporting any discrepancies to the senior staff.
  13. If applicable, to bleed patients, either in-patients, out-patients or in outreach clinics as and when required, by venepuncture or finger-prick, as appropriate.
  14. If applicable, to train other healthcare practitioners in the skill of phlebotomy when the phlebotomy trainer is not available.
  15. To be proactive in supporting the laboratories’ health and safety measures.
  16. To undertake all mandatory and statutory training requirements associated with the role and any other training required in order to able to carry out daily duties, and comply with the Trust’s training requirements.
  17. To participate in appraisal and staff annual review.
  18. Any other duties commensurate with grade.


This job profile is intended to provide an outline of the duties and responsibilities of this post and may change from time to time by agreement of the Director of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs and the postholder.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 or equivalent (good GCSEs) experience

Communication skills

Essential criteria
  • Clear and articulate
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Has some knowledge of laboratory procedures, standard operating procedures and laboratory health and safety regulations.
Desirable criteria
  • Must have at least two years’ experience as a MLA in an accredited laboratory
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Neil Jones
Job title
Laboratory Manager - Microbiology
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 4829
Additional information

Any further details required may be obtained from Neil Jones or Stephen De’Ath on 020 7288 5086.  Application form is available on line at NHS jobs.



If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925