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Biomedical Scientist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Microbiology Department
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 18 months (FTC 12-18 months)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Expected to support a Saturday rosta on a 1 in 4 basis)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 Per annum + HCAs pro-rata
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

This is a fixed term post for 12 - 18 months.

The successful applicant will work in all sections of the laboratory in rotation and will participate in the training of less experienced staff.  They will take a special interest in a specialty area and be expected to take a lead role in helping to develop this aspect of the service, extensive experience in this field is essential.  They will be eligible to join the out-of-hours service when they have had sufficient experience with local protocols. The successful applicant will be required to take part in the roster for staffing the laboratory on Saturday mornings and bank holidays.

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

Main duties of the job

Maintain a high standard of clinical work when carrying out diagnostic laboratory procedures.

Responsible for the safe and accurate generation of test results including checking and administration.

Become proficient at technical procedures in sub sections of the laboratory including: Parasitology, Mycology, Virology, Serology/Immunology, as well as routine Bacteriology.

As a section supervisor, you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.

Pathology services at Whittington Health are within the London 1 Pathology Network. As part of the transition of pathology services into a hub and spoke model, the pathology services may locate to another site within the network in the future. This is an exciting time for Whittington Health and the successful candidate will be central to the smooth transitioning of the department.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Job Description

Title:                                       Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Grade:                                    Band 6

Annual Leave:                       27 days per annum increasing to 29 days after 5 years NHS service and 33 days after 10 years NHS service

Department:                          Pathology - Microbiology

Responsible to:                     Departmental Service Manager

Accountable to:                    Pathology Manager


This post will work in the relevant section of the Pathology Department, processing samples, validating and authorising results (if applicable), to provide a timely high quality service to all users.

The post holder will take responsibility for managing more junior biomedical staff, medical laboratory assistants and any work placement staff in the department.

They will also be expected to assist the senior staff with any aspects of quality, training, health and safety, clinical governance, audit and paperwork for UKAS, MHRA,  and HTA, as and when required.


  1. To work in a section within the relevant department processing samples, this may be on a rotational basis.
  2. To ensure the work is processed in a timely and appropriate manner and that results are produced within the designated turn around times.
  3. If applicable, to validate results on the laboratory computer system, referring results to the medical / clinical staff where appropriate.
  4. To ensure all unexpectedly abnormal results are communicated to the requesting clinician, as per the department’s protocol, and that where necessary the clinician is advised of any further tests that may benefit the patient or aid diagnosis.
  5. To be responsible for the safe and proper use of automation that they use.
  6. To work with the all staff to provide a timely and appropriate service to the
  7. To monitor stocks of all laboratory consumables, and inform senior staff when ordering is necessary.
  8. To keep adequate and appropriate records of all used reagents within their working area.
  9. To teach technical and medical staff, as and when required.
  10. To undertake appraisals of staff working within your section, as requested, by the service manager
  11. To provide supervision when required.
  12. To consult with the senior staff on any technical changes that may benefit the laboratory
  13. To work with the senior staff as and when required on the production of standard operating procedures, UKAS, MHRA, HTA, COSHH and risk assessment documentation.
  14. To participate, where appropriate, in the department’s extended day and out of hours service provision.
  15. To ensure that they and all staff follow relevant policies.
  16. To undertake data collection, statistical analysis and export results to the appropriate local and national bodies.
  17. To participate in research and audit. To lead on internal audits as and when required.
  18. To deputise for the senior BMS staff, as and when required.
  19. To assist the senior staff and take responsibility for any quality objectives or KPIs as and when delegated to them.
  20. To assist the senior staff in the formal training and mentoring of staff who are undertaking any formal training, for example IBMS portfolios, MLA training programs or other study related to the discipline as and when required to do so.
  21. To assist the senior staff and take responsibility for any aspects of UKAS, MHRA, SHOT, HTA, clinical governance and audit as delegated to them.
  22. 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.
  23. To participate in personal object setting and review including the creation of a personal development plan to be ratified at the annual appraisal meeting.
  24. To participate in continuing professional development (CPD) in line with the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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.


Following consultation post holders may be required to do other duties commensurate with their grade and experience for short periods of time.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Higher degree or >2 years experience at band 5


Essential criteria
  • Experience within field


Essential criteria
  • Written and verbal skills and clarity

Technical Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to answer questions on subject
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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David Whittington
Job title
Laboratory Manager
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925