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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/05/2020.

Senior Biomedical Scientist - Biochemistry

Job Reference: 252-9548

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 NKPS - Biochemistry
£40,681 to £46,294 pa

If you are an experienced Biomedical Scientist looking to progress your career, why not consider joining the Biochemistry Department within North Kent Pathology Service. There is an opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to take on the position of Senior BMS in the Biochemistry Department.

The department is seeking a confident scientist to join our existing dynamic, hardworking, friendly team to help manage the operations of our Biochemistry service. The successful candidate must be HCPC registered and have a MSc, FIBMS or equivalent.

They will be responsible for the general day to day running of the laboratory, including meeting the agreed turn-around times. The role will require participation in managerial and laboratory meetings along with support and supervision of Biomedical Scientists within the laboratory. They will contribute to service improvement as well as facilitating delivery of current services provision across the department. The review of technical procedures to maintain the highest quality and standards of work will also be essential.

The suitable candidate will be well-organised and highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills who shares the values of Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust.

The appointee will support the Blood Sciences Manager and other members of the North Kent Pathology Service team to provide a high quality, comprehensive and cost effective service.

The North Kent Pathology Service laboratories are arranged in an integrated hub and spoke arrangement with Dartford & Gravesham as the hub laboratory and Medway Maritime as the rapid response laboratory. Both laboratories are equipped with Beckman Coulter UK Chemistry, Immunoassay and Haematology platforms and the hub laboratory has a newly upgraded Power Express automated track. The department also has TOSOH G11, Vitech Osmometer and Sebia Electrophoresis equipment. We encourage continuous professional development (CPD) as well as active discussion around new techniques and developments within the field.

We are looking for a strong team player with a positive attitude with a commitment to supporting the clinical services of the Trust and meeting the needs of our patients by supporting the out of hours shift service, weekend and bank holiday rosters where necessary.

For more information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Derek Smith on 01322 842849 or email at

The Trust has a strong commitment to equality and diversity. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 'Positive action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. As our workforce is currently under-represented in bands 6, 7 and 8, we encourage applications from people with black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a smoke free organisation. To improve public health, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital site. For advice and support on stop smoking please call 0300 123 1220.


The Trust is rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The highlighted Managers across the Trust promoted a positive culture that supported and valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based on shared values.

Essential to our success are our staff, they are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and involved. Our vision is to ensure that our Trust is an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours.

Our most recent staff survey highlighted that on a number of key findings we remain amongst the very best acute Trusts in the NHS. We believe this is a reflection of our Trust values, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation. We know the importance of developing staff and have held the ‘Investors in People’ accreditation since 2005, achieving the Silver Standard this year. The Trust is committed to supporting a work-life balance for all of its staff.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. We are founding member of Guy’s & St Thomas’ ‘Healthcare Alliance’ introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for our patients. As our local population increases our services and skills are expanding to meet the demand. We are continuously looking for ways to develop models of best practice, enhancing and improving the services that we offer.

Dartford & Gravesham is one of the largest NHS Trusts in North Kent, with services at Darent Valley Hospital, Queen Mary’s and Erith and District Hospitals, for a local population of over 500,000 people. This, combined with our close association with Guy & St Thomas’ gives staff wishing to develop their skills further opportunity to work across many different specialities.

If you would like to be part of an innovative and forward thinking team that puts the patient at the centre of all it does, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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