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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/06/2020.

Advanced Biomedical Scientist

Job Reference: 304-A-20-92106

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Blood Transfusion

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University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, employing over 20,000 staff and treating over 2.8 million people per year. We have more than 2,700 beds across all our sites with the main hospital services being based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and other services based at Birmingham Chest Clinic and Solihull community health premises.

As the Trust is a multi-site organisation you may be required to work at any of the Trust sites and you may need to change your normal place of work, either temporarily or on a permanent basis, as a result of development or reorganisation of Trust services.

UHB has an international reputation for its quality of care, information technology, clinical education and training and research and provides a wide range of services including highly specialised regional and national services. The Trust is a designated Major Trauma Centre, operates Europe’s largest Critical Care Unit and Organ Transplant Service and, through its hosting of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, provides a full range of medical services to injured military personnel.

Our core purposes are excellent clinical quality, patient experience, workforce, research and innovation and our vision is “To Build Healthier Lives”.

Please apply early as vacancies may close before the given closing date when sufficient applications are received.

For specific enquiries regarding this vacancy, please see the Contact Details section below in the first instance. For general enquiries, please use Switchboard: 0121 627 2000 and for Non-Medical (inc. Nursing) Ext. 16800, Doctors & Dentists Ext. 18384 or 18395, Bank posts 0121 371 8280.

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rApplications are invited for a HCPC registered Band 7 in the Blood Transfusion department based at the Queen Elizabeth hospital. The Trust has recently merged with Heart of England to create one of the largest combined trusts in the country (UHB) consisting of Queen Elizabeth hospital (QEH) and HGS( Heartlands, Good hope and Solihull).

The Blood transfusion laboratory is fully UKAS, MHRA and IBMS accredited. The trust is a major trauma centre and has the largest critical care unit in Europe. It also undertakes the largest number of solid organ transplants in Europe and undertakes cutting edge surgeries placing a demand on the Blood transfusion laboratory.

The department receives approximately 65,000 group and screen requests and issues 58,000 red cells, 14,000 FFP and 8500 platelets each year.

Currently the laboratory operates a 24 hour diagnostic service. The core routine hours of the day are 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri) with rostered Saturday and Sunday morning working (Time off in Lieu). A non-voluntary out of hour’s service (i.e. overnight, weekends and bank holidays) is in operation and is worked as part of the 37.5 hours. All shifts are compliant with Agenda for change terms. The successful applicant may be expected to contribute in all rotas once trained and competency assessed.

The departments current equipment includes Immucor NEO and Bio-Rad Gelstation blood transfusion analysers. There are currently on-going projects to replace the analysers with Grifols equipment and to introduce Haemonetics Blood track system/ fridges.

We are looking to fill the post in Blood Transfusion with an individual who is experienced, self-motivated and an excellent communicator. You must be HCPC registered, possess a Degree or Msc in Biomedical Science or equivalent.

Applications will need to have extensive knowledge of working within Blood transfusion, with an understanding of UKAS, MHRA and quality management systems.

The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic, maintain and develop high standards and enjoy working as part of a team.

This is a full time post working 37.5 hours.

Interviews will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

All posts involving access to persons in receipt of health services will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us; this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances of your offences.

Staff recruited from outside of the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

Successful candidates will be automatically enrolled onto the Trust staff bank UHB+.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced or skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as it is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and aims to achieve positive change for LGBTQ+ people by creating an inclusive, inspiring and equal environment for both staff and service users.

Disabled applicants, in line with our commitment to the Disability Confident Scheme, will be guaranteed an interview where they meet the essential criteria and declare their disabled status. The Trust will accept applications in other formats where applicants have disabilities that require a reasonable adjustment for them to be able to apply for vacancies; consideration in respect of additional time for postage/delivery time etc. will be given.

Internal applicants who are interested in accessing professional support for interview preparation should read the attached Aspire document.

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