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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/07/2020.

Apprentice Biomedical Scientist

Job Reference: 358-2426903-APP

University Hospitals of Leicester
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£156 per week

Biomedical Scientists form the main part of the workforce of pathology laboratory services. They are responsible for testing samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has pathology laboratories at all three of our hospitals. Most of our specialist laboratory services are based at Leicester Royal Infirmary

We have a number of opportunities for Apprentice Biomedical Scientists. This post would be ideal for school leavers or those who have left further education within the last few years who have the drive and ambition to work hard and further their education. Whilst completing a 4 year BSc Honours degree in Applied Biomedical Science by day release at Nottingham Trent University you will also be working and learning in one of the following Pathology Laboratories:-

  • Blood Sciences
    • Clinical Biochemistry – investigation of disease by measurement of biological markers e.g. enzymes, hormones, trace elements, toxicology
    • Haematology – investigation of blood constituents e.g. Blood cells; platelets; coagulation factors

As an apprentice you will

  • Learn how to perform laboratory analyses associated with the post, including maintaining appropriate records and documentation.
  • Undertake quality control procedures and examine quality control results to identify poor performance.
  • Participate in the operation, routine maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.
  • Assist with the development of new methods and the implementation of new technology.

What you will receive

  • NO tuition fees to pay at the end of your course and get paid while studying
  • Salary starting at £160 per week for the first year and increasing over the four years of study.

Future prospects

After graduating and completion of a state registration portfolio (included and expected within the four years) the apprentice will be eligible to apply for positions as a state registered biomedical scientist (Agenda for Change band 5) and be ready to begin their IBMS Specialist portfolio.


Entry requirements

A-levels x3 – BBB, including Biology; or BTEC Extended Diploma or 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications including an A-level grade B equivalent in Biology and GCSEs - English and Maths minimum grade C/4.

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Contact for further information

We will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of application forms.

Preference will be given in the first instance to existing NHS employees within the East Midlands healthcare community who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. Such employees within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be considered first.”

Important Information

Applications will be transferred to TRAC system, by completing an application you are giving authorisation for the transfer of your data.

Correspondence regarding your application will be sent to you by email via a TRAC system account.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible.

Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) .

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed, if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is successful. This is due to the fact that it is unlikely the Trust would be able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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