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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/11/2020.

Healthcare Science Assistant Apprentice

Job Reference: 284-20-DWTB-654

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Genetics Lab
Birmingham Women's Hospital
£18,005 to £19,337 pa

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.

For most roles flexible working may be considered, we would encuorage you to speak to the recruiting manager about this.

Healthcare Science Assistant Apprentice

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL), part of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s (BWC) NHS Foundation Trust are very pleased to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to enthusiastic individuals looking to kick start their career in Healthcare Science within a specialised Genomics laboratory.

WMRGL is the designated Genomic Laboratory Hub (WWMGLH) working with the Genomic Local Laboratory Network (GLLN) for the Wessex, Oxford and West Midlands Genomics Consortium (WOWMGC) serving 11 million people across the region, almost one fifth of the population.

The GLHs will be an integral part of the national Genomic Medicine Service, providing state of the art, high quality genomic analysis to patients with rare diseases and/or cancer. The pace of change is exponential with Genomics being placed at the heart of the future NHS. Our workforce will be fundamental to the successful delivery of this ambitious and high profile service.

This is a laboratory based role where you will undertake a level 4 apprenticeship in Healthcare Science. Working alongside Genetic Technologists; Healthcare Science Assistants and Clinical Scientists, the apprentices will play a vital role in service delivery. On completion of the apprenticeship, individuals will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) accredited Associate register at level 4.

We are working in association with a local education provider who will deliver the underpinning knowledge required as part of the qualification. They will work with you and your line manager to provide a comprehensive development plan detailing your work based objectives and goals. You will be given time during your working hours to attend classes and/or study towards the apprenticeship. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave allowance of 27 days in addition to 8 days public holidays. As an NHS employee you will be eligible to many discounts offered by online and high street retailers.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are committed to a career in laboratory diagnostics and we invite applications from individuals who have a good basic education (GCSEs and A levels), or equivalent qualifications or vocational experience. Previous science qualifications (e.g. Biology A-level) are an advantage, but more important is an interest in laboratory work, enthusiasm, being passionate about helping people, and an ability to work with minimal supervision /as part of a team.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate good attention to detail and hand/eye co-ordination, be capable of working under pressure to tight deadlines and be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to work.

Healthcare science apprentices are expected to be friendly, caring and sensitive with the confidence to communicate with other healthcare professional colleagues. A mature and professional outlook is essential.

Everyone at BWC has a responsibility to ensure a high standard of care is delivered to our women, children and families. A kind, caring and professional attitude is required whilst considering dignity, privacy, cultural and religious needs are maintained.

We are looking for candidates who are ambitious, brave and compassionate and are able to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the apprenticeship programme.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to join Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust on this apprenticeship programme.

*Please note, as this is an apprenticeship, those already in possession of relevant degrees cannot be considered for the role.

Please ensure that you read and understand the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

We would encourage all applicants to apply early as this vacancy may close earlier than the stated closing date once we receive sufficient applications. We do not accept cv’s (with the exception of consultant posts). Please be aware that any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications.

As this post involves a regulated activity you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children and/or working with adults.

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