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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/09/2020.

Associate Practitioner

Job Reference: 185-A-20-89717

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Microbiology
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

Microbiology Associate Practitioner (Agenda for Change Band 4) (Full-time Permanent Contract)

We are delighted to be able to recruit to an Associate Practitioner position to work within the Clinical Microbiology department of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The Clinical Microbiology Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is part of the Pathology service providing a diagnostic Microbiology service to the Trust and community. This forward thinking hospital is situated on the edge of Dartmoor in the city of Exeter with easy access to the M5 corridor and excellent transport links to the open countryside and Devon coastline. There is an on-site restaurant, crèche facilities and a choice of coffee/tea outlets. The laboratory has its own rest areas within the department.

As the complexity of our workload expands we are now seeking an enthusiastic Associate Practitioner with good interpersonal skills and a high degree of self-motivation to join the team. As part of the team you will be working in a busy high throughput environment, Your role will be to assist our Biomedical Scientists within the laboratory, duties will include support staff training and supervision, equipment and stock management and undertaking laboratory testing. This position will be predominantly based in the molecular department, overseeing the covid-19 testing in conjunction with all other molecular tests e.g. CT/GC, viral loads and infection control markers.

A post is available working a 37.5 hours per week, with core hours from 09:00 -17:30 Monday to Friday. Working on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, on a rotational basis, is also required for this post. This post will also require participation in the covid-19 shift system (07:00 - 00:00), with a future requirement to participate in a shift system which aims to deliver a 24/7 service.

Salary: Agenda for Change Band 4 (£21,892 - £24,157 pro rata). Time worked on a Saturday accrues a pay enhancement of 30% and time worked on a Sunday or Bank Holiday accrues an enhancement of 60%.

Please note this vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received.


For more information please contact Emma Hallett, Microbiology Services Manager, on 01392 402974.

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


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