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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2020.

Site Lead Biomedical Scientist - INTERNAL ONLY

Job Reference: 193-602347NCG8PATH

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Blood Sciences - Haematology/Blood Transfusion
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that following our recent CQC inspection we have maintained our rating of ‘Good’. The CQC reported a strong patient-centred culture with a staff committed to keeping their patients safe and encouraging them to be independent. In return patients and relatives spoke highly of the staff and how they were informed of treatment plans, and how these would affect them.

This is a great opportunity to join our clinical or non-clinical teams to create a positive and motivating environment within our trust. Come and join our team in this exciting time of change as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we put our patients at the heart of every element of health and care that we provide. The Trust works together as a community to deliver its vision which is “Working together to provide outstanding care for our community.”

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Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people……why don’t you come and join us…….


Band 8A Site Lead Biomedical Scientist

We are looking for a Site Lead Biomedical Scientist for the Blood Sciences/Transfusion Department with a desire to work as part of one of the largest NHS led Pathology Services in the South of England.

Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services was created in 2016 with the incorporation of Royal Berkshire Hospital and Surrey Pathology Services. We operate over 5 hospital sites, with Frimley Park Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital acting as the “Hub” laboratories for Blood Sciences.

We cover a large area of the South of England, spanning 5 counties and a population of circa 2 million people. The Royal Berkshire Rapid Response laboratory provides in-patient and outpatient services to The Royal Berkshire Hospital and surrounding community hospitals.

The post requires a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated person to become the Site Lead BMS within the Blood Science/Transfusion Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will be expected to organise and manage all aspects of the routine and specialised services, delivered by the Blood Sciences/Transfusion Department.

The role will involve leading a large team of Specialist BMSs, Trainee BMSs, and support staff. Your role will also include close peer collaboration within the network environment. A high level of influence and persuasion skills will be required.

You will oversee the work in a modern well equipped laboratory carrying out a range of routine and specialist Blood Sciences/Transfusion techniques. A minimum of 5 years’ experience post HCPC registration, working as a BMS in Blood Transfusion is essential and also have 3 years’ experience in a supervisory or management role in Blood Transfusion department.

You will be a Fellow or Member of the Institute of Biomedical Science and have an MSc or equivalent in Biomedical Sciences or relevant subject, and a management or leadership qualification. Chartered Scientist status would be desired.

Our laboratory is fully accredited with ISO15189, MHRA, and IBMS training status.

On occasion you may be required to work across sites to maintain quality, training and service requirements.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Ian Savill on 0118 322 7769 or /

As part of our development programme, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Henley Business School, Reading, offer a 3 year BA (Hons) in Applied Management. As a Trust, we are delighted to offer such prestigious programme which is accredited with Chartered Management Institutes . We are the only NHS Trust offering this programme and it is a unique opportunity for our staff. Normal application and acceptance process will apply for staff who want to undertake this course.

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Applications from Tier 2 candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of suitable and available EU/EEA candidates, as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test as required by the Border Immigration Authority.

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