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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Job Reference: 188-OTH1716

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

We’re looking for motivated, experienced and enthusiastic HCPC registered Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join The Microbiology Department at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust (UHS).


In September 2018 the Microbiology Service became part of UHS’s Pathology Department. This is an exciting time to join us as we move forwards in developing the department within the NHS trust and across the region. The department processes over 600,000 specimens per annum and employs over 70 staff. It provides a comprehensive 24/7 service covering bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology, and has a well-equipped molecular facility. This includes a newly developed SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic service. The Laboratory is currently UKAS accredited to ISO 15189. There is a wide range of equipment throughout the department including MALDI-TOF, Sedimax, BacT/Alert, BD MGIT, Serosep Enteric-bio, GeneXpert, Bio-Fire, Hologic Panther, Diasorin Liason and a range of extraction and PCR platforms. The department is fully committed to your continued professional and personal development, and the diverse training we can offer you will maximise your future employment and promotion prospects. The laboratory is accredited for training with the IBMS and HCPC.


  • Work as part of the laboratory team, providing a high level of Microbiological and virological analysis in order to provide patients with the highest level of diagnosis and treatment.

  • Be responsible as necessary for the efficient day-to-day running of an area in a section of the laboratory.

  • Rotate through all the different sections in the laboratory.

  • Supervise and train inexperienced BMS, trainee BMS or MLA staff.


  • Demonstrable post registration experience, including a good all round knowledge of medical microbiology or virology.

  • Someone who is able to communicate well with staff in the department and service users

  • You must be able to plan and use your own time economically and effectively

  • A high degree of motivation and enthusiasm is essential for the role

  • Commitment to and focus on quality, demonstrates high standards in all that they do

We are looking to appoint the successful candidate to band 6, but if the successful candidate does not meet the full criteria they will be recruited to band 5 and upon successful demonstration of the necessary competency and knowledge (completion of a specialist portfolio), the candidate will progress to band 6.

The expected time frame for completion of a specialist Portfolio would be a maximum of 2 years. It has been suggested therefore that if the successful candidate is a Band 5, they would be issues a fixed term contract at band 5 for 2 years and then on completion they would be given permanent Band 6 contracts.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 13 October 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rebecca Allen

Operations Manager (Microbiology)


Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


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