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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/11/2020.

Bracknell Lighthouse Lab - Senior Scientist

Job Reference: 193-BLLSS7

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Testing Laboratory
£40,681 - £46,294

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…….

The COVID-19 pandemic affects all our communities, now is the time for us to come together to truly make a difference. To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly expanded its laboratory capacity and staffing. As a result a new COVID-19 Lighthouse Testing Laboratory will be opening in Bracknell. The laboratory will be managed by Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services, which is the first to be run by the NHS. BSPS is a large and established pathology network operating across Royal Berkshire, Royal Surrey, Frimley Health and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts.

We are currently recruiting for Senior Scientists to help us achieve our target of running tens of thousands of tests every day.

As an experienced scientist in molecular/virology fields, the post holder is expected to use their knowledge and skills and act with a degree of autonomy in providing a COVID-19 testing service. The position is under the overall direction of the Clinical Lead for the service and the post holder is expected to work in support of the Lead Scientist in the provision of the required service. The post holder will assist in managing the junior staff in the department.

The post holder will be required to:

  • Assist in the provision of a COVID-19 testing service
  • Maintain the highest possible standards of scientific work appropriate for a comprehensive, efficient and cost effective COVID-19 testing service
  • Be aware of current and developments in professional standards and national policies that pertain to the delivery of COVID-19 testing services
  • Assist when required in scientific development, evaluation, audit and research both within the specialty and with clinicians and scientists in the wider organisation
  • Manage junior staff

Successful candidates need to have a Biomedical Science / Medical Microbiology / Virology or equivalent academic qualification, relevant IBMS Specialist Diploma and evidence of continuing professional development. It is desirable to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) but not essential.

Previous experience of working in a relevant laboratory at a senior level is essential, preferably molecular or virology, with a proven track record of training and supervising staff. There is a requirement for a good grasp of Health & Safety issues, COSHH, ISO & quality issues. It would be advantageous to have experience of laboratory computer systems.

It is essential to have the ability to communicate clearly with precise attention to detail. It is important to be able to work under own initiative and without direct supervision within responsibilities of role.

The laboratory will be operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week; therefore successful candidates need to be able to work on a shift pattern, each shift comprising of 12 hours, 8am – 8pm / 8pm – 8am.

In return you will be offered:

  • Full time employment, 37.5 hours per week (part time opportunities are available, however on the defined hours)
  • Secure environment of a fixed term contract until 31st December 2021
  • Additional benefits of working with the NHS
  • Be part of something special – this is the first Lighthouse Lab run by the NHS
  • Sense of pride that you are supporting the nation and NHS in the fight against COVID

The host employing organisation will be Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The laboratory will be based at Bracknell Healthspace, Brants Bridge, Bracknell.

For further details / informal visits contact:

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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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