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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/12/2020.

Senior Biomedical Scientist in Point of Care Testing (POCT)

Job Reference: 304-A-20-99897

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
£38,890 to £44,503

“Defined by our people”

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, employing over 20,000 staff and treating over 2.8 million people per year. We have more than 2,700 beds across all our sites with the main hospital services being based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and other services based at Birmingham Chest Clinic and Solihull community health premises.

As the Trust is a multi-site organisation you may be required to work at any of the Trust sites and you may need to change your normal place of work, either temporarily or on a permanent basis, as a result of development or reorganisation of Trust services.

UHB has an international reputation for its quality of care, information technology, clinical education and training and research and provides a wide range of services including highly specialised regional and national services. The Trust is a designated Major Trauma Centre, operates Europe’s largest Critical Care Unit and Organ Transplant Service and, through its hosting of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, provides a full range of medical services to injured military personnel.

Our core purposes are excellent clinical quality, patient experience, workforce, research and innovation and our vision is “To Build Healthier Lives”.

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There is currently a vacancy for a Senior Biomedical Scientist post to work within the expanding POCT team at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) i.e. Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals. POCT also provide services to other smaller sites and community. The 37 ½ hours will be worked primarily between Monday to Friday.

We are inviting applications from experienced, motivated, and enthusiastic HCPC registered candidates to support our friendly and hardworking team in POCT.

The post requires an experienced HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with the IBMS Specialist portfolio and a relevant MSc. Applicants also need to be able to demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge and competence, good interpersonal skills and evidence of involvement in laboratory technical projects or developments. Previous experience of working in POCT and involvement in preparation of ISO documentation desired.

The role includes management of a wide range of POCT analysers/ devices and the maintenance, training, competency, quality assurance and governance of these devices.

Our POCT department has a wide range of equipment spread across multiple sites including blood gas analysers, Glucose/Ketone meters, Urine pregnancy and Urinalysis readers, INR, D- Dimer, HbA1c, Hb , TEG, ROTEM, Flu testing analysers etc., many of which are interfaced to electronic patient records via cobas IT 1000 and Poccelerator.

The successful candidate will be involved in the management of the POCT team whilst maintaining the current level of POCT service and leading service development including verification of equipment, auditing, and reviewing of documents to help towards UKAS accreditation (ISO 15189/22780).

You will help to deliver technical excellence and drive forward change in this busy department. We are committed to personal and professional development and this will be encouraged and supported. There will also be opportunities to be involved in the wider management of the department along with various projects.

This is an opportunity to join a friendly well motivated team and we would encourage you to contact us to discuss the post further or to arrange an informal visit.

For further information please contact Jessie Raju on 0121 424 7254 / 0184

Dr Jessie Raju, Principal Clinical Biochemist and POCT Lead -


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