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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/07/2021.

Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Band 6

Job Reference: 323-KPH585

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lyne Chertsey KT16 0PZ UK
£32,933 - £39,681 pa Inc. HCAS

Our vision at Ashford & St Peter’s is to provide an outstanding experience and outcomes for patients and staff.

There has never been a better time to join us in the NHS at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We provide acute and planned inpatient and outpatient care for our local community with a strong commitment to staff health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing continuous professional development, staff benefits and flexibility to shape our workforce around our patient care.

Specialist BMS Virology (Band 6) – 37.5 hrs per week

The Virology Department at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey (Berkshire Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS), has an opportunity for a band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist. If an appropriate band 6 (holds IBMS virology/microbiology specialist diploma or demonstrable evidence of equivalent experience) cannot be found, we will consider an eligible band 5 State Registered Biomedical Scientist

The department is a large and busy hub laboratory serving the five hospitals that make up Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS). BSPS is formed by St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital, Wexham Park Hospital and Royal Berkshire Hospital. It currently provides diagnostic pathology services for these five hospitals and the surrounding GPs serving a population of over 2 million people. Current activity for BSPS is approximately 23 million tests a year with a workforce of 670 staff. The laboratory is UKAS accredited to ISO 15189 and is well equipped with a number of analysers. These include Abbott Architect, Hologic Panther and Panther Fusion, Diasorin Liaison, Vidas, Elite InGenius. The laboratory opening hours are 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 1pm on Saturday’s.

You will, with the Senior BMS, be responsible for the participating in the organisation and performance of all aspects of the Virology service provided by the Virology Department for BSPS recently established within BSPS. You will, with the Senior and Lead BMS, be responsible for participating in and managing the departments training and competency.

You must be keen to embrace new ways of working and develop your knowledge and skills in order to grow in the role. You will be working with the Virology senior team to ensure a co-ordinated and effective service is provided by best use of staff and resources to continue to provide a service to UKAS ISO 15189 standards.

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and well-motivated candidate with appropriate qualifications and/or relevant experience to join the team of the Virology department for Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS). We are looking for a candidate who has experience in Virology/Microbiology and laboratory skills for the accurate and safe use of laboratory equipment and reagents. To be successful the candidate, as well as being friendly and reliable, will need a flexible attitude towards work with good organisational skills, attention to detail and communication. They must have the ability to work under pressure and work well within a team.

Our staff benefit from a strong commitment to training and development, minimum 27 days holiday, access to a final salary pension scheme, flexible working, subsidised restaurant facilities and childcare facilities (onsite Nursery).


You must demonstrate motivation and interest for joining this busy expanding Virology Department. This is If you would like further information, please contact Gemma Brahams on 01932 723049.


Closing date: 25th July. The Trust may close any advertised post before the stated closing date once enough applications are received. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible. We will consider experienced state registered band 5 BMS.

Interview date: 3rd August.


Where to find us:

Our main sites are Ashford Hospital, TW15 3AA near to Heathrow Airport and St Peter’s Hospital, KT16 0RQ which is close to junction 11, M25. We also operate services at Woking Bradley Unit and Milford Hospital. A free shuttle bus service operates between Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals.

Staff Benefits

Flexible working: We want all staff to have a good life/work balance and we will support you to have a working pattern that meets your needs and helps us to provide our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients.

We are Ofsted registered day nurseries at Ashford and St Peter’s sites, catering for children from 3 months to 5 years, and half-term play-schemes for primary school age children, open from 8am to 6pm.

We have car parking on all our sites and a new multi-storey car park on the St Peter’s site. We have onsite accommodation in shared flats or houses.

The NHS Pension scheme helps you to build your pension for when you retire. You receive tax relief on the contributions you make while you are working and the Trust makes a financial contribution as well. The NHS pension scheme has benefits that will support you and your family when you retire.

Career pathways: we support our staff to develop their careers and will ensure that you can access support, training and development to progress and fulfil your potential at ASPH

Find our more in our Guide for Applicants.

Coronavirus update:

We are reviewing our recruitment and on-boarding processes on a regular basis to ensure we are following the guidelines from Public Health England (PHE). Interviews will be virtual wherever possible.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your application will be transferred into our third party recruitment system, the HireLab. You will receive an email inviting you to log into the HireLab and you will be able to monitor the progress of your application, pre-employment checks and on-boarding.


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