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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/05/2022.

Biomedical Scientist

Job Reference: 384-CO-EMF7503

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
384 PPS 496251 Histology
Guildford, Surrey
£33,922 - £40,872 pa incl. HCAS

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall ‘Good’ rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older people’s care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. We are investing in our colleagues through our health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than £45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Full Time – 37.5 hours per week
Pay Band 6 + HCAS

Full-Time permanent post available at the Surrey Histology Hub in Guildford

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced, motivated Histology BMS to join the large and friendly team at Guildford.

Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services is a joint venture between The Royal Surrey County, Frimley Health, The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Ashford St Peter's and East Surrey Hospitals with the Surrey Histology hub at the RSCH processing some 72,000 surgical specimens per annum. The department has already undergone significant mergers and re-organisation over the past 5 years in line with NHS Improvement guidance and no further mergers are in the pipeline.

The Surrey hub laboratory is a modern and spacious facility, custom built and recently refurbished, just off the A3 in Guildford. We have a team of 30 Biomedical Scientists and 21 support staff and seek BMS staff with histology experience and the IBMS Registration Portfolio. We can offer Band 5 or Band 6 roles depending on experience and would look to support IBMS Specialist portfolios for those who do not hold such a qualification.

Applicants applying to the HCPC for consideration of registration based on foreign experience may be considered, however previous applicants need not apply.

The department supports St Luke's Cancer Centre, a regional centre providing complex cancer surgery and radiotherapy and performs over 400 frozen sections per annum. There is an expansive Immunohistochemistry service, supported by new state of the art Roche Diagnostics Ultra platforms, encompassing over 140 antibodies, skin immunofluorescence and in-situ hybridisation with a projected 50,000 tests per year. The department acts as a secondary referral centre for Her-2 ISH and performs PDL-1 testing for the region. The department was instrumental in the introduction of OSNA into the UK and has recently undergone a £300k upgrade to the latest OSNA equipment and offers the per-operative technique at all 3 Surrey sites and full training will be given in this ground-breaking technique.

In 2020, the department automated special staining with the introduction of Roche Benchmark SS and also introduced highly automated H&E staining via Roche HE600. Specimen tracking (Vantage) is in the pre-implementation stage and the department has signed contractual agreements to fully digitise the service with implementation expected within 9-12 months.

All training is supported by Histology Training Officer. The department has extensive and recent experience of IBMS Specialist Portfolio completion and staff progression. The department actively encourages Specialist Portfolio completion as well as supporting the IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma and Certificates of Expert practice with development towards leadership roles supported should a candidate wish to progress in that direction. There are also opportunities to study for online MSc modules via BioMed Online once trained to the appropriate level and as funding is released.

The department supports advanced practice in histological dissection and BMS reporting with multiple staff holding IBMS diploma in such areas. Dissection training is offered to all staff as part of their usual rotations with advanced practice usually commencing within the first year. The department has introduced BMS triage of certain specimens to request IHC and companion diagnostics and full training in tissue recognition and associate advanced practice is supported and provided.

The post will be largely based at the RSCH in Guildford, with occasional rotation to one of the other BSPS Surrey Histopathology sites at Frimley Park, St Peter’s/Ashford  or East Surrey Hospital. We welcome applications from enthusiastic scientist who wish to be part of a technically advanced and cutting edge histology service and who wish to advance their own skills.

For more information regarding this advert, or to arrange an informal visit the laboratory, contact Tareq Ansari, Deputy Lead BMS on x4837/ or James Woodland (Lead BMS) on x2602/

The Royal Surrey is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made for any candidates with a disability. The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding policy for both adults and children and is committed to all safeguarding legislation and current standards.

The closing date given is a guide only. There may be occasions when we close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. Please submit your application as early as possible to avoid regret. Please check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you during the recruitment process. If you have not heard from us within three weeks after the closing date, this usually means that your application was not successful. In submitting an application, you authorise Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

The Trust aims to treat all applicants fairly in regards to any disclosure of conviction revealed at the application stage. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. If you currently reside outside of the UK we will require documentary proof of security/police clearance, in English.

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