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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/01/2019.

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Senior Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 432-HR5441

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Biochemistry
Colchester, Colchester
Starting salary from £33,222 pa

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS organisations in the region, employing over 10,000 staff and serving a population of almost 800,000 residents. By merging Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, we can provide the latest treatments locally, and be in a stronger position to save, grow and strengthen the many hospital and community services our residents rely on.

We are an ambitious trust with a simple vision, to provide the communities we serve with excellent healthcare and build a better future for the people of east Suffolk and North Essex. To help us do this, we will work closely with our local partners to deliver more of the joined-up services and care our residents need.

We want the best staff. You want to make a difference.

For our staff and our patients we have the same philosophy: time matters. This new way of working will remove unnecessary stress and frustration caused by the systems we use and the way we work. We will concentrate on removing or improving the things we do that don't work for our patients. For our staff, this means more time to care for patients and greater opportunities to develop skills and experience.

To be the best, we need to attract and keep the best staff. Our size puts us in a strong position to grow, providing more of the latest services. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training. Support from technology and logistics will help us see patients at the right time.

So if your ambition matches ours, its time to work together.

Please note that once this advert closes, your application form will be moved to the Trusts' recruitment system, TRAC and therefore all email correspondence will be sent via the TRAC system.

We are seeking to recruit a band 7 Senior Clinical Biochemist from September for a fixed term of 12 months to provide cover for maternity leave.


Ideally you will already have HCPC registration and at least 1 year experience at band 7, but applications will be considered from Final year STP trainees due to complete in September and eligible for registration this year.


The Pathology services are provided across 2 trusts – West Suffolk Foundation Trust and East Sulfolk and North Essex Foundation Trust -operating as North East Essex and Suffolk Pathology Services (NEESPS) which was formed last year following the dissolution of The Pathology Partnership (TPP).


East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) was recently formed by the merger of Colchester Hospital University NHS foundation Trust and Ipswich Hospital trust.


The post holder will be based at Colchester but will be expected to work on the Ipswich site at least one day per week and may occasionally be required to travel to West Suffolk Hospital hence the ability to drive would be an advantage.


You will be working in the Biochemistry department with our current establishment of Two Consultant Chemical pathologists, Two Consultant Clinical Biochemists and 1 Principal Clinical Biochemist and providing maternity leave cover for our permanent band 7 Senior Clinical Biochemist. We also have an STP trainee completing their first year of the training programme. We are hoping to increase this establishment and it is possible that there will be future opportunities for the right candidate.


You will be expected to contribute to the duty biochemist rota at the Colchester and Ipswich sites and to undertake projects contributing to accreditation, service development and turnaround of the newly formed organisations.


You will share a spacious office with the Principal and trainee Biochemists and will have your own desk space and computer.


You will be expected to complete mandatory training and CPD requirements will be given support in preparing for FRCPath etc



For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Catherine Street BSc MSc PhD FRCPath EuSpLM


Consultant Clinical Biochemist and Head of Department


Biochemistry Clinical Speciality lead NEESPS


Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Essex


North East Essex and Suffolk Pathology Services | Blood Sciences Department |


Colchester General Hospital | Turner Road | C04 5JL | Telephone: 01206 748332 / 01206 742415|


Email: or

This vacancy is open to all applicants, although priority will be given to exisiting NHS At Risk employees working in Essex and Suffolk who meet the essential criteria (excluding all medical recruitment).

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria. When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Tier 2 Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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