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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Job Reference: 279-COW3093

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Haematology and Blood Transfusion
Worthing, Worthing
£28,050 - £36,644 per ann

Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people who wish to be valued for the work they do and empowered to continually improve the services we provide. Here are just some reasons to join us:

  • Outstanding – we are the only CQC-rated “Outstanding” hospital trust on the south coast of England and in April 2016 became the first multi-site acute hospital trust in the country to receive the health watchdog’s highest overall rating. (Read our CQC report)

  • Patient First – in 2015, the trust’s Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure the organisation continues to improve patient care by introducing lean management best practice at every level of the organisation.

  • We Care – and not just for our patients but for each other as well. The CQC said: “Staff we spoke with were exceptionally compassionate when talking about patients and we observed kindness not only towards patients but towards each other whilst on site.”

  • Leading organisation – Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEOs 2018) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and shared learning. “Western Sussex has the best learning culture I have seen anywhere in the NHS.” [Health Secretary, Worthing Hospital, February 2018]

  • Location, location, location – our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are all situated along the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex is one of the UK’s best places to live, boasting beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, Gatwick Airport, London and Europe.

A vacancy has arisen for a Specialist Biomedical Scientist (AfC Band 6) to become part of the team in Haematology and Blood Transfusion at the CQC reported OUTSTANDING Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust currently based at Wort hing Hospital on the south coast and within the beautiful West Sussex countryside.

Our busy Haematology and Blood Transfusion departments are staffed by a well-established, friendly and hard working team working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide a quality service to our users. The laboratory has full training status with the HCPC and IBMS. We are planning to introduce a full shift system in the near future incorporating daytime shifts within core hours (08.00 – 20.00) and overnight shifts between 20.00 – 08.00. Unsocial hours shifts will attract A4C enhanced pay rates. As part of the ongoing reconfiguration of Blood sciences you will also be expected to work in our sister hospital at St Richards, Chichester.

The department offers support and encouragement of your CPD and the opportunity to attend approved external courses when available. The laboratory is modern and well equipped including Abbott Haematology analysers, IL Top 700 and TOP 700 coagulation analysers, and Ortho Blood Grouping analysers in Transfusion. We also perform HPLC for Haemoglobinopathies using the Tosoh G8 at the Worthing Site . The Chichester site has a new, fully automated track system incorporating FBC, Chemistry and Immunoassay analysers.

After any relevant training and competency assessment you will undertake the day to day sample processing and analytical clinical investigations and technical validation of results in line with agreed quality and standard operational protocols. You will also assist with the training and instruction of other staff. You will also be given appropriate training so that you can participate in the out of hours rota or shift.


The Laboratory is currently working towards UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189, and has recently implemented Clinisys across both hospitals sites.

Post Requirements ( also as per Job description/ Job Spec)
Current HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist
Will have suitable post registration experience within a UK Pathology service Haematology / Blood Transfusion laboratory and /or an MSc and/or an IBMS specialist portfolio.


Excellent communication and organisational skills.
Excellent written and spoken English
Experience of the above mentioned analyses would be an advantage
Able to plan and priorities own workload.
IT Literate with experience of LIMS sytems .

A band 5 HCPC registered BMS will be considered at interview, with expectation to work at a band 5 level gaining Specialist Portfolio to then move into Band 6 Post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Darren Rookes 01903 205111 ext 85209


  1. If we receive a high volume of applications, we may close adverts prior to the published closing date. Therefore, we advise you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

  2. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.

  3. The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. All applicants who have a disability can opt to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme which means that providing they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, they will be offered an interview.

  4. Applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcomed and will be considered alongside all other applications. It is unlikely that the Trust will be able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test where there is a suitably qualified and skilled EU/EEA candidate available for work and in these circumstances, an overseas candidate will not be offered the post. A self-assessment for the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post applied for is available on the UKBA website.


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