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Healthcare Scientist (Biomedical Scientist (BMS))

Job Reference: 234-18-CS1806-A

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich
£23,023 - £29,608 per annum

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team.

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:

People-focused: We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.

Respect: We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.

Integrity: We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.

Dedication: We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.

Excellence: We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital.

Wish you were here..? Take a look at our recruitment brochure under the 'Further links' section to find out more about our Hospital and what we have to offer

The Eastern Pathology Alliance is formed from three Pathology Laboratories based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn.

The Laboratory at NNUH provides a large range of Blood Sciences services comprising Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion, Immunology and Toxicology. The service provides analysis of a range of compounds present in serum and analysis of cells of the blood using automated processes to support the Acute Trust and Primary Care Trusts requirements. In addition the transfusion service analyses blood groups and cross matches blood to be issued for transfusions.

We have exciting opportunities for HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists who have experience of working as independent practitioners with skills in Haematology and Transfusion Science and who are able to perform a range of analyses in Haematology Automation, Coagulation, Microscopy, Transfusion Science and Reception Services. There is an expectation that the post holder will participate in the delivery of a 24/7 laboratory service.

We will also welcome applications from graduates who have completed an IBMS accredited biomedical sciences degree and currently in a trainee BMS role ( Please refer to attached job descriptions ).

Please note, this post will be offered initially as a one year fixed term contract subject to completion of the HCPC registration portfolio and attainment of a satisfactory level of competency and participation on 24/7 shift roster.

The post will be based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

As post holder, following training you will:

    • run daily test procedures on all methodologies to include calibration and quality control testing and to sign off as fit for clinical use
    • be responsible for processing both urgent and routine work to maintain routine turnaround times in line with Trust and Service policies
    • fault find equipment and analyser function after formal in-house training
    • explain results and reassure the users that the information is correct after seeking advice when results do not agree with clinical presentation
    • be responsible for inputting and amending patient data and results, which includes other colleagues work
    • assist in the education and training of Medical staff, Clinical Scientists, other Biomedical Scientists, Trainee Biomedical Scientists, MLA’s and visiting students as required within their specialised area
    • demonstrate on-going competence to practice by attending courses, lectures, mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and other training activities.
    • Work towards completion of IBMS specialist portfolio in haematology and transfusion.

You will be required to participate in a 24/7 service following training and competency assessment.

Full time: 37.5 hours per week. You will be required to participate in a 24/7 service following training and competency assessment.

Interview date: 7th March 2019

Open for applications: 6th February 2019

Close for applications: 20th February 2019

For further details / informal visits contact:

Alistair Macartney - Chief BMS Haematology

Tel: 01603 287113


The Job Description provides details of responsibilities and requirements for this role. Please use your supporting statement to demonstrate how you meet the person specification.

DBS: If this post involves working with children or vulnerable adults the application form will ask for information regarding previous convictions as you will be required to undertake a Criminal Record and Barring Check known as a DBS check.

If you are a new employee or registering with the Staff Bank you will need to meet the cost of this unless your salary is less than point 9 of AfC.

NHS Service: Should you be appointed to the post we will need to establish any previous NHS service via the ESR IAT and we will accept the submission of your application as your agreement to this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship – (not apprenticeships): We are pleased to consider applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK but it is unlikely that we would be able to appoint if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available.

UK Registration: You will need to have current UK professional registration where this is a requirement of the role.

Application: All our communication with you regarding your application will be by e-mail so please check your e-mails (and Spam) regularly.

We value equality in our team and recruit from all sections of the community. We recognise there is a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and if you meet the minimum criteria detailed in the person specification and have a disability, you may wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme by indicating this in the relevant section on your application.

Data Protection: A privacy notice detailing how we will handle your data is attached to this advert as a document. Your application will be transferred to our recruitment management system (Trac) once the advert has closed and you will receive notification then detailing how Trac will handle your data.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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