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Trainee Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 425-A-19-26430

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Chemistry
£28,050 to £36,644 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an internal candidate with laboratory experience to train as a Clinical Scientist in the Department of Clinical Chemistry. The department is split into three sections; Acute, Metabolic, and Newborn Screening. The laboratory provides diagnostic testing for the Trust as well as for national and international healthcare institutions.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake training in all sections of the laboratory, completing and assisting with work in each section as appropriate. There will also be a requirement to visit and undertake training in other laboratories within the UK.

It is expected that the individual will be self-motivated and will work towards and achieve registration with the HCPC as a ‘Clinical Scientist’, in Clinical Biochemistry, within specified timeframes. This may require completion of additional training courses, including some or all modules of an appropriate MSc degree. Please note that funding for courses is unlikely to be provided by the department and so may have to be paid for by the individual themselves.

There are two options available for accreditation, depending on the individual’s background:

1) IBMS Clinical Scientist Certificate of Attainment (Experiential Route)

The IBMS is now able to recognise high-level practice at the scientific/clinical interface by offering an experiential route to HCPC registration as a clinical scientist. Applicants do not have to be members of the IBMS but are expected to be experienced Biomedical Scientists with a high level of expertise and specialisation. The individual must already hold an MSc.

The experiential route will require an applicant to satisfy the IBMS Assessment Panel in their portfolio of evidence that they meet the HCPC standards of proficiency for clinical scientists. This can be demonstrated through a combination of education, training and experience that has already been gained in their professional practice.

2) Association of Clinical Scientists Certificate of Attainment - (‘Route Two’)

The registration requirement is as follows – “The possession of a first or second class Honours degree in a science subject appropriate to a clinical science modality awarded by a Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom or other equivalent approved qualification and further significant postgraduate training and experience including experience in the role of a supervised pre-registration scientist working in one of the clinical science modalities. This total experience must be demonstrated by interview and assessment of a portfolio of evidence of training and experience to confirm attainment of the approved Competences”.

Applicants must state on their application form which of the above routes they would like to undertake. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check against registration information provided by the two organisations that they meet the appropriate criteria before applying for this role.

All communication throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and NHS Jobs account regularly. References are also requested by email (where possible). Therefore, to speed up the recruitment process please provide an email address for all referees when completing your application form.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If a DBS check is required for the post you are applying for any offer of employment will be provisional on a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

In line with other NHS Organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region a successful candidate appointed into a post within this Trust will be required to pay the DBS check fee (£49). This is customarily payable over 4 months as a salary deduction once employed by the Trust. If you receive a conditional offer letter, complete your DBS application and later withdraw from the recruitment process, an invoice will be raised via the Trust's finance department to recoup the outlay.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy is committed to treating all individuals equally irrespective of age, race, social background, gender, sexual preference, colour, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, marital status, religion or trade union membership.

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies earlier than originally stated, if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust do not reimburse any incurred interview expenses.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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

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