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Biomedical Support Worker

Job Reference: 249-DO-D0545(A)

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Specimen Reception
£17,460 to £18,702 pa

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon is proud to have a team of highly skilled, kind and compassionate staff that deliver high quality care for our patients. The Trust provides acute services from the Great Western Hospital and community healthcare services across Swindon. We are an ambitious and progressive Foundation Trust, committed to continuing our quality journey so that we can exceed our patient’s expectations.

We have recently been successful in our bid for £30 million of national funding to develop an Integrated Front Door, expand our Emergency Department, purchase land for potential expansion and to help us develop new models of care, such as an intensive rehabilitation offer. And we have many more ambitious plans. This is a great and exciting milestone which will help us to maintain quality and safety for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas over the coming years.

Biomedical Support Worker - Band 2 (Part-time up to 32.5 hours per week)

The Blood Sciences Laboratory at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work within our Specimen Reception Service in our friendly team of Biomedical Support Workers. The Specimen Reception service is a busy pre-analytical sample receipt and processing section within the main Blood Sciences Laboratory handling around 2000 patient specimens each day.

As a Biomedical Support Worker you will be an integral part of the laboratory team ideally with previous experience in a Pathology lab or a high throughput environment, however full training will be provided to undertake this demanding but rewarding role. Candidates should be accurate, proactive and self-motivated with excellent communication and organisational skills.

This post is part time up to 32.5 hours per week and ideally the successful candidate will work from 3.30pm to 10.30pm Monday to Friday with a 30 minute break however this may be open to some negotiation for the right candidate. Consideration may also be given to a job share between two part time candidates if the individuals can make up the required shift times. The successful candidate will work weekends and Bank Holidays on a rotational basis.

The Great Western Hospital has modern facilities and is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds in the bustling town of Swindon with easy access to the M4 corridor and excellent transport links to the open countryside. There is an on-site restaurant, crèche facilities and a choice of coffee/tea outlets. The laboratory has its own rest area just along the corridor from the department. The laboratory uses the Winpath laboratory information system and the Q-Pulse quality management system. An understanding of ISO 15189 standards such as Quality Improvement, Health & Safety and Audits is desirable.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their application early as the post will close once sufficient applications have been received.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Mick Stevens, Specimen Reception Supervisor on 01793 604291

All correspondance in relation to your appliaction is via NHS jobs; any emails may default to your Junk inbox. Check your Junk file for any updates on your application.


Working in healthcare is rewarding and we will work with you to maximize your potential. All we ask in return is that you live by our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect.

  • We invest in your training and development to pursue a successful and fulfilling career in healthcare.
  • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered in the UK.
  • Permanent staff receive at least 27 days' holiday each year, a generous pension, plus other benefits including flexible working options and exclusive discounts.
  • Bank workers receive one extra hours pay for every 12 hours worked in place of annual leave entitlement, plus other benefits including pension.
  • We offer an onsite Nursery and are one of the first employers in the country to offer 30 hours of free childcare a week subject to eligibility.

Application information:

The vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications are received.

All new starters with the Trust will be subject to a six month probationary period, with the exception of medical and dental candidates.

Current employees should be aware that this position is advertised as a GWH position and appointment ends any TUPE protection.

All candidates are required to pay for their own DBS check where applicable. Standard DBS check costs £26 and will be recovered from your first pay; Enhanced DBS check costs £44 and will be split and recovered over the first 2 pay.

Bank posts requiring a DBS check; payment must be made prior to commencing.

Apprentices are exempt from payment.

GWH NHS Foundation Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to safer recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team.

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Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

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