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(Genomics) Healthcare Science Assistant Band 3 & 4

Job Reference: 284-19-DWJI-1001

Employer:
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
Genetics Lab
Location:
Birmingham Women's Hospital
Salary:
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If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.


Band 3- £18,813-£20,795

Band 4- £21,089-£23,761

Following the recent NHS England announcement designating seven national Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs) to create a world class genomics laboratory service, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen for Healthcare Science Assistants (AfC Band 3 and 4), both permanent and fixed term, to work within the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. We are recruiting for both current vacancies and pre-emptively for future positions that may become available.

The West Midland Regional Genetics Laboratory is the designated GLH working with the Genomic Local Laboratory Network (GLLN) for the Wessex, Oxford and West Midlands Genomics Consortium (WWMGC) serving 11 million people across the region, almost one fifth of the population.

The GLHs will be an integral part of the national Genomic Medicine Service providing state of the art, high quality genomic analysis to patients with rare disease and/or cancer. The pace of change is exponential with Genomics being placed at the heart of the future NHS. Our workforce will be fundamental to the successful delivery of this ambitious and high profile service.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals committed to a career in laboratory diagnostic genetics to join our dynamic team. Healthcare Science Assistant posts are available across our technical hubs, and provide valuable technical support within a laboratory setting.

The band 3 HCSA posts are entry level laboratory posts where previous experience is desirable but not essential; whereas to be considered for the band HCSA 4 posts previous practical laboratory experience is an essential requirement. All posts are rotational throughout the Technical Programme as the service requires and full competence based training will be given. The WMRGL has an excellent record as a training laboratory offering training across all levels of the healthcare science career pathway.

Applicants will have at least two A-levels in science (including Biology) or equivalent qualifications, an interest in genetics in a clinical laboratory environment and a desire to work in a laboratory-based role performing genetic laboratory techniques to deliver patient care. Previous experience of working in a laboratory would be beneficial for all posts.

WMRGL currently performs in excess of 70,000 tests per annum employing over 230 scientific, technical and support staff in service delivery and research. The laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory (no. 8176) and is part of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre in the 100,000 genome project.

 

Over the last 5 years WMRGL has significantly expanded its research portfolio, securing over £5 million of R&D funding for projects covering a diverse spectrum of genetic disorders including cancer, developmental delay, and prenatal testing for genetic abnormalities. The laboratory is one of three Technology Hubs for the Cancer Research UK Stratified Medicine Programme. WMRGL also hosts the Central England Haemato-oncology Research Biobank (CEHRB). We work closely with our Clinical Genetics Service, Birmingham Health Partners and the University of Birmingham, and with diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.

Appointment will be dependent on qualifications and experience. The successful candidates will be team players looking to expand their knowledge and experience in a diagnostic genetics laboratory and be capable of working to tight deadlines. Full competence based training will be given. We are very much committed to continuous development and have an active seminar programme available to all staff.

Birmingham Women's & Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment, to every member of staff and to all potential employees. The Trust aims to build a workforce which is valued and whose diversity reflects the communities it serves, enabling it to deliver the best possible healthcare service to those communities.

Informal enquiries welcome, please contact Michelle Owen on 0121 3358036. Please apply online at jobs.nhs.uk, under Job Reference:

Closing Date: 26th August 2019 Interview Dates: 24th/25th September 2019

Applicants will be expected to be available to start as soon as possible, pending required clearances.

Note to applicants: We require references that cover the last three years of employment and you must name a current / most recent line manager or supervisor as a referee. Family friends or colleagues will not be accepted. Please include full reference contact details including correct email addresses as failure to do so will result in a delay in the pre-employment process if you are successful.




Please ensure that you read and understand the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

We would encourage all applicants to apply early as this vacancy may close earlier than the stated closing date once we receive sufficient applications. We do not accept cv’s (with the exception of consultant posts). Please be aware that any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside 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 Border Agency 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 Border Agency website.

As this post involves a regulated activity you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and the disclosure, where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children or working with adults or both.

*Please read additional documents attcahed relating to probation period and Brexit*


Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants



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