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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/12/2019.

Healthcare Science Assistant Band 4

Job Reference: 284-19-DWJI-1388

Employer:
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
Genetics Lab
Location:
Birmingham
Salary:
£21,089 to £23,761 pa

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.

For most roles flexible working may be considered, we would encuorage you to speak to the recruiting manager about this.


Healthcare Science Assistants

West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL)

Job ref: 284-19-DWJI-1388

AFC Band 4

Hours: Full time/Part time

A number of exciting opportunities have arisen for Healthcare Science Assistants (AfC Band 4) 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 Genomic Laboratory Hub (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.

Our GLH 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.

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. We are committed to continuous development and have an active seminar programme available to all staff.

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 practical laboratory experience is an essential requirement.

 

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.

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.

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 Emma Waldron on 0121 3358036. Please apply online at jobs.nhs.uk, under Job Reference: 284-19-DWJI-1388

Closing Date: 8th December 2019

Interview Dates: Expected to be week commencing 6th January

Notes to applicants:

The interview will consist of two parts, the first being a written test which will be scored and will take place week commencing 6th January. Candidates who are successful and pass the written test will be invited to a formal interview which will be held week commencing 13th January. Further details will be shared in the invite to interview.

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

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 where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children and/or working with adults.

In 2021 Birmingham is set to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to reduce harmful emissions, improve air quality in the city and the health of our children and young people. This is not a ‘congestion charge’ and does not apply to the vast majority of vehicles entering the city centre. Exceptions for NHS staff who earn under £30k and work in the zone are available. If you think the car you drive does not comply with the new regulations, you can begin preparations now. Simply visit the Brum Breathes website to find out more information.

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


Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration 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, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement.

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