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Biomedical Scientist

Band 5

Main area
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital
Stoke on Trent
£27,055 - £32,934 PA
Salary period
05/10/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist Band 5

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our friendly and dedicated team in the Biochemistry department.

This post is based at Royal Stoke University Hospital, but successful candidates are also expected to provide cover as required at County Hospital, Stafford.

You must be HCPC registered with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent) preferably with post registration experience in Biochemistry.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of working in a fast-paced environment offering a wide variety of diagnostic tests and to expand and develop your existing knowledge and skills. The successful candidate will be expected to rotate through all sections of the laboratory performing a wide range of duties and providing support to the Senior Biomedical Scientist team.


Main duties of the job

Clinical Biochemistry at UHNM is the lead provider site as part of the North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Service (NMCPS).

Following the NHS Improvement initiative to establish 29 Pathology Networks, the University Hospitals of North Midlands has been working in partnership with Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust (MCHFT) and East Cheshire Trust (ECT), namely Cheshire Pathology Service for the past two years to form this Pathology Network.

The Biochemistry Department at UHNM is based on 2 sites; the main hub laboratory is at the Royal Stoke Hospital with an essential services laboratory situated at County Hospital Stafford which was refurbished in 2016.

The Royal Stoke laboratory provides a 24 hour service and it is expected that you will participate in the departmental shift system (AfC terms and conditions) after a suitable period of training.

The Biochemistry laboratory is UKAS accredited (9351) against ISO15189-2012.

The main hub Laboratory has a total laboratory automation solution providing a wide range of routine and specialist diagnostic services with Siemens Atellica CM/IM modules linked to a Siemens Aptio track. Further standalone platforms include Siemens Centaur XP’s, Immulite XPi, SEBIA electrophoresis, BN11 Nephelometer, Tosoh G11 HPLC and a Shimadzu mass spectrometer LCMS-8050 system.


Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.


We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.


Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. We offer a range of options for our staff to help maintain a good work-life balance including full time, part time hours and bank hours. We are also committed to offering flexible working wherever we can and where relevant to the role and the service, agile working. You can select your preferences upon application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information on this vacancy, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification or contact the Hiring Manager.

Person specification

Qualifications and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Relevant degree approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Registration Portfolio
  • Registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of relevant laboratory data management systems
  • Knowledge of relevant quality procedures
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Understanding of data protection and data quality
Desirable criteria
  • Detailed understanding of normal physiology & pathology of disease to apply the knowledge to speciality diagnosis
  • Part-completion or prepared to complete IBMS Specialist Portfolio or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Working in a laboratory environment
  • Using Pathology IT systems
  • Working in a team and alone
  • Training, inducting and supporting junior staff
Desirable criteria
  • Working (within speciality) in busy Pathology laboratory
  • Maintenance on a variety of equipment
  • Supervising/managing support grade staff
  • Working within NHS

Skills and Ability

Essential criteria
  • Intermediate and accurate IT skills
  • Good manual dexerity and hand-eye coordination for accuracy and fine adjustment of equipment
  • Good written communication skills
  • Analytical skills with the ability to work in a methodical and sytematic way
  • Abilities to meet requirements of job description
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced skills in use of computers with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Evidence of team working and team leading skills
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and application of quality systems with particular reference to CPA/UKAS

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Brian Cameron
Job title
Biochemistry Lead BMS
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674236