Offerd Salary:£23,949 - £26,282
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Contract Type:12 month fixed term
Working Time:Full time
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Associate Practitioner Band 4

Main area

Laboratory Medicine/Biochemistry


Band 4


Fixed term: 12 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£23,949 - £26,282 pa

Salary period



07/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our UKAS accredited department of laboratory medicine to become Associate Practitioners. This is an exciting opportunity to broaden your experience – working in a modern and well-equipped laboratory, providing an extensive repertoire of investigations.

The Biochemistry team is a diverse group of all different grades of Scientist, working together to further healthcare and provide the best service possible for patients.

  • As part of the role you will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, including flexible cover of weekends and bank holidays.
  • Southampton Biochemistry lab is one of the largest labs in the area and provides a significant amount of specialist testing.
  • Our service is always expanding and looking to make improvements.
  • Main duties of the job

    Initial training will be in clinical biochemistry, with future pathology training given as required by the needs of the service.

  • You will make critical decisions about workflow
  • You will perform complex manual testing of specialist samples
  • You will be the voice of Biochemistry and communicate with wards and Doctors
  • You will contribute to providing a high quality service which consistently delivers on its turnaround times for critical samples.
  • There may be the opportunity for applicants holding an IBMS approved Biomedical Science degree to complete their registration portfolio. The department is fully committed to your continued professional and personal development; the diverse training we can offer you will maximise your future employment and promotion prospects.

    This is a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave. The role you will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, including flexible cover of weekends and bank holidays

    Working for our organisation

    What we can offer you

    As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

    All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

    Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    You will need to be:

  • an excellent communicator
  • well organised
  • enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Flexible and willing to adapt
  • ready to take a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare delivery
  • prepared to be challenged
  • Additional Information

    Interviews will be held on Thursday, 15 December 2022. These will be held by Microsoft Teams

    Should a significant number of quality candidates apply we will close the advert early.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • GCSE level A to C or equivalent in at least two from Maths, English and Science or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 3 Health (Pathology Support Worker) plus additional laboratory experience or Foundation Degree in Laboratory Sciences or equivalent
  • Desirable criteria
  • IT qualification or previous knowledge of hospital IT systems
  • Completion of an internal multi-disciplinary laboratory training course
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • To work flexible hours as determined by the needs of the service
  • Able to work under reduced supervision when working out-of-hours or undertaking point-of-care testing
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Able to handle biological samples in both closed and open containers
  • Has working knowledge of principles of patient confidentiality
  • Desirable criteria
  • Good work/life balance
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Previous experience in laboratory work.
  • Previous experience with operating laboratory analysers
  • Previous experience with manual analytical techniques
  • Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in an NHS environment.
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Keyboard skills
  • Literate and numerate
  • Articulate
  • Able to follow laboratory procedures.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Able to work as a member of a team and on own initiative
  • Work and remain calm under pressure to meet daily deadlines
  • Enthusiastic, motivated
  • Cheerful/pleasant disposition, able to deal with patient contact which may occasionally be emotionally upsetting or stressful
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 240.9KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 207.2KB)
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    Sarah Doherty

    Job title

    Section lead

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