Offerd Salary:£21,730 - £23,177
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Contract Type:Fixed term 18 month
Working Time:Full time
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Biomedical Support Worker Band 3

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Band 3


Permanent: 1 Fixed term 18 month contract also avalible


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£21,730 - £23,177 pa or pa pro rata

Salary period



02/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

Microbiology offers a 24/7, 365 day clinical laboratory service to UHS, GPs in the local area and specialist tests to other hospitals throughout the UK, processing over 600,000 samples a year. The department has over 90 staff, covering bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology, and has a well-equipped molecular facility.

You will be expected to work throughout all of sections of the department on a rotational basis. The department is fully committed to your continued professional and personal development, and the diverse training we can offer you will maximise your future employment and promotion prospects. The Laboratory is currently UKAS accredited to ISO 15189. The laboratory is accredited for training with the IBMS and HCPC.

We have permanent and fixed term positions available.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

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 Your Responsibilities What you'll do
  • Work throughout all of sections of the department on a rotational basis
  • Work a mixture of early, day and late shifts, and weekend and bank holidays
  • Be responsible for the reception/data entry and processing of clinical specimens, these may include a range of swabs, body fluids, and blood samples
  • Be involved in setting up a range of routine automated and manual laboratory tests
  • Assist with the quality management of the laboratory (for example quality control procedures and audit as required)
  • What we're looking for
  • Someone who is able to communicate well with staff in the department and service users
  • You must be able to plan and use your own time economically and effectively
  • A high degree of motivation and enthusiasm is essential for the role
  • A working knowledge of laboratory areas is preferred
  • Able to work early, day and late shifts, weekends and bank holidays
  • Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Thursday, 9th February 2023

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • 5 GCSEs at A-C level or equivalent
  • NVQ level 3 education or equivalent level of experience
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Desirable criteria
  • Working knowledge and competency in laboratory bench areas
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate well with all staff
  • Ability to plan and use own time economically and effectively
  • A high degree of motivation and enthusiasm is essential for the role
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and as an individual
  • Highly developed initiative skills
  • Articulate and clear thinking
  • Ability to deal with problems in a calm and efficient manner
  • Good keyboard skills for data input
  • Collect and report routine data and information
  • Good telephone manner
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day to day working practices but also in relation to management systems
  • 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.

    How and why we use your information

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    Employer certification / accreditation badges Applicant requirements

    The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 153.7KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 196.5KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Charlie Merry

    Job title

    Operations Support Manager

    Email address

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    Telephone number

    023 8120 6329
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