Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
November 29, 2022
Offerd Salary:£33,706 - £40,588
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 18 month
Working Time:Full time
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Specialist Biomedical Scientist Band 6

Main area

Cellular Pathology


Band 6


Fixed term: 18 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£33,706 - £40,588 pa or pa pro rota

Salary period



29/11/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

Cellular Pathology invites applications for the post of Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join their friendly forward thinking team within a busy and continually developing department. The successful applicant will, as part of a team of specialist biomedical scientists & with the support of the senior biomedical scientist team, be involved with the day-to-day running of the main histopathology laboratory. You will be involved with the maintenance of all relevant documentation & be actively involved with the preparations for any UKAS accreditation visits.

In addition, you may also have the opportunity to join the scientist-led dissection team, and relevant training would be provided where necessary.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospitals in the country. It is a national centre for both teaching and research and also a regional centre for Neurological, Cardiac, Paediatric and Cancer specialities.

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

As part of a small team, you will be involved in the day-to-day running of the main laboratory within the department.

In conjunction with the cellular pathology quality lead & senior biomedical scientist team, you will ensure that the area continues to meet all quality standards required & all relevant documentation in preparation for UKAS accreditation visits is available & continues to be kept up to date.

You will be involved with the UKNEQAS CPT EQA submissions for the area as required, highlighting & responding to any non-conformities raised.

You will supervise & train staff as directed and required

What we're looking for

You will need to be registered with the HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist with comprehensive experience in Cellular Pathology.

You will need to be an excellent communicator & be able to work effectively as part of large team.

You will need to have an excellent attention to detail & possess good manual dexterity.

You will need to be able to prioritise workload & adjust to accommodate unexpected events &/or changes in demands

An exciting major development currently in progress is the introduction of our digital pathology service & the installation of new equipment to support the digital agenda. The post-holder will be actively encouraged to participate in this project as we progress to a fully digitised pathology service.

This post is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and suitably experienced individual to contribute to a rapidly developing service. The post also presents opportunity for personal development and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is actively supported. The laboratory is IBMS approved for training and is UKAS accredited.

The department operates an extended working day service 6am-7pm Monday-Friday & a rotational Saturday service 7am-5pm (approximately 1 in 4). In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the rotational Bank Holiday service provision (approximately 1 per annum). N.B. This does not currently include Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day or Good Friday.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 07 December 2022

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

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Be educated to degree level and possess an appropriate BSc qualification
  • Registered Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Participation in Continuing Professional Development(CPD)
  • Have evidence of laboratory training courses and competence
  • Desirable criteria
  • Hold or working towards IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Cellular Pathology
  • Hold or working toward a relevant MSc or equivalent qualification.
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Significant previous experience in a busy Cellular Pathology department
  • Significant technical expertise in the field of diagnostic cellular pathology
  • Experience of employment in an establishment delivering high standards of quality output.
  • Have knowledge and experience of using hospital IT systems
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Clear and accurate communicator
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity, accuracy and excellent attention to detail
  • Be confidently literate and numerate
  • Keyboard skills and basic computer and IT skills.
  • To be able to concentrate for extended periods & respond to competing demands
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Understanding of working to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Willing to rotate and work in all areas of the Cellular Pathology department.
  • Be able to handle all types of samples presented to the department for analysis some of which may be potentially infectious.
  • 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.

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    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 520.6KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 209.0KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Sharon Kooner-Evans

    Job title

    Specialist Biomedical Scientist

    Email address

    [email protected]

    Telephone number

    023 8120 4878

    Additional information

    Paul Garnett

    Specialist Biomedical Scientist

    [email protected]

    023 81201948

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