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Specialist/Registered Biomedical Scientist

Band 6/Band 5

Main area
Pathology - Haematology & Blood Transfusion
Band 6/Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
County Hospital
£25,655 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
30/01/2022 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)

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England with face to face contact with patients must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this position.

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


Job overview

Specialist/Registered Biomedical Scientist)

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our friendly and dedicated team in the Haematology & Blood Transfusion department within Blood Sciences.

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

You must be HCPC registered with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent) preferably with substantial post registration experience in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. In addition, candidates must have completed the IBMS Specialist Portfolio. This must clearly be indicated on your application form. Consideration will be given to candidates who are nearing completion of their specialist portfolio for appointment as a Registered Biomedical Scientist at Band 5. 

Main duties of the job

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.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The County Hospital laboratory provides an extended day service and it is expected that you will participate in the departmental shift system (AfC terms and conditions) after a suitable period of training.

This UKAS accredited department processes in excess of 800,000 routine FBCs and 250,000 coagulation tests a year. It is well equipped with Advia 2120i FBC analysers, ACL TOPCTS and LAS coagulometers, BD FACSCanto flow cytometer, TOSOH G8 HPLC, Dawn V7 software (Anticoagulation Management), CliniSys LabCentre and IBG Galileo Neo blood grouping analysers. At Royal Stoke University Hospital, the main analysers are connected to a Siemens Aptio track, along with the main Biochemistry analysers, in a purpose built Blood Sciences laboratory.

The County Hospital laboratory was refurbished in 2016 to create a Blood Sciences Essential Services Laboratory.

We are IBMS/HCPC accredited for training and support continuing professional development. Encouragement is given to attend and participate in both internal and external lectures / seminars.

This post may close early if there are a high number applicants.

Person specification

Knowledge, training & educat.

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 knowldge 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
  • Supervising/managing support grade staff
  • Maintenance on a variety of equipment
  • Working within NHS

Skills and ability

Essential criteria
  • Intermeidate 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.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca James
Job title
Lead Biomedical Scientist
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674857
Additional information

For further details / informal visits contact: Rebecca James 01782 674857