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Senior Biomedical Scientist Cut-Up & Dissection (UHNM employees only)

Band 7

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Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Stoke
Stoke on Trent
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
27/01/2022 23:59

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Job overview


The University Hospital of North Midlands, Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts are working collaboratively to form a Pathology network in line with a NHSI directive.

Histology Senior BMS

Band 7

Royal Stoke Cellular Pathology department


Main duties of the job

The post will be based in Cellular Pathology Department at the Royal Stoke Hospital.  Applications are invited from suitably qualified, competent and versatile individuals to join our dedicated, busy and friendly department.

To perform the laboratory duties required in the analysis of histological and diagnostic cytology specimens, in order to ensure effective patient diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, in accordance with the professional code of practice of a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Biomedical Scientist. The post holder will fulfil the departmental objective of a delivering a good quality analytical and interpretive laboratory service to the benefit of patient care.

The post holder will be responsible for the Cut-up and Dissection area of the laboratory and will be required to work as part of a team, providing support to our laboratory support team, Biomedical Scientists and Histopathologist's within the department undertaking general duties within the laboratory. Please see the Job Description for the full list of duties for this role.

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 North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Services (NMCPS) formed in December 2020 and is a network collaboration between The University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM), Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts (MCHFT). UHNM are the host provider of the network. The Cellular Pathology department is a 7 day service situated on the Royal Stoke site.

Applicants for this post must be HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists who have completed an MSc or equivalent in Cellular Pathology. We also require the applicants to have experience of specimen dissection and training. 

This is a busy department with a combined workload across the NMCPS network of approximately 80,000 Histology requests per annum. You must be keen to embrace new ways of working and committed to providing a class leading diagnostic service to our patients. We are looking for an experienced, competent and versatile individual with proven experience all aspects of routine Histology. The service has full UKAS ISO: 15189 accreditation and holds the relevant HTA licenses. Our laboratory is an IBMS accredited training laboratory. We are committed to developing staff of all grades to ensure a high standard of quality.

Cellular Pathology has received significant investment over the previous year and is currently implementing Vantage tracking, SMART automation, Digital Pathology and a new LIMS. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of advances within Histology.

The hospitals within the network are located in very desirable areas to live; surrounded by historical market towns and countryside. The Peak District and the Welsh borders are within easy reach and there are also excellent transport links allowing easy access into Manchester, Birmingham, Chester, Liverpool and London. There are some excellent schools, wonderful restaurants and a wealth of social and health activities available in the surrounding areas.

Flexible working, including agile working, is supported by the department.

See Job Description and Person Specification for a detailed description of the role

The post is suitable for someone who is highly motivated, proactive, enthusiastic, a good team worker with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. The ability to prioritise tasks together with effective communication is essential. You should have a methodical and organised approach to work and be able to work under your own initiative.

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The University Hospital of North Midlands, Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts are working collaboratively to form a Pathology network in line with a NHSI directive.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • MSc or equivalent qualification to FIBMS Standard
  • State Registration with HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Further specialist training and qualifications appropriate to the speciality.


Essential criteria
  • A minimum of 5 years post registration experience in a Biomedical Scientist position within the speciality
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of active participation in UKAS/HTA quality assessments & accreditation visits


Essential criteria
  • Competent in a range of operational areas including Technical, Quality, Safety and Human resources
  • Experience of using a range of IT applications, including Microsoft Office and Pathology computer systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen Done
Job title
Lead Biomedical Scientist
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674237