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Histology Health Care Science Support Worker

Band 2

Main area
Pathology - CWD
Band 2
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Royal Stoke Hospital
Stoke on Trent
£18,005 - £19,337 £18,005 - £19,337 pa
Salary period
23/06/2021 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)

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


Job overview

The post of Health Care Science Support Worker (Band 2) has become available. The post is full time time at 37.5 hours per week with inclusion on a rotational basis for weekend and Bank Holiday working.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified, competent and versatile individuals to join our dedicated, busy and friendly department.

Main duties of the job

All of the routine Histopathology for both County Hospital and the Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke on Trent, is performed on the Royal Stoke site. As a department we work closely with both the mortuary and clinical staff. We currently receive and process approximately 36,000 surgical histology cases per annum which results in approximately 250,000 slides being produced. We are fully computerised with a Clinisys Labcentre system.

The post holder will be required to work as part of a team, providing support to Biomedical Scientists and Histopathologists within the department undertaking general duties within the laboratory. The post holder will rotate through all sections of the laboratory, duties will include data entry, specimen handling and processing, rough trimming and staining, numerical filing of blocks, slides and request cards, maintaining and updating spread sheets and general housekeeping duties.

Working for our organisation

The UHNM NHS Trust covers Royal Stoke Hospital in Stoke on Trent and County Hospital in Stafford. Royal Stoke a large acute teaching hospital, with a Turnover of £360 million. Located in Stoke on Trent and Stafford, UHNM is close to the M6, within commuting distance of culturally diverse major conurbations, such as Manchester and Birmingham and surrounded by rural pleasures, including the Peak District National Park. 

Each year Royal Stoke cares for over 600,000 people providing emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care. It is a leading teaching hospital in partnership with Keele University and has a patient-centred clinical research facility providing state-of-the-art facilities.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A good general education demonstrable at GCSE level (Maths and English ‘C’ or above) or equivalent is required with a sound knowledge of Microsoft computer packages (Word and Excel) and experience of data entry. You must be numerate and able to handle numbers accurately and without error.

A willingness to undertake in house training and development is an essential. Previous laboratory experience is preferable but not crucial as in house training will be given to enable the successful applicant to meet the requirements of the job.

The post is suitable for someone who is highly motivated, 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.

The Histopathology Department is CPA accredited and holds the relevant HTA licenses. We are also certified by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS) for training purposes and support training for the Specialist Portfolio and beyond. Participation in CPD is actively encouraged.

Following an NHSI initiative to establish 29 Pathology networks across England the University Hospital of North Midlands is currently working closely with Mid and East Cheshire NHS Trusts to establish a Pathology network across Staffordshire and Cheshire

In your supporting statement please answer the following:

Briefly explain your understanding of the role of Health Care Science Support Worker and the duties involved in this role.

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the facilities and will accommodate such requests.

Helen Done – Lead Biomedical Scientist on 01782 674237 or 

Person specification

Education and Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Good general education demonstrated by GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C in Maths, English and Science.


Essential criteria
  • Keyboard and basic computer skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Must be able to accurately communicate information relating to patients or the service to ward, clinical, laboratory staff and other users of the service.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good numeracy and written English skills.
  • Have good manual dexterity and coordination in order to perform laboratory tasks such as using pipettes and spreading of agar plates.
Desirable criteria
  • Have an awareness of Health & Safety issues

Answered supporing statement

Essential criteria
  • Answered supporting statement
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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen Done
Job title
Laboratory Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674237