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Medical Laboratory Assistant / Healthcare Science Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Microbiology
Grade
Band 2
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
320-CDCS-BUR-0334
Site
Queen's Hospital Burton
Town
Burton-on-Trent
Salary
£18,870 - £19,918 pro rata pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
05/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
19/07/2022

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

Derbyshire Pathology provides pathology services for Royal Derby Hospital, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Queen's Hospital, Burton (from October 2021) and is hosted by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation.

If you would relish a challenge in becoming a Medical Laboratory Assistant in Microbiology, then we would love to hear from you.

The successful applicant will support the Biomedical Scientists by performing a wide variety of tasks associated with the processing of samples. Duties vary between departments and include the sorting, preparation, processing and handling of blood, urine, tissue and bodily fluids.

Main duties of the job

You will also be required to perform data entry onto the laboratory computer system, undertake housekeeping duties, maintenance of equipment and disposal of clinical waste therefore the ability to multi-task and work flexibly is essential.

You will be working as part of the newly formed Derbyshire Pathology Service within the Microbiology Laboratory based at Queen's  Hospital, Burton.

  • To work in an effective and efficient way following the appropriate Trust and directorate policies, procedures and guidelines including the departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • To prepare and process patient specimens including:
  • preparation of urine samples for microscopy
  • preparation of mycology specimens for microscopy
  • inoculation of patient specimens onto culture media for incubation
  • separation of blood samples and setting up of tests
  • processing of swabs for screening tests
  • performing specimen reception tasks including the accurate entry of patient/specimen details onto the departmental computer system maintaining a valid database.
  • Maintaining  and supporting the effective use of available resources (equipment and stock) in an efficient way.

Closing date of applications:   5 July 2022

Interview date:  19 July 2022

Working for our organisation

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:

  • A variety of flexible working options
  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:

  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and Person Specification. To apply please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB – this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.

Person specification

MLA1

Essential criteria
  • GSCEs English, Science and Maths
  • Demonstrable experience within a health care environment
Desirable criteria
  • Audit and quality skills
  • IT qualification – GCSE or ECDL
  • Data Entry experience
  • Involvement in projects, training or MLA support services
  • Previous MLA experience
  • Previous customer service roles

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Step into health

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Jacqui Rudge
Job title
Microbiology Team Leader
Email address
jacqueline.rudge3@nhs.net
Telephone number
01283 511511

If you have problems applying, contact

Address
Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 3NE
Telephone
01332 786187 / 07385 367224