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Biomedical Scientist/Trainee Biomedical Scientist (Annex U)

Band 5 (Annex U)

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Band 5 (Annex U)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Derby Hospital
£24,907 - £30,615 pa (dependent on experience)
Salary period
23/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

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.

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

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

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

At University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust patients are at the centre of all we do. Derbyshire Pathology Serves both the Royal Derby Hospital Pathology and Chesterfield Royal Hospital Pathology Services and is hosted by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation.

The single clinically lead Management Team for Derbyshire Pathology aims to:

  • Provide a sustainable and efficient high quality Pathology Service for Derbyshire
  • Accreditation of the combined service to UKAS ISO: 15189 to assure our users of the highest technical standards and quality of service in all that we do.

Histopathology are looking for a registered Biomedical Scientist, or Apprentice, who should be proactive, self-motivated, enthusiastic and have excellent communication/organisational skills. This post represents an excellent opportunity to extend skills and knowledge in Histology inclusive of A-C category dissection, as well as in digital Pathology.

Main duties of the job

Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in Routine Histology; IHC/Specials; microscopy QC and be comfortable trouble shooting and resolving technical issues. Familiarisation with automated IHC machines and molecular techniques is desirable as the department has a variety of platforms in use.

Full training and support is available. A dedicated mentor will be provided while undertaking training and undergoing competency assessment.

Participation with staff and team development is actively encouraged at the Band 5 level, as our Band 5's are expected to support training and competency assessment of the Associate practitioners and Medical Laboratory Assistant staff.

Familiarisation and understanding of ISO 15189 standards, Health & Safety requirements; audit and training/education techniques is desirable.

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • 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 – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • 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
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 23rd June 2021

Interview date: 7th July 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Use interpretative skills to provide laboratory diagnostic sampling on clinical samples by: preparing, examining and reporting on the macroscopic examination of specimens A-C ; Performing and interpreting tests to ensure the correct quality is submitted to the Consultant Histopathologist’s for diagnostic reporting i.e. QC microscopy/special stains.
  • To undertake the day to day sample processes and analytical clinical investigations for any given section of work in the Department to the agreed standard of timeliness and quality.
  • To assist senior staff in the development of new methods, protocols and the evaluation of new diagnostic equipment and kits.
  • To assist in the training, instruction and induction of other scientific and support staff in collaboration with the departmental training officer
  • Advising doctors and nursing staff on the appropriate use of the service and suitable
  • investigations that assists with the management of patients.
  • To maintain a basic knowledge of scientific changes and developments, particularly within their chosen field of biomedical science.
  • Act as a role model and ensure that all team members and others visiting the area give a high priority to policies and procedures relating to infection control in order to maintain a safe clinical environment for everyone.
  • Supervise support staff and trainee Biomedical Scientists within their work area.
  • Maintain and support the effective use of available resources (equipment, people and stock).
  • To ensure agreed quality assurance procedures are followed
  • Audit the technical quality of work in the areas that you rotate through. Audit and monitor the quality and clinical effectiveness of your practice.
  • Observe strict confidentiality over all matters of your day-to-day work to protect patient’s privacy.
  • Responsible for Health & Safety and risk assessment within area or work, ensuring all safe standards of work as described in the Trust Health and Safety policies, departmental safety policy and HSE (Health and Safety Executive) guidance and recommendations are adhered to. Reporting any deficiency in risk management and health and safety systems or documentation to the laboratory manager or manager of area of concern. To observe all departmental Health and Safety policies and COSHH regulations for the safety of all staff and legal requirements
  • Maintain status as a registered Biomedical Scientist with the health care Profession Council (HCPC) and demonstrate continued professional development, attending internal and external training as required and specified within their personal development plan (PDP).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • HCPC registration


Essential criteria
  • BSc Biomedical Science/ level 6 Apprenticeship
  • HCPC registration portfolio completed

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Pathology laboratory experience - demonstrable experience
  • LIM system use
  • Experience of audit and QMS
  • Knowledge of UKAS and ISO15189
  • Knowledge of implementing H&S in medical lab environment
Desirable criteria
  • Training and support of other staff
  • Histopathology laboratory experience
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gavin Regan
Job title
Cellular Pathology Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01332 788248
Additional information

Jamie Crees - Histology Manager

Tel: 01332 788242


If you have problems applying, contact

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