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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Band 2

Main area
Histology
Grade
Band 2
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
320-CDCS-1824
Site
Royal Derby Hospital
Town
Derby
Salary
£18,870 - £19,918 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
06/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
20/07/2022

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

Do you have a keen interest in Medical Science and Human Biology? Have good general academic qualifications? Keen to learn and develop new skills? Then read on!

Derbyshire Pathology has a vacancy for a Medical Laboratory Assistant within the Histology Department on the Royal Derby Hospital site, although cross-site working may be required in the future.  The service is currently being reconfigured to provide a service Monday to Friday (07:30-19:30), including occasional Saturday working

The Histopathology Department provides a diagnostic service to Clinicians and GPs in a timely and efficient manner handling approximately 65,000 patient sample requests a year.

The role of the MLA is well established within the department. The successful candidate will be expected to have a good level of general education including English and science, be IT literate and be familiar with safe load handling practices.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed individual who has a keen interest in medical science to join the Derbyshire Pathology team. A person who has an adaptable nature, can cope with the stresses of a frequently changing environment and someone who is willing to contribute and participate in a busy dynamic team.

Laboratory experience is not essential as the tasks and duties will be taught in-house, however candidates will be expected to demonstrate experience of good team working, use of initiative and ability to follow protocols.

 

Main duties of the job

Key roles and responsibilities for this include:

• Data entry and admin
• Assisting senior staff with sample handling
• Maintenance of laboratory equipment
• Replenishing laboratory stocks and reporting low levels
• Human tissue handling, and chemical disposal
• Laboratory house keeping

Training will be provided in-house with competency assessment and reviews undertaken on a regular basis. 

Closing date of applications: 6 July 2022

Interview date: 20 July 2022

Working for our organisation

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.

In return we will offer:

  • 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

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • GCSE English, science and maths or NVQ 2 Clinical Lab support
Desirable criteria
  • IT qualification e.g. ECDL, GCSE, Key Skills

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of chemical handling
  • Stock and consumable handling
  • Handles customer complaints and queries
  • Working to standardised protocols
  • Working as part of a team
Desirable criteria
  • Familiarity and experience of numemic filing systems
  • Pathology laboratory experience
  • Experience of IT software and data entry systems

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
Jamie Crees
Job title
Histology Manager
Email address
jamie.crees@nhs.net
Telephone number
01332 788242
Additional information

 Hazel Bos

Tel : 01332 789336

 

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