Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Diagnostic Cytopathology

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2021

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The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.



Applications are invited from an enthusiastic and highly motivated Specialist Biomedical Scientist to work within the Diagnostic Cytology section of Cellular Pathology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon Tyne. The department provides Diagnostic Cytopathology, Histopathology and Mortuary services housed within a purpose-built facility in a prime city-centre location and works closely with the North East and Yorkshire Genomics Laboratory Hub (NEYGLH). The laboratory handles around 4,500 cytology and 80,000 histology requests per annum. We receive a broad range of specimens from within the Trust, General Practitioners and as a specialist referral centre handle cases regionally, nationally and from overseas.

Cellular Pathology is a workforce of 120 non-medical staff and 35 Consultant Pathologists who work in specialist reporting teams. We offer training opportunities across all staff grades and continue to develop in accordance with the professional vision of enhanced roles for Biomedical Scientists who thrive on providing a high quality service within a well-equipped and modern working environment.

The post holder will be based within the Diagnostic Cytology section. This service utilises Liquid Based Cytology technologies for analysis of samples from within the Trust and local area. The post provides the opportunity to be in involved in rapid on-site evaluation of fine needle aspirates including EBUS and pre-screening of urinary tract and respiratory samples. The successful applicant will be expected to perform screening of post vasectomy semen samples and wet preparations from synovial fluid.

The department is committed to expanding the role of Biomedical Scientists in diagnostic cytology to participate in further pre-screening under the support and guidance of the consultant pathologist team. As the cytology service works closely with histology there is opportunity to expand knowledge and skills in this area. Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic cytology, and have technical skills in cytology and immunocytochemistry. Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

It is an essential requirement that all candidates for this post are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and hold the Specialist Diploma in Cytopathology (or equivalent qualification) or have significant experience of working at specialist level.

The laboratory is open Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm, with some rotation to cover a Saturday morning, flexibility is encouraged to support the staff and the service. As a major Transplant Centre we also provide an out of hours on-call service which is currently voluntary.

Part time may be considered.

Informal enquiries are welcomed.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


For further details / informal visits contact:

Joanne Cunningham

Cellular Pathology Operations Manager

Email address joanne.cunningham2@nhs.net

Telephone number 0191 2826917

Additional contact information

Tracy Knox



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All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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