Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Cellular Pathology

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation trust
Winchester, SO22 5DG
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

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Cellular Pathology
Job Function
Specialist Biomedical Scientist
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking a Specialist Biomedical Scientist to become a section lead for our Immunohistochemistry (IHC) service. Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals who are nearing completion of their IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Cellular Pathology as progression to the full Band 6 role will be offered following successful portfolio verification.

Applications are invited from dynamic and motivated individuals to work in this friendly, well-equipped Cellular Pathology department, which processes approximately 35,000 samples per year, providing essential services to the Trust and the wider health care community. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills and your work will ensure that the department continues to deliver a high quality, timely and effective service, where patient experience and safety is central.

The role will require the post-holder to be flexible, able to align their values with those of the organisation and to work as part of an enthusiastic team with a ‘can-do’ positive attitude.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in all aspects of routine Cellular Pathology including microtomy, embedding, special staining techniques, IHC and specimen transfers. Training will also be given in frozen section and OSNA techniques, and developmental opportunities are available for specimen dissection for RCPATH category A-C specimens, Quality Management, Health & Safety and leadership.

As the IHC lead you will also be responsible for overseeing the daily running of this section, assisting with antibody optimisation and verification, managing EQA and maintaining the high standards of quality in this section.

Experience of working in a Cellular Pathology laboratory, as well as the ability to support the training and development of junior staff is essential for this role.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) provides hospital services to around 570,000 people living in Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire, and specialist services to patients from all over the country. We deliver a full range of district hospital services in a variety of locations.

The Cellular Pathology Department is in an exciting period of service development and has recently refreshed all key lab equipment which will enable us to continue providing a high quality service for our patients and service users. We are also in the process of installing the Roche Vantage tracking system and have also begun the implementation of a Digital Pathology slide scanning solution, both of which will help to transform our workflows to embrace the future of digital pathology.

The central Histology laboratory service is situated on the Royal Hampshire Hospital site in Winchester with a small satellite team based at the Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital.

The post holder will work as part of the team based at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, however the successful candidate would be expected to travel to the Basingstoke site as part of the BMS rotational team once training in Frozen section and OSNA techniques has been completed.

Hampshire Hospitals Cellular Pathology is accredited by UKAS to ISO15189:2012 and complies with HTA standards.

The department is accredited as a training laboratory by the IBMS for both registration and specialist portfolios.

Happy to Talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible and part time working will be considered.

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

For informal discussions about this role, please contact Emma Paice, Cellular Pathology Operational Manager.

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