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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton, East Sussex
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Specialist Biomedical Scientist University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279) The closing date is 18 April 2024

Job summary  

A vacancy has arisen for a Specialist Biomedical Scientist (AfC Band 6) to become part of the team in Haematology and Blood Transfusion University Hospitals Sussex Foundation NHS Trust based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Main duties of the job  

Our busy Haematology and Blood Transfusion departments are staffed by a well-established, friendly and hard working team working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide a quality service to our users. The laboratory has full training status with the HCPC and IBMS. We currently work a 24/7 shift system with a local agreement in place.

The department offers support and encouragement of your CPD and the opportunity to attend approved external courses when available. The laboratory is modern and well equipped including Sysmex Haematology analysers, Stago Coagulation analysers, and Ortho Blood Grouping analysers in Transfusion. We also perform HPLC for Haemoglobinopathies and have an Immunohaematology section.Post Requirements ( also as per Job description/ Job Spec)Current HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist Will have suitable post registration experience within a UK Pathology service Haematology / Blood Transfusion laboratory and /or an MSc and/or an IBMS specialist portfolio.

A band 5 HCPC registered BMS may be considered at interview, with expectation to work at a band 5 level gaining Specialist Portfolio to then move into Band 6 Post.

About us  

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description Job responsibilities  

The department provides a specialist Haematology and Blood Transfusion service to both acute and primary care, and to other trusts within the Sussex area. It holds accreditation with UKAS, and is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences as a training laboratory.

At UHS East, the laboratory is divided into sections: on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site: Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Coagulation and Immunohaematology and on the Princess Royal Hospital site Haematology, Blood transfusion and Coagulation. The post-holder will work all in areas and sites of the laboratory on a rotational basis, performing the work according to standard operating procedures, producing high quality scientific results..

The department provides a service covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Routine opening hours are between 08.30 17.30 and 09.00 13.00 Saturdays, dependent on site. Working hours are between 06:00-20:00 Monday to Fridays, as covered by Agenda for Change. Outside of these hours some routine cover is provided by overtime arrangements, at all other times an emergency on-call service operates. There will be a requirement to work night shifts. Local agreements are in place for payment to cover working patterns outside of the Agenda for Change hours. The post holder may participate in overtime and out of routine hours working arrangements, and as an autonomous practitioner in the emergency call service, after satisfying competency assessment.

As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist the post holder will undertake an extensive range of complex investigations to assist in the diagnosis of disease, and monitoring of treatment. This will involve rotation through Haematology, Coagulation, Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology. These investigations include manual, semi-automated and automated techniques on highly specialised analytical equipment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences or Degree accredited by IBMS as suitable for HCPC registration Specialist portfolio and/or MSc

Registration Essential

  • Current HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist

Knowledge/experience Essential

  • Already undertaking Band 6 Role Substantial post registration experience / competency in required activities referably in UK Experience of use of relevant instrumentation within the laboratory Evidence of CPD Able to work to appropriate standard of competency in all sections , and through rotation, maintain those skills Sufficient Skill and knowledge to deputise for Band 7 staff in their absence to maintain workflow and manage staffing Able to assist with training and management of Practitioner BMS staff IT skills appropriate to the department

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)

Address Royal Sussex County Hospital



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