Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical Scientist Manchester, England

UK Health Security Agency
Full Time Manchester, England 33706 - 40588 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Grade & Salary:
Band 6(Clinical Ring fence) £33706 - £40588

Band 5(clinical ring fence) if not completed the IBMS specialist portfolio £27055 - £32934

The department embraces all aspects of a modern clinical
bacteriology service combining traditional methodologies with
laboratory automation. The department is a
designated IBMS training laboratory, has an extensive quality
system in operation and is fully accredited by UKAS. We are
seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated HCPC
registered BMS with post-registration experience and
understanding in clinical Microbiology.

We are seeking an EO grade Biomedical Scientist/HEO
grade Specialist Biomedical Scientist. The microbiology
partnership provides comprehensive routine services and
specialist services to a wide range of hospitals across the
North West and beyond and also assists in any UKHSA co-
ordinated responses or activity of a national/international
nature, e.g. Bioterrorism incident or major disease e.g enteric
outbreaks, COVID19, SARS.

The department requires staff to support the department in
delivering a comprehensive Microbiology service over 7
days. To achieve this it is possible that you will be required to
work within a rotational shift pattern which will include shifts
throughout the department's 24 hours a day 7 days per week
out of hours service.

Your main duties will include:

  • Assessing the suitability and appropriateness of samples
received and liaises with senior technical staff for action or
advice following departmental sample acceptance policy.
  • Ensuring data integrity when entering demographics
and results into the laboratory information system.
  • Performing sample preparation, processing bodily
fluids and materials, including high.
  • Analysis of biological samples including more
complex/ specialist investigations requiring a high level of
skill risk specimens and reagent preparation following
protocols.
  • Preparation and interpretation of identification tests
and antimicrobial susceptibility tests.
  • Use and maintenance of manual and sophisticated
automated equipment
  • Assist with the development of new methods and
implementation of new technology.
  • Ensuring that personal work activity is managed to
make effective use of time and maintain an adequate supply
of laboratory consumables.
  • Attending regular departmental meetings and contribute to
effective communication with the department.
  • Analysis of biological samples including more
complex/ specialist investigations requiring a high level of
skill risk specimens and reagent preparation following
protocols.
  • Participate in audit processes, drug trials, research
projects, as required.

  • Participating in and monitoring Quality Assurance and
Quality Control, activities and assist the department in
maintaining UKAS ISO15189 accreditation.

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, where
Everyone Matters promoting equality of opportunity to
actively encourage applications from everyone, including
groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.

UKHSA ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our
staff and stakeholders. To create, nurture and sustain an
inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions
to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities.
We do this through celebrating and protecting differences by
removing barriers and promoting equity and equality of
opportunity for all.
Evidence of previous supervision, health and safety and
quality systems is essential as you will be responsible for
supervising of junior staff in the department

Candidates will be encouraged to take a role in the
development of training plans for all grades of staff as
candidates will be expected to assist in the delivery of
departmental training plans and competency assessment.

The candidate will have played a role in the registration of
trainee Biomedical Scientists with experience of completing
the IBMS portfolio for registration. Opportunities for CPD are
actively encouraged and supported. You should be a good
team player with excellent interpersonal skills.

The department requires staff to support the department in
delivering a comprehensive Microbiology service over 7
days. To achieve this it is possible that you will be required
to work within a rotational shift pattern which will include
shifts throughout the departments 24 hours a day / 7days per
week out of hours service.

The panel will assess if candidates meet the requirements of
the role first, using a specific benchmark system. If your
application falls below the HEO grade threshold, your
application may be assessed against the lower grade role. If
you are interviewed for the role and you do not meet the
required benchmark you may be considered for an EO grade
role.

HCPC registered

IBMS Specialist Diploma (from 2005) or IBMS fellowship in
Medical Microbiology.

Please note, as part of the selection process, you may be
asked to prepare to deliver a presentation or take a test.

Selection process details

STAGE 1 - APPLICATION & SIFT:
You will be required to complete an application form. This will be assessed in line with the advertised essential criteria – please do provide evidence of how you meet this.

The panel will assess if candidates meet the requirements of the role first, using a specific benchmark system. If your application falls below the HEO grade threshold, your application may be assessed against the lower grade role. If you are interviewed for the role and you do not meet the required benchmark you may be considered for an EO grade role.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to an interview.

STAGE 2 – INTERVIEW

This competition will involve an interview by video or onsite face to face.

As part of the process, candidates will be invited to interview which will involve an in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence in relation to the criteria set out in the Person Specification.

Your Statement of Suitability should outline your skills, experience, and achievements, providing evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the essential criteria (outlined in the person specification section).

You will also be asked to provide information within the ‘Employer/ Activity history’ section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history.

Please note that you may be required to provide a presentation or undertake a test at interview.

For further information on the selection process, please refer to the full job description.

Expected Timeline:
Advert close: 23:55hrs on 6th June 2023 – unfortunately, late applications will not be considered. Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Shortlist: Week commencing the 12th 2023

Interviews: TBC

Please note these dates could be subject to change.

Biomedical Scientist
UK Health Security Agency

London, United Kingdom
Unknown / Non-Applicable
1001 to 5000 Employees
Company - Public
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