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Cytology Laboratory Deputy Manager

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Cellular Pathology
NHS AfC: Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Cotman Centre
£48,526 - £54,619 Per annum
Salary period
28/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Cytology department is the provider of the NHSCSP HPV Primary testing protocol for the East of England. We are HPV testing around 450,000 cervical screening samples per year using the high throughput Roche Cobas systems and screening approx. 68K slides per year.

The laboratory also currently processes around 4,000 diagnostic cytology samples per year.

This high throughput department is sited in modern, well-equipped accommodation at the Cotman Centre, on Colney Lane.

All staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH’s ‘PRIDE’ values of People focused, Respect, Dedication, Integrity and Excellence.

Main duties of the job

As the successful post holder, you will be required to:

  • Act as deputy to the Cytopathology Laboratory Manager for East of England cervical screening service and share in responsibility in the management and organisation of all operational areas of the laboratory.
  • Use specific scientific knowledge pertinent to cervical cytopathology, HPV testing and non-gynaecological cytology in delivering the service
  • Chair department meetings.
  • Provide deputy cover for Service Management Business Meetings and strategy meetings as required. 
  • Be responsible for the day to day delivery of the cervical screening HPV testing programme for the East of England (400,000 samples) and for the non-gynaecological cervical cytology service (2000 samples) that the Trust provides.
  • Ensure that key information technology systems are maintained, these include the LIMS, Cyres database and sample taker data base.
  • Support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service.

Within the job role you, you will have:

  • Flexible working conditions. 
  • Work in an off-site location with outdoor space for rest breaks
  • Have on-going support with flexible training & development.


Working for our organisation

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The following skills and experience will be required and are essential for the successful candidates:

  • To act as deputy for the cytology section of Cellular Pathology in Departmental, Divisional, Trust and Regional meetings.
  • Communicates and interprets complex and sensitive test information to managers, consultants, nurses, other health care colleagues, patients and patient carers. Advises consultants of follow-up tests required for management and treatment of patients with abnormal results.
  • Answers highly complex telephone inquiries and gives advice to pathology users, patients and patient carers about gynaecological and non-gynaecological test results and provides information.
  • To deliver formal specialized training to groups (including Laboratory staff, Medical staff, Students, GPs, practice nurses etc.) explaining all aspects of Biomedical Science and aspects relating to the cytology service.
  • Organizes and chairs monthly office administration and BMSW support worker staff meetings.
  • Acts as the first line of contact in communication with suppliers
  • Performs highly complex microscopic analysis using fine manipulation and interpretation of clinical data and prolonged concentration during examination of Liquid Based Cervical Cytology (LBC) preparations.

Please refer to the Job Description for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MSc Biomedical Sciences or Higher Specialist Diploma of the IBMS or equivalent
  • BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Has expert knowledge of gynaecological and non-gynaecological investigations performed within Cytopathology.
  • Highly developed knowledge and skills of how to problem solve complex clinical scientific problems.
  • Experienced in leading a team working in a diverse high pressure, high throughput clinical service and meeting targets.
  • Knowledge of compliance with standard ISO15189 as required by the UK Accreditation system
Desirable criteria
  • Highly developed comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and the ability to use, current laboratory IT software.

Attitude & Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sara Cason
Job title
laboratory Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01603 286031