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Healthcare Scientist (Biomedical Scientist (BMS))

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
£23,023 - £36,644 per annum
25/07/2018 23:59

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. 

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The Eastern Pathology Alliance is a Hub and Spoke Network encompassing the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (Hub), the James Paget University Hospital (spoke) and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn (spoke).

The service comprises Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Microbiology, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics, collectively known as Laboratory Medicine.

The Immunology service, which is provided for the network is centralised at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital in a state of the art laboratory on the main site completed in 2005 and re-equipped on the formation of the network in 2013.  The Immunology service offered is comprehensive including Allergy, Auto Immune, Flow Cytometry and Protein analysis.

The workload is approximately 300,000 tests per year and is provided for all 3 Trusts within the Network, for 5 Clinical Commissioning groups (CCG’s) and Community services, covering a population of just over 1 million.

The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is a 1000 bed Teaching Hospital with strong links with the University of East Anglia and many specialist clinical services (renal dialysis, hepatology, cardiac PPCI, oncology and haematology, autologous stem cell transplantation, ITU). It is situated on an attractive green field site a few miles outside the main city of Norwich, which is a vibrant attractive city with a great deal of history, although the countryside is not far away.

The immunology department incorporates equipment from a multitude of suppliers that includes (but is not exhaustive):

  • Siemens (BNII’s)
  • Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Binding Site (Optilite)
  • Thermo Fisher (Phadia 250’s)
  • Werfen (QuantaLYSER 240, DS2)
  • EuroImmun (EuroBlotOne)
  • Qiagen (DS2)
  • BD (FACS Canto II)

The comprehensive test repertoire includes routine autoimmune and allergy testing via Thermo Fisher Phadia 250 Instruments (3 in total), immunofluorescence using the Werfen QuantaLyser 240.  Liver blots are performed using Euroimmun EuroBlotOne, Intrinsic Factor using a DS2 and it is the expectation to increase the portfolio of both Elisa and blot assays.  A BD FacsCanto II flow cytometer is used for lymphocyte subsets.  Serum protein analysis includes electrophoresis, immunofixation and immunotyping. Immunoglobulins and specific proteins performed on the BNII, IgG subclasses and Serum Free Light Chains on the Binding Site Optilite.  The department has a well established Qiagen QFT assay on a DS2 for latent TB testing.

Q-Pulse software is in place across the Network to manage the full range of QMS activities: audit schedules, error log reviews, CAPAs, change control, supplier review and asset management to include maintenance, calibration and validation.

As post holder you will :

  • Run daily test procedures on all methodologies to include calibration and quality control testing and to sign off as fit for clinical use
  • Be responsible for processing both urgent and routine work to maintain routine turnaround times in line with Trust and Service policies
  • Fault find equipment and analyser function after formal in-house training
  • Explain results and reassure the users that the information is correct after seeking advice when results do not agree with clinical presentation
  • Assist in the education and training of Medical staff, Clinical Scientists, other Biomedical Scientists, Trainee Biomedical Scientists, MLA’s and visiting students as required within their specialised area
  • Demonstrate on-going competence to practice by attending courses, lectures, mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and other training activities.
  • Input into the QMS where appropriate

We welcome applications from those with less experience /  specialist diploma, with a view to appoint to the Band 5 role( Please refer to  attached job descriptions )

Hours of work: Full time 37.5 hours per week 

Routine working hours are currently between 7am-7pm. There is no requirement for evening or weekend shifts at this time; the EPA reserves the right to review this dependent on service requirements

Opening Date for Applications: 11th July 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 25th July 2018

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Karen Ashurst - CBMS Immunology

tel : 01603 287428

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If you have problems applying, contact

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