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Advanced Healthcare Scientist (Senior Biomedical Scientist (BMS))

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Toxicology & Endocrinology
NHS AfC: Band 7
Part Time: 30 hours per week
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum, pro rata
22/05/2018 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 King’s Lynn (spoke).

The service comprises Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Genetics, collectively known as Laboratory Medicine. The NNUH Hub Laboratory is responsible for the delivery of all community work for the Norfolk CCGs. In addition, Laboratory Medicine is responsible for the delivery of the JPUH and QEH ‘cold’ work, including toxicology, endocrinology and immunology.

The Toxicology-Endocrinology section of the NNUH provides a wide range of analytical services over the two disciplines.

The toxicology discipline provides a wide range of analytical services, including urine drugs of abuse (for clinical users, employment screens, and post mortem work, including for the Norfolk Coroner’s Office), immunosuppressant drug monitoring, trace element analysis, urine metadrenalines & 5-HIAA, and 25-OH vitamin D. These analyses require overseeing the use and maintenance by the BMS staff of a variety of different methods and analysers, including tandem mass spectrometry, ICP-MS, HPLC, and immunoassay.

In addition, we are aiming to develop the drugs of abuse service to increase the repertoire of detectable drugs, particularly in light of the increasing use of novel psychoactive substances (NPS, so-called ‘legal highs’).

The endocrinology discipline involves the day-to-day running of several immunoassay analysers from various manufacturers (Siemens, Roche, Perkin–Elmer). The test repertoire includes routine and esoteric endocrinology (e.g. testosterone, oestradiol, DHEAS, SHBG, ACTH), tumour markers, CSF oligoclonal bands, and is the site of the Supra-regional Assay and Advice Service for Calcium and Bone Metabolism Markers. The section also provides the 1st trimester maternal serum screening service for Norfolk.

Although this SBMS role is primarily based in toxicology there may be some responsibilities in the endocrinology discipline.

Previous experience of mass spectrometry analysis, toxicology and/or endocrinology would give candidates a distinct advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to ensure compliance with all regulatory and accreditation standards, including ISO 15189.

 Part time: 30 hours per week

** please note , at present there is not an expectation for the successful candidate to work shifts or weekends, however this could change, depending on the demands on the service.**

Recruitment incentives may be applicable to this post

Opening Date for Applications: 9th May 2018

Closing Date for Applications: 22nd May 2018


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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Paul Brookes - CBMS Toxicology and Endocrinology

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