Apprentice Biomedical Support Worker – Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Norwich

  • Full Time
  • Norwich

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

**24 month Fixed Term Contract – Apprenticeship**

We welcome applications from individuals wishing to become an Apprentice and gain experience in the NHS. You will develop new skills and knowledge whilst working with an established team gaining valuable work experience and a recognised apprenticeship qualification.

You will be enrolled with a local education provider and will be required to complete your Laboratory Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme within the duration of the placement.

The Histopathology Department forms part of the Cellular Pathology directorate. The department has a workload of around 62 000 surgical requests per year, and provides a wide range of routine and specialised services. This presents an opportunity to be part of an excellent team working in a busy, modern hospital laboratory. The service has replaced a significant amount of laboratory equipment and has recently introduced a specimen tracking system and digital pathology reporting. The service has UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation.

As post holder, you will have an important role in supporting Biomedical Scientists, providing a high quality clinical laboratory service; belonging to a safe and compassionate healthcare service.

The post holder will be working in the cutting/embedding section and cut-up room, under the direction of state-registered and senior Biomedical Scientists. When competent, the post holder would be expected to use their own initiative, referring to Clinical Support Workers (Higher) and BMS staff as necessary. You will be expected to work in accordance with departmental and Trust Policies and Guidelines.

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, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence.

Your main duties will involve:

  • Receiving and checking specimens of tissue / organs etc. from operating theatres, wards, clinics, post mortem room, and G.P.s, with the request forms. Then giving the specimens and request form a unique identification number.
  • Assist in solving day-to-day problems, including incorrectly labelled specimens, follow appropriate quality and error logging procedures in the event of an incident. Communicate with pathology users regarding mislaid/ mis-labelled specimens.
  • Assist in “cut-up” dictation with pathologists and BMS staff. This includes working with recognisable body parts, products of conception containing recognisable fetal parts and post-mortem tissue which may cause distress. Clean working areas of tissue, faeces, mucus and blood.
  • To help with the safe storage and disposal of specimen pots and ensuring waste human tissue is disposed of appropriately.
  • Participate in the maintenance of laboratory equipment, including tissue processors, staining machines and tissue embedders, according to standard protocols. Report any equipment faults to senior BMS staff.
  • To use the laboratory information management system to input patient related information generated by themselves and other staff. This includes using MedTrak, WebTraK and PAS

Eligibility Criteria:
All applicants must be:

  • Aged 16+
  • Resident in the UK/EEA for the last three years
  • Must not have a Degree, Level 4 qualification or above
  • Must NOT be in any form of formal government-funded education

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Good general standard of education
  • 4 GCSE’s at Grade D/3 or above (or equivalent)
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills

Full time: 37.5 hours per week. Routinely Monday – Friday between 07:00 and 17:00. Additional hours (7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 7am to 12 mid-day) may apply due to service demand/ change, during exceptional circumstances.

Open for applications: 8th November 2021

Close for applications: 14th November 2021

Interview date: 22nd November 2021


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