Biobank Assistant – Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – Stanmore

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

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Band 3 Biobank Assistant/Laboratory Assistant 37.5 hours per week

Fixed Term Contract 12 months

An exciting opportunity has become available within the Histopathology department at the RNOH for an individual interested in undertaking clinical research within the NHS, with the aim of pursuing a medical/nursing degree, a research career, or training to become a biomedical/clinical scientist.

The Histopathology Department at RNOH is the most research-active Sarcoma unit in the UK. This has been achieved through the RNOH Biobank; one of the largest repositories of human bone and soft tissues. Access to these samples and clinical information for research is crucial to develop new ways of diagnosing disease, which will result in better treatment for patients. We recently participated in the national 100,000 Genomes Project; the success of which has led to whole genome sequencing being offered to all patients that are newly diagnosed with Sarcoma in the UK.

We are now looking for a full-time assistant to join our Biobank research team. The role will involve identifying and approaching patients face-to-face to obtain consent to use their samples for research purposes. The successful candidate will also support a cutting-edge digital pathology and machine learning (artificial intelligence) project which requires slides to be scanned and linked to clinical data. The applicant will also ensure that biobanked samples (such as slides, wax blocks, frozen tissues, blood and DNA/RNA) are logged for ongoing research projects. Opportunities may also arise for the candidate to develop their laboratory skills by cutting sections and extracting DNA, and performing PCR.

The role will allow you to:

  • acquire valuable NHS experience
  • gain confidence in speaking to patients
  • consent eligible patients for the Biobank
  • use databases and spreadsheets to log, track and anonymise patient samples and data
  • support Biobank research across a range of clinical projects
  • learn about Sarcoma and disease
  • collect blood samples by venipuncture and process them to extract plasma

Support and full training in consenting patients and/or venipuncture (as necessary) will be provided and for all components of the job in which the candidate does not have experience. The successful candidate will need to become vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Excellent communication and organisation skills are required.

This role would suit a recent university graduate (or equivalent) but we would also consider more experienced candidates depending on their skill set. You will be part of a team which includes pathologists, surgeons, nurses and researchers. The appointment is for immediate start and is funded for 1 year (with the possibility of this being extended subject to research funding).

The post holder will be based primarily at Stanmore but may occasionally be required to work at the Bolsover Street site in Central London for one day a week. The post-holder will need to be reliable and flexible with early starts or late finishes required on occasion.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameKatherine TreversJob titleSenior Research TechnicianTelephone number02089095354

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and offer a range of flexible working practices. Part-time and job share applications will be considered.

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Additionally, by applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers. Therefore we want you to complete your e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.

RNOH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents; all prospective employees of RNOH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

The RNOH operates a Smoke-Free Policy. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s premises (including the grounds that those premises are sited on) or in any Trust owned vehicle.

Where applicable, in line with the 2018 framework agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change, the new system for pay progression will come into effect on 1 April 2019 for new starters or those promoted to a new role on or after 1 April 2019.


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