Biomedical Scientist – Histopathology (Band 5) – Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – Keighley

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

The Department of Histopathology is looking to appoint an HCPC Registered Band 5 BMS who can demonstrate recent experience in a wide range of techniques and histology specialties.

We invite applications from enthusiastic and eager candidates to integrate into an evolving laboratory. Preference will be shown to candidates who are able to demonstrate good knowledge and skills throughout the Histopathology laboratory.

Both Bradford and Airedale sites have cut-up facilities, but the majority of processing work is completed on the Airedale site. We provide a comprehensive clinical and diagnostic service.

The operational aspect of the laboratory is facilitated by automated staining and the use of BOND III immunohistochemical staining platforms. Digital scanners have recently been installed and it is anticipated that the laboratory will integrate digital pathology into its’ working practices. All work is tracked using Leica Cerebro tracking system. A non- gynae cytology service is also provided. The successful candidate should have experience of most aspects of the Histopathology Laboratory but training will be provided where necessary.

Staffing within the department is managed on a rotational basis between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00. Candidates should be willing to work full time hours within these.

The successful candidate would be expected to supervise and lead staff where required and aid in ensuring TAT and quality are maintained. Other duties may include the participation in and completion of audits and the writing of SOPs. An understanding of UKAS/ISO accreditation should be demonstrated.

The department is keen to develop candidates who show an aptitude in learning and ability to work well within the department

Integrated Pathology Solutions is the joint venture formed in 2017 between Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Pathology departments. Both hospitals are high-performing Trusts providing acute and specialist outreach services for local people.
The Department of Histology is ISO15189:2012 accredited and is a recognised IBMS training laboratory.

1. To work in the various areas of the Histopathology Department under the direction of the Section Leader providing an efficient, safe and high quality technical service. This will include the provision of technical advice to clinical staff.

2. To work as part of the Pathology team providing mutual support at all times ensuring that work is completed and that equipment is maintained appropriately. This may involve liaising with service engineers to resolve complex issues.

3. To liaise with other health care professionals and agencies to provide advice.

4. To undertake and comply with all departmental standard operating procedures and quality standards with regard to work selection and methods.

5. Routine technical duties to include:
  • Receive and enter samples into the histology computer system
  • Assist consultant histopathologists and other biomedical scientists in the sampling and transfer of diagnostic material.
  • Describe and transfer into cassettes diagnostic material that fall into Category A specimens. E.G. Small biopsies & curetting.
  • Handling, processing and disposal of histological and non-gynaecological cytology specimens.
  • Embedding of tissue samples selected for diagnostic interpretation.
  • Routine microtomy to provide high quality tissue preparations for microscopic analysis.
  • Undertake routine H&E staining together with supporting special staining techniques
  • To assist with the preparation of foetal material for internment or subsequent disposal according to departmental protocols in compliance with HTA guidelines. To assist with auditing these procedures.
  • Undertake slide and block archiving and the disposal of human tissue following SOP’s complying with HTA guidelines. To assist with auditing these procedures.
  • Safe dispatch and recording of fresh and fixed tissues e.g. Lymph nodes, nerve biopsies, muscle biopsies, brains and spinal cords to specialist referral centres.
  • Co-ordinates reports and slides for MDT meetings within the organisation and external. Liaising with Pathologists, Biomedical Scientists, MDT Co-ordinators, Medical staff, secretaries and other health care professionals.
6. To supervise the work of junior grades and support staff.

7. To assist in the training of staff and visitors.

8. To participate in the internal and external quality assurance programmes.

9. To participate in an annual Staff Development Review, Continual Professional Development and the educational activities of the Department.

10. To participate in monitoring Clinical Effectiveness and the audit activities of the Department and to contribute to the Trust procedures and activities in support of Clinical Governance.

11. To participate in ensuring that the Department complies with the requirements of UKAS ISO 15189 standards.

12. To be able to identify, handle safely, use and store all substances hazardous to health and comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

13. Any other duties necessary for the successful performance of the role


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