Biomedical Scientist -Specialist – (Provisional Banding) – North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust – Peterborough

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

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£32,306 – £39,027 a year

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The Cellular Pathology service is part of the North West Anglia NHS Foundation trust, based in Peterborough, the green city of East England. Peterborough offers a thriving city with a rich history and affordable living. There are excellent transport links with regular trains to London and close proximity to the A1(M) for easy commuting into/out of the city as well as access to Cambridge, the rest of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. For more information about our city, visit

This post is for a HCPC Biomedical Scientist with at least 2 years specialism in Cellular pathology.

To practise as a registered Biomedical Scientist within the Cellular Pathology Department.

To perform test procedures, often of a complex nature, and accurately record and report the results.

To provide specialist technical advice to service users.

To undertake training of trainee and support staff and to use the resources provided optimally.

To deputise for senior staff in their absence.

Our laboratory is in a modern, purpose built hospital that first opened in 2010. Our UKAS accredited department is staffed by a friendly, highly motivated and professional BMS’s and ATO support workers, dealing with approximately one million samples per year. The laboratory is a modern and spacious facility which has recently implemented Digital Pathology and Vantage sample tracking system

Agile Working

We recognise the need to develop modern working practices to enable our employees to maximise their performance and productivity whilst maintaining a good work life balance and so have adopted an Agile working methodology as outlined within our Agile and Flexible Working Policy.

Agile working options are automatically considered for all roles within the Trust and options are detailed on the Agile Working Matrix attached to this post. Talk to the recruiting manager about what this means in practice for you

Technical and Scientific

  • Participate in the routine and specialist work of the Cellular Pathology department in line with departmental protocols. This includes: • Ensuring that requests, specimens and reports are dealt with according to the agreed laboratory protocols
  • Dissection of RCPath/IBMS Category A&B specimens
  • Tissue processing and embedding
  • Tissue microtomy
  • Routine and special staining including Immunohistochemistry
  • Digital QC of prepared and scanned slides
  • Diagnostic cytology preparation

Health and Safety

  • Establish and maintain safe systems of work within the department or the area worked in
  • Have a duty to maintain the health, safety and welfare of self, staff, patients or other third parties visiting the department or general areas of the Trust.
  • Inform line manager of any health and safety concerns identified.
  • Complete adverse event forms via the DATIX system for any accidents, incidents or near misses.


  • Maintain a high standard of own work.
  • Monitor and participate in internal quality control schemes.
  • Participate in technical external quality assessment schemes and make suggestions to improve performance as necessary
  • Update departmental standard operating procedures (SOPs) in accordance with the laboratory’s quality manual.
  • Work with the departmental quality officer and other senior staff to ensure that all UKAS ISO standards are achieved and maintained.

Information Technology

  • Enter patient details provided by others into laboratory information system (LIMS).
  • Assist in the collection and collation of statistics for Trust and national screening purposes.
  • Use of Vantage Tracking System.
  • Use of Philips Digital Pathology System

Management and Training

  • Monitor stocks of materials and consumables in order to ensure that service provision is maintained.
  • Use reagents and consumables prudently to ensure that supplies are not wasted.
  • Contribute to staff meetings to ensure the exchange of appropriate knowledge and skills
  • Participate and promote the training of staff
  • Deputise for the senior colleagues as required
  • Assist in the introduction of service developments
  • Suggest improvements and assist with the introduction of new laboratory procedures.
  • Perform any other duties commensurate with the grade as required.
  • Participates, as required, in the maintenance of Human Resources policies including Trust’s Appraisals.

Support Services/Equipment

  • Check that equipment is well maintained in accord with departmental protocols.
  • Monitor equipment function and maintenance within the department and alerts senior staff of any unsatisfactory performance.
  • Keep abreast of equipment developments and innovations to ensure that service developments and equipment can be prepared for.
  • Evaluate the suitability of potential capital equipment purchases.

Financial/Business Management

  • Uses reagents and consumables prudently to ensure that supplies are not wasted.

Strategy/Policy/Service Development

  • Suggests improvements and assists with the introduction of new laboratory procedures or equipment
  • Attends meetings/seminars, providing and disseminating information and advice within field of expertise.

General Employment Responsibilities

  • Ensures confidentiality and conformity with the requirements of the Data Protection Act, in collaboration with the Caldecott Guardian, Data Protection Officer, and the Security of Information Officer.
  • Develops professional and supervisory expertise by undertaking further training as appropriate.
  • Maintains evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) in order to meet mandatory screening and registration requirements.
  • Adheres to Trust policies and procedures.
  • Performs any other duties commensurate with the grade as required.

Additional Duties

  • Complies with the Trust’s Infection Control policies, in order to prevent and/or control the spread of infection throughout the Trust and wider healthcare community.

N.B. The modern NHS is constantly evolving, thus the contents of this job description are likely to change to meet the developing needs of the pathology department and the Trust. Any changes would, however only be made after consultation with the post holder.

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