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

  • Full Time
  • Norwich

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£18,870 – £19,918 a year

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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 exciting 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 introduced a specimen tracking system and digital pathology reporting for some cases. The service has UKAS ISO 15179 accreditation.

Full time – 37.5 per week

Interview date – 30th May 2022

The Post holder will play a key role in the following areas:

Biomedical Support Worker staff provide an important supporting role to biomedical scientists (BMS) and consultant pathologists. The main duties of the post will include sorting, labelling and processing of patient specimens from operating theatres, wards, clinics, post mortem room, and G.P surgeries. The post holder will also be required to enter patient data on the Pathology computer system, to assist at specimen dissection, participate in routine section cutting and tissue embedding, make up solutions, file and retrieve archive material, carry out daily equipment maintenance and cleaning tasks.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, 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.

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream – access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics
  • To receive and check specimens of tissue / organs etc. from operating theatres, wards, clinics, post mortem room, and G.P.s, with the request forms.
  • To regularly handle fixed tissue, unfixed fresh tissue, fetal, post mortem tissue and potentially infectious material in accordance with departmental policies.
  • To ensure correct patient ID on both matching request forms and specimens.
  • To 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/mislabelled specimens.
  • To give specimens and forms a unique laboratory number.
  • To work in the cut-up room, clean and tidy the room after use, to include using/cleaning/disposing of sharps/blades/knives during cut-up and section cutting.
  • To 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.
  • Handle large quantities of 10% formalin in specimen containers ranging from 60ml to 10L. Lifting of these containers for storage and disposal is also required, on a daily basis.
  • To work towards proficiency in biomedical procedures including routine wax block embedding of surgical specimens, and section cutting of surgical and large biopsy cases.

Please see attached Job Description for full details.

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