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Job summary

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Band 4
Fixed term: 6 months (6 Month Covid Position)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week to work 7.5 hours x 5 days per week between 06:00 and 22:00 to include bank holidays and weekends)
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York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
York Hospital
£23,949 - £26,282 pro rata
Salary period
06/10/2022 23:59

Employer heading

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Covid Associate Practitioner

Band 4

Please note that contact with applicants will usually be by email, and so please check all of your mail folders regularly (unfortunately some providers filter our messages into junk mail folders).

Our Values

  •  We are KIND
  •  We are OPEN
  •  We pursue EXCELLENCE

We are looking for applications from people who share our values to help make us a valued and trusted partner within our care system, that delivers safe effective care to our local population

People for Patients. Our People, our Patients, our Priority

Job overview

We have a vacancy for a Band 4 Associate Practitioner to join our friendly Microbiology Team at York Hospital in a permanent contract. We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated addition to our team, who we expect will be able to help us provide an efficient, high quality Microbiology Diagnostic Service.

We are committed to providing excellent training and support a variety of CPD and learning opportunities.

If you have the appropriate qualifications and experience required for this role, and would like to thrive in a supportive and scientific department while providing a diagnostic service for our patients, then this is the job for you.

The successful candidate will be able to be flexible in order to meet the service needs. You will work 37.5 hours per week, 7.5 hours x 5 days per week between 06:00 and 22:00 dependant on the needs of the service and including working on bank holidays and at weekends

Main duties of the job

The post holder will perform a range of complex tasks in closely defined areas comparable with a Biomedical Scientist.  The post holder will receive and make telephone enquiries and take and give results to other healthcare professionals. The successful candidate is also expected to perform some reception, Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) and clerical duties.

The post holder will use their individual judgment to make decisions that will have an impact on the provision of accurate and timely reports within available resources.

The post holder will also be expected to support advise and train less experienced staff such as trainees, students and Band 2 MLAs and to ensure that personal proficiency and competence are maintained.

Working for our organisation

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Car Lease scheme and Cycle to Work scheme
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Discounts on restaurants, getaways, shopping, motoring, cinema and finance from a range of providers

For further information on the fantastic range of benefits we offer please visit the Trust's dedicated Staff Benefits pages.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description.

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind; we are open; and we pursue excellence.

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities.  We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks - including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks - to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds.  If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact:

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment.  It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can.  We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE - Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers.  This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against COVID19, this remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Education equivalent to AS Level or higher OR NVQ Level 2 in Laboratory sciences
  • 2 years laboratory experience plus a recognised qualification in Maths and English Language, or Science and Humanities as alternative.
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in Laboratory sciences or equivalent foundation degree in a relevant subject
  • IBMS Certificate of Achievement Parts 1 and 2

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory health & safety
  • Some theoretical knowledge of Microbiology
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of COSHH legislation

Aptitude and Persona; Qualities

Essential criteria
  • A flexible nature to cope with changing demands of the service
  • Able to work extended days weekends and Bank Holidays
Desirable criteria
  • Willing to expand role to include more complex tasks

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Polly Boyes
Job title
Acting Chief Biomedical Scientist
Email address
Telephone number
01723 236116
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