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Biomedical Sciences
NHS AfC: Band 5/6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Northern General Hospital
£25,655 - £39,027 pa/pro rata for part time staff
Salary period
23/01/2022 23:59
Interview date

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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Biomedical Scientist

NHS AfC: Band 5/6

We would like to make you aware of the recent government announcement that from 1 April 2022, all NHS staff (including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals), who have face-to-face contact with service users, will need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt to work in such a position. Details on the announcement can be found via the Government Website

Based on this announcement, you should consider your personal position when continuing to pursue employment for a position with the Trust, which may be affected by this change.

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Job overview

There is an opportunity for HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientists or trainee Biomedical Scientist to join the Clinical Chemistry/Immunology service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Training will be provided in all sections of the laboratory 

The successful candidate will work in either the specialist Toxicology area or the routine automated Biochemistry.

Applicants must possess an accredited degree in Biomedical Sciences (for Band 5 post) and a specialist portfolio or equivalent (for Band 6 post).

The successful candidate may be required to participate in the core and shift rotas after a suitable training period.

Main duties of the job

  • Carry out testing in specialist Toxicology and routine automated Biochemistry.
  • Participate in out of hours rotas covering the 24/7 routine Biochemistry service.
  • To be accountable for own professional actions and work for long periods of time without direct supervision.
  • Assist in monitoring quality standards, perform audit as directed in line with service needs.
  • Ensure all tests are performed efficiently within the assigned time and in accordance with established protocols to the required standards.

Please also note this vacancy is banded dependent upon applicants experience relevant to this post. The banding of the successful applicant/s will start at Band 5 unless applicants meet the necessary threshold of skills and experience required to start on Band 6.

Working for our organisation

Clinical Chemistry/Immunology is a dynamic department situated at both of the Trust’s main sites.  There is extensive automated analysis and also a comprehensive range of specialist analytical techniques in use at both sites.

There is opportunity for the candidate to work both in the routine automated Clinical Chemistry department with state of the are fully tracked system and the Specialised Clinical Chemistry where we have cutting edge specialised equipment and techniques.

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

  • To deputise for Senior Staff as required in their absence for short periods of time.
  • Participate in out of hours rotas covering the 24/7 routine Biochemistry service.
  • To be accountable for own professional actions and work for long periods of time without direct supervision.
  • Assist in monitoring quality standards, perform audit as directed in line with service needs.
  • Ensure all tests are performed efficiently within the assigned time and in accordance with established protocols to the required standards.
  • Biomedical scientist 1 staff monitor stock levels and initiate delivery using pre-arranged standing orders against predefined minimum stock levels as defined by laboratory management.
  • Produce, maintain and review standard operating procedures as directed.
  • Assist in maintaining stock levels.
  • Assist with aspects of health and safety monitoring and risk assessments.
  • Deliver appropriate staff training.
  • Take responsibility for their own personal development and training.
  • Assist in planned research and development.
  • Take professional responsibility for complex equipment maintenance and monitoring in line with departmental procedures as directed.
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment in line with relevant standard operating procedures.
  • Must contribute to technical/scientific discussions on service/policy development.
  • Supervise work of less experienced biomedical scientists, trainee biomedical scientists and medical laboratory assistants.
  • Ensure test results are accurate and valid prior to release to the laboratory information management system.
  • Reporting results using the laboratory computer system in line with procedures authorised by the laboratory management/head of department.
  • To adhere to general performance standards listed below.
  • A duty to deliver training and demonstration of working procedures to less experienced staff as directed.
  • Demonstration of working procedures includes to clinical scientists and junior medical staff.
  • The Department of Clinical Chemistry and Immunology has one of the largest test repertories and range of analytical techniques in the Country.  All biomedical scientist staff are required to rotate through all the sections in the service in order to develop competency in all analytical techniques.
  • May be required to provide cover for other biomedical scientists, medical laboratory assistants and clerical staff for short periods of time due to staff shortages.
  • To initiate telephone calls and respond to telephone enquiries by undertaking retrieval of results from the laboratory computer system and to communicate authorised results to appropriate requestor in line with departmental procedures.  This may include responding to telephone requests to amend patient demographics which would lead to the verbal re-issuing of reports that include derived values recalculated against set procedures, e.g. maternal screening results.
  • Biomedical scientist 1 staff may be required under the direction of a biomedical scientist 3 (specialist scientific lead) to take direct training from the supplier of new analytical equipment.  As a primary trainer they would then be required to cascade training to other appropriate staff in the service.
  • All biomedical scientist staff would be expected to participate in appropriate risk assessments, e.g. identifying hazards associated with a specific procedure such as high voltage electrophoresis.
  • Laboratory work involves standing for extended periods while performing complex analytical procedures on potentially highly infectious (e.g. samples containing HIV, Hepatitis or other blood borne viruses) and frequently repugnant samples which requires a high level of concentration.
  • Regular exposure to hazardous chemicals which must be handled in line with control of substances hazardous to health and risk assessment guidelines.  This also includes monitoring and in vitro use of unsealed radioactive materials of low activity.
  • Must be able to concentrate for extended periods of time whilst performing the analysis and in order to avoid transcription errors when transferring data onto the laboratory information management system.
  • There is a requirement to transfer reagents/laboratory equipment between locations in the department.  Where necessary this will involve the use of appropriate moving and handling equipment.
  • Works independently and may work alone during out of hour’s periods.
  • There is a frequent requirement for sitting in front of a VDU screen for long periods of time whilst retaining a high degree of concentration in spite of unscheduled interruptions.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • HCPC registration
  • Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Band 5/6)
  • Specialist Portfolio in Clinical Chemistry or Blood Sciences (Band 6)
Desirable criteria
  • MSC in Biomedical Sciences or related topic.


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of Biomedical Scientist job content
  • Recent/current practical experience of working in a clinical diagnostic laboratory
  • Science background and focus for the future.
Desirable criteria
  • Current relevant practical experience of working in an NHS laboratory
  • Knowledge of IBMS career pathways and HCPC requirements.

Other Factors

Essential criteria
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Special Skills/Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Demostrate PROUD values
Armed Forces CovenantListening into Action (LiA)NHS QuestApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into health

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dean Tazzyman
Job title
Laboratory Manager
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0114 226 6454
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