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Civil Service: Administrative Officer (AO)
Fixed Term 6-month post
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
£20,844 - £23,090 per annum pro rata
03/06/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Healthcare Science Support Worker (HCSSW)

Civil Service: Administrative Officer (AO)

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

  • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
  • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Temporary Appointments: If you are external to the Civil Service, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment, if you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of PHE, you will take up the post as a loan and if you are an existing PHE member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per PHE’s Pay and Grading policy. If you are an existing Civil Servant, (in PHE or elsewhere) you must have prior agreement from your Line Manager before applying for this post.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

Job Reference Number: 919-FJ-33448159-EXT

Job title: Healthcare Science Support Worker (AO)

Employer: Public Health England

Department: Microbiology Services

Locations: Cambridge

Salary: £20,844 - £23,090 per annum pro rata 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week 

Job Type: Fixed term contract 6 months

Closing Date: 03-June-2020

Interview Date: TBC

Job Purpose / Summary

Set on the outskirts of the University City of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the UK and a thriving NHS Foundation Trust. Staff can enjoy a wide range of facilities which include on-site sport and leisure facilities, a swimming pool, bank and retail outlets.

We are looking for a well-motivated, enthusiastic person with an interest in science and healthcare to join the team at Public Health England, Cambridge Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.

The successful applicant will work to support Coronavirus testing and related activity. The post holder will assist with the receipt, preparation, and processing of routine diagnostic microbiological specimens. Accuracy and attention to detail is important. This post is suitable for people with good GCSE/ A level/ NVQ3 in science and mathematics related subjects, and/or work experience in healthcare, science or assistant roles. Previous laboratory experience is not essential as full training will be given. The post is suitable for applicants of all ages.

We currently are seeking employees to work either the laboratory rolling shift system (3 x 12 hour day shifts, followed by one 12 hour night shift and five rest days) or the hours of 13.00-21.00 Monday to Friday. Candidates will be considered for either employment option.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

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Martin Strickland, 01223 349796