Covid Associate Practitioner
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- 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
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
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: email@example.com.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Basic knowledge of laboratory health & safety
- Some theoretical knowledge of Microbiology
- Knowledge of COSHH legislation
Aptitude and Persona; Qualities
- A flexible nature to cope with changing demands of the service
- Able to work extended days weekends and Bank Holidays
- Willing to expand role to include more complex tasks
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Polly Boyes
- Job title
- Acting Chief Biomedical Scientist
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 01723 236116