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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Level 1, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital
£31,365 - £44,503
Salary period
25/04/2021 23:59

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Senior Biomedical Scientist / Laboratory Lead

NHS AfC: Band 7

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

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Band 7, 37.5 hrs per week with no Saturday rotation

Senior Biomedical Scientist (Laboratory Lead) – Neuropathology (Neuroscience Directorate)

The department of Neuropathology & Ocular Pathology has an exciting opening for a senior Biomedical Scientist (BMS) / Laboratory Lead / Safety Officer.

We are a specialist and evolving team and we seek a new Laboratory Lead BMS to assist the Laboratory Manager with the daily running of the lab. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for safety (joint responsibility with Lab Manager).

We strongly believe that BMSs should maintain their laboratory skills at all levels and so you will also participate in the laboratory rota, through the surgical, post mortem, immunohistochemical and neuromuscular benches. You will work closely with the other Biomedical Scientists, Neuropathologists and laboratory support staff, as well as our service users and colleagues throughout the hospital.

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Laboratory Lead – responsible for the day to day running of the lab.
  • Safety Officer – jointly responsible for safety in the lab.
  • Responsible for overseeing the laboratory post mortem service.
  • Performing specialist neuropathology techniques on neurosurgical and post mortem samples from within the Trust and our external service users.
  • Participating in the department training programme
  • Participating in necessary verification and validation procedures.
  • Identifying and developing service improvement practices.

Candidates must be HCPC Registered as a Biomedical Scientist and will require an MSc or equivalent professional qualification in Histopathology and experience of at least 4 years as a Specialist BMS in Histopathology with full evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) throughout that period and evidence of training responsibilities. On the other hand, a driven, ambitious and technically skilled BMS with a desire to progress to band 7 but without all the required experience may still be considered as a band 6. Experience in Neuropathology would also be highly advantageous.

The department of Neuropathology and Ocular Pathology sits within the Neurosciences directorate and works closely with other neuro-related disciplines, such as neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neurology. The department is also home to the Oxford Brain Bank and research groups from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurology (NDCN) and the NHS laboratory maintains a close collaborative relationship with both.

The department processes approximately 2000 surgical specimens and 200 post mortem cases per annum. These specimens are often subject to complex testing processes, including, histochemical, immunohistochemical and molecular testing. The BMSs rotate through the various specialist areas on a monthly basis, which allows them to follow cases from reception to reporting.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Hannah Keyser
Job title
Laboratory (Service) and Quality (Governance) Manager
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01865 231537
Additional information

Contact the department Administrator, Tamzen Carty, if you'd like to arrange a lab tour.

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