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NHS AfC: Band 3
Fixed term: 6 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Must be able to commit to a 24/7 shift pattern. Which include night shifts & weekend shifts)
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University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
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University Hospital Coventry
£20,330 - £21,777 pro rata per annum
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Higher level Biomedical Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 3

Job overview

Under supervision and according to Standard Operative Procedures perform an extended range of technical support duties within the laboratory; predominantly supporting Biomedical Scientist staff within the team to facilitate optimal patient care. 

Main duties of the job

Under supervision and according to Standard Operative Procedures perform an extended range of technical support duties within the laboratory; predominantly supporting Biomedical Scientist staff within the team to facilitate optimal patient care.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Coventry & Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS) network as a BMA . CWPS is a long established Network hosted by University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. We have pathology labs in Coventry, Warwick and Nuneaton with a centralised microbiology laboratory at our Coventry site. We serve over 250 GP practices as well as the acute hospital Trusts in these locations.


Working for our organisation

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our skilled employees across our hospital sites in Coventry and Rugby, with high quality patient care positioned at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a national and international leader in healthcare.

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

There has never been a better time to join our team.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. Responsible for inputting accurate and timely patient and specimen data on to Trust computerised systems.
2. Responsible for the safe disposal of contaminated materials, including sharps and confidential waste.
3. Undertake first point of contact for all telephone and face-to-face enquiries dealing in a professional manner.
4. Responsible for the sorting and identifying of specimens received, identifying and taking appropriate action in the event of any discrepancies.
5. Undertake preparation of an extended range of samples for testing by laboratory staff and provide support with laboratory tasks as required by BMS staff.
6. Potential to work in the containment level 3 facilities to perform primary specimen processing and laboratory housekeeping; working to embedded stringent safety systems.
7. Preparation of basic confirmatory/supplementary work to support BMS staff, but will exclude unsupervised interpretive tasks.
8. Responsible for the dispatching and posting of samples to authorised persons and outside laboratories ensuring compliance with all statutory regulations.
9. Undertake agreed clinical and non-clinical tasks following training ensuring referral to appropriately trained staff as required.
10. Participate in the training and support less experienced members of staff in their orientation to the department and role.
11. Act as the first contact point for routine daily maintenance problems on analysers.
12. To participate in appraisals and personal reviews and to work to achieve personal objectives.
13. Operate and perform maintenance on a range of manual, semi-automated and fully automated laboratory equipment and analysers.
14. At all times work according to policies and Standard Operative Procedures and bring to the attention of scientific staff any changes in practices.
15. Promote and monitor adherence to Health and Safety and Trust policy designed to protect healthcare staff and service users from known hazards.
16. Adhere to correct laboratory procedures following accidents, injuries, spillages and breakages and ensure that these are reported to the appropriate officer.
17. When problems arise know when to refer to senior and medical staff as appropriate.
18. Schedule workload to comply with demands of laboratory workflow, adjusting in reaction to urgent specimens, telephone enquiries and requests from medical and scientific staff.
19. Process specimens ensuring accuracy of labeling and any measurements/pipetting required.
20. Responsible for receiving and checking deliveries.
21. To communicate appropriate patient results to those authorised to receive them and to refer to clinical and scientific staff when required.

Person specification


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Skills & Abilities

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No smoking policyImproving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Sarah-Jayne Hayter
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Non-Tech Lab Support Manager
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