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Laboratory Scientist
NHS AfC: Band 5
Fixed term: 6 months (in first instance)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Part time and Flexible working will be considered)
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Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Queen Victoria Hospital
East Grinstead
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum pro rata
Salary period
09/12/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Healthcare Science Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 5

Welcome to Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and thank you for your interest.

Rated GOOD overall with outstanding care by the CQC we are a specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services for people across the South of England and beyond.

We are a centre of excellence, with an international reputation for pioneering advanced techniques and treatments. Everything we do is informed by our passion for providing the highest quality care, the best clinical outcomes and a safe, positive patient experience.

In addition to receiving tertiary referrals from across the South East of England, we have a network  of ‘spoke’ sites at district general hospitals enabling our consultants to offer their expertise with routine treatments and consultations as close to close to patients’ homes as is possible. With the recent addition of video led ‘virtual’ consultations we also enable patients who have some distance to travel to avoid the additional stress and worry of a long journey.

Throughout the pandemic we have been a regional specialist Cancer and Trauma centre, with extra screening and infection control processes in place to keep all of our patients safe  we have been able to ease the pressure from trusts across the south east and provide vital treatment for many patients.

At QVH we are proud of our achievements and our specialist services continue to record excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We regularly receive excellent results from patient satisfaction surveys and on average 98% of inpatients say they would recommend the hospital to their family or friends.

Our success is underpinned by the skills and enthusiasm of our staff and a strong culture of partnership. We are fully committed to training and development of the workforce with support for continuing education and learning.

Working at QVH combines the excitement, challenge and career opportunities of many larger organisations with the satisfaction of delivering excellent patient care that really does re-build our patients’ lives. 

We also offer attractive benefits such as 

  • tailored personal development to support career aspirations, including accredited clinical and management development programmes
  • flexible working arrangements for a work-life balance that suits you and your needs
  • a dedicated reward programme, offering a range of national and local discounts, cashback and tax relief schemes


Job overview

Are you a healthcare scientist in microbiology or hold a science degree and are looking for something a little bit different? We now have a new opportunity for an experienced healthcare scientist to join our team to help meet the needs of our rapidly expanding Covid-19 screening service in our on site laboratory.

Applications are invited from scientists who hold a degree or equivalent in health/biological sciences and who ideally have experience working in a microbiology or virology laboratory to join us in a busy, friendly department that currently handles approximately 3000 samples per month.

Main duties of the job

The role requires an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a small team.  You will gain experience in rapidly developing Covid-19 molecular detection techniques and undertake routine processing of staff and patient samples. Applicants are welcome to apply for full time, part time or flexible hours with potential to participate in weekend and on call rotas.

Working for our organisation

Would you like to work in a regional specialist hospital for burns, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and corneo-plastics in a pretty Sussex town with good rail links to London and access to main centres such as Crawley and Tunbridge Wells?

  We are a busy surgical hospital with an international reputation serving the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Kent. We have twelve state of the art operating theatres which provide both trauma and cancer surgery and deliver the highest quality services for both staff and patients alike. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Healthcare scientist role is directly involved  in the daily  management of covid testing in our laboratory.  You will work with other scientists, the senior laboratory scientist and quality manager to deliver LAMP testing for SARS-CoV-2 in out inpatient trauma population.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Health Sciences (or equivalent knowledge and skills gained through any combination of alternative study, employment or voluntary work)
  • Numeracy & Literacy at level 1
Desirable criteria
  • Additional theoretical knowledge or applied training through completion of additional virology / microbiology courses


Essential criteria
  • Sufficient scientific experience to develop an understanding and practice of nucleic acid screening tests
  • A working knowledge of a range of standard laboratory techniques and basic equipment
  • Health and Safety awareness
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in a molecular diagnostic laboratory
  • Virology / microbiology experience
  • Experience with LAMP/PCR
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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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Simon Booth
Job title
Senior Laboratory Scientist
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Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Grinstead
RH19 3DZ
01342 414353 or via MS Teams at
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