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Clinical Biochemistry, Blood Sciences
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Salisbury District Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata if part time
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Biomedical Scientist (BMS) Clinical Biochemistry

Band 6

Voted by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain, Salisbury is an attractive place to live and work and really gives you the best of everything. With easy access to London and local airports, Salisbury also has one of the 31 UNESCO world heritage sites in the UK in the form of Stonehenge and in addition boasts a number of museums and famous landmarks which are well worth a visit. Alternatively, the city of Southampton is only a short train or car journey away or if you prefer the sea, Bournemouth is also accessible.

Job overview

Biomedical Scientist,  Clinical Biochemistry. Band 6

Hours of working: 37.5 hrs over 7 days

A full time opportunity has arisen for a well-motivated and enthusiastic HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist to join our team in Laboratory Medicine at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Applications are invited for a  band 6 BMS. As a band 6 you will already have an  Specialist Diploma in Clinical Biochemistry. 

Band 5 applications may be considered. 

Main duties of the job

Please see attached Job description and person specification for full details of roles and responsibilities.

Working for our organisation

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust provide general acute and emergency services to 240,000 people, with specialist services such as burns, plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate, genetics and rehabilitation, and spinal injury treatment delivered across a much wider region.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated staff and offer a wide range of benefits including flexible working policies, an on-site leisure centre, a staff discount scheme, on-site childcare and a holiday play scheme. We hold four core values that guide our day-to-day work with patients, colleagues and stakeholders. These are: patient centred and safe, professional, responsive, and friendly.

The laboratory is well equipped and highly regarded by its users, with a track record of excellent performance. It has just undergone a positive UKAS surveillance visit and is MHRA compliant

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for full details of roles and responsibilities.

There is a strong training ethos in the department and as a Biomedical Scientist you will be given the opportunity for CPD, which will include completion of the IBMS Specialist Diploma, should you wish to take this route.  The department can offer guaranteed progression from Band 5 to Band 6 upon successful completion of the Specialist Diploma.

In your role you will undertake day to day analysis and validation of results, together with the monitoring of quality indicators. You will participate in out of hours shifts once trained and competent in the relevant areas. The  Biochemistry Laboratory has a managed service with Beckman-Coulter and is equipped with an automated sample track/transport system, 2 x DXI analysers,  2 x  AU , Roche E411  and has a busy Protein Specialist Section using Sebia and Binding Site  systems. 

Good communications skills, teamwork and an aptitude for problem solving are essential, as is a flexible attitude to work and willingness to adapt to changes in working practice. The Ideal candidate will be keen to develop their knowledge and skills.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • State Registration as Biomedical Scientist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Post-graduate, post-registration training in a specialist area, leading to a completed specialist portfolio (or equivalent). (or working towards)
Desirable criteria
  • Willing to pursue further qualifications.


Essential criteria
  • Understands theoretical and practical laboratory procedures within the department.
  • Ability to work within all areas of the department.
  • Understands quality control / quality assurance procedures
  • Evidence of continuing professional development to demonstrate specialist knowledge


Essential criteria
  • At least two years’ experience as an HCPC registered biomedical scientist.
  • Detailed working knowledge of laboratory information and management computer system.
  • Problem solving.
  • Working knowledge of standard IT packages
Desirable criteria
  • Exhibit competency to work alone during a shift


Essential criteria
  • Possess highly developed technical skills and be adept at all laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to operate / troubleshoot complex laboratory equipment and interpret results
  • Competent at training other staff
  • Ability to organise own workload and that of subordinate staff
  • Possess good interpersonal and communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Give presentations as part of laboratory training programme.

Personal attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work as part of a team and as an individual
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods at technically demanding procedures
  • Willingness to work flexibly
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work alone during a shift period


Essential criteria
  • Show an understanding of Health & Safety requirements, including COSHH regulations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of UKAS requirements
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Amanda Hawkins
Job title
Biochemistry Laboratory Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01722 336262
Additional information

If you would to discuss this position and/or arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Amanda Hawkins, Biochemistry Laboratory Manager


Telephone: 01722 336262 ext 4048

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