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Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist - Band 7

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Weston super Mare has grown to become one of the country's most popular seaside destinations, with a fabulous sandy beach, donkey rides and candy floss. The beach is complemented by lively bars, popular restaurants and of course, the famous pier, which was severely damaged by fire in July 2008 and re-opened to great acclaim in 2010.

Weston also has a number of new housing developments, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ college with a number of sites including a University Campus. Weston truly has a family friendly culture making it a wonderful place to live and work.

North Somerset, the surrounding county, has a fabulous coastline along with superb English countryside. Should you be relocating to Weston, you'll find yourself visiting famous sites such as Cheddar Gorge sooner or later.

The large, diverse cities of Bristol and Bath are only a short journey by car or train, and our convenient location just off Junction 21 of the M5 means the rest of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall are virtually on the doorstep.

Caring for you with P.R.I.D.E our Trust values

May we take this opportunity to introduce you to our P.R.I.D.E Campaign, which sought to describe what working at Weston Area Health NHS Trust should mean for individuals. It has been recognised that the concept of P.R.I.D.E is valuable and it allows the organisation to describe and subscribe to a set of princeplees about how we do things around here.

We have simplified the Trust values to make direct links to what is important to us on a day to day basis which are:

P - People

R - Reputation

I - Innovation

D - Dignity

E - Excellence

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Band 7

Permanent – Full Time (375 hours per week)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist for the Microbiology department at Weston Area Health Trust. The department is fully CPA accredited and currently working towards UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189. The department delivers a comprehensive diagnostic service to a wide range of service users both within the hospital and in the community. The laboratory has an excellent reputation for providing a high quality user responsive service and we are proud to remain an independent service while working collaboratively with neighbouring Trusts as required. It is currently an exciting time within the department whilst we transition to a new IT system in pathology, and as a department actively seeking any opportunity to expand and improve our service. The successful candidate to this post will be expected to be a major part in the department’s development.

In order to be successful in this post, you will need to have:

  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and evidence of CPD.
  • Qualified to IBMS specialist level (Medical Microbiology or Virology) with at least two years’ experience, at this level.
  • Qualified to MSc level or equivalent in your specialist area.
  • A broad knowledge and experience of working within a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Excellent communication, organisational and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Experience of managing change or be able to evidence skills that would be required for this.

In addition, previous experience of managing a team would be advantageous.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal visit to the laboratory, please contact Mr Mark Allen, Lead BMS for Microbiology Telephone:  ( Phone number removed ) .

Closing date: 3rd November 2016

‘At risk’ NHS employees from BNSSG who apply for this role will be interviewed first and external applicants should expect to receive a response to their application after the initial interview round.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received sufficient numbers of applications. We advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Weston Area Health Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff must be aware of, and follow Weston Area Health Trust guidance and policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults and it is your duty to report any concerns you may have through your line manager and the Trust’s designated Safeguarding Lead.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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