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Biomedical Scientist - Biochemistry posted by Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Full Time
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, London
£26,565 - £35,577 / year
5 Applications

Job Description

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are a committed multi- professional team who provide much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London. The Trust has built a good reputation as a place to enjoy job satisfaction and develop professional skills and experience. Our people value the opportunity to work in a supportive culture and, we ensure our team are well rewarded for their contribution. By joining us now, you can play a role in shaping a our organisation that continues to put patient and client care first. Whatever the challenges ahead, we’re prepared to face them as one team.

We are seeking exceptionally motivated individuals to join our friendly dynamic team. In return for your dedication and hard work, we offer well-established, structured mentoring and staff development packages to support you in your role.


Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust was formed in October 2013 and since then has evolved and developed as a forward thinking organisation with a firm focus on the future. We take great pride in our place at the heart of the local communities we serve, providing much-valued hospital and community services to residents in South East London, and we are fully committed to ensuring staff are supported in their roles. There is a comprehensive Staff benefits package available to Trust staff, including car lease schemes and lifestyle & leisure discounts.

The Trust comprises of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich (QEW) and University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) both of which are awaiting award of ISO accreditation certificates.

We have an opportunity for Band 6 Biomedical Scientists to join our Biochemistry team and play a role in shaping our organisation as we continue to put patient care and service users first. This is a busy laboratory with a very diverse local population, and we are consolidating and repatriating our workload wherever possible, giving our staff opportunities to gain experience in more than just the average DGH repertoire.

The Pathology Directorate have implemented a Hub and Spoke model of operation, with the Main Laboratory and services running at the QEH which will be the base for all staff with the expectation that staff rotate across both sites when required.

Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Clinical Biochemistry Band 6
We are looking for applications from enthusiastic Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered, Band 6 Biomedical Scientists, with a minimum of two years post registration experience in Biochemistry. The applicant must possess a BSc in an appropriate discipline, and have completed the IBMS specialist portfolio.

Within the Blood Sciences Department, Biochemistry staff rotate through Automation, POCT, Manual, Special Proteins and Immunology.

Biochemistry Automated instrumentation has been standardised across both sites and includes Roche Cobas 8000s on both sites (C702 and E602) with Roche pre-and post-analytics (RSA Pro p612 and RSD p512) at QEH and a Beckman Coulter Automate at UHL.

Within the Immunology & Special Proteins Sections, we have a Beckman Coulter Immage, a Binding Site SPA Plus, Sebia Capillarys2 and a Phadia 250.

The Manual section includes two Biorad D100s.

Our Biochemistry POCT team liaise closely with clinical colleagues in ward and acute areas, and have just upgraded our BGAs to Radiometer ABL90 Flex Plus. We also co-ordinate the maintenance and EQA of the Trust's glucose & ketone meters and have just installed Aqure for full IT connectivity within Pathology and to continue our work towards full ISO 22870 compliance for these, and all other POCT devices throughout the Trust. We have recently taken on the community contract for Glucometer EQA with one of our Community Trusts.

Clinisys Winpath LIMS is in operation on both sites.
The Trust uses Cerner iCare as its Electronic Patient Record system, including full Order Comms. In addition, a large proportion of our GP surgeries across the three boroughs we serve use t-Quest for electronic test requesting.

We currently use Q-pulse to support our Quality Management System.
Previous experience with any of the laboratory automation and IT systems would be advantageous.

There is a full AfC 24hr shift system in operation. Candidates would be expected to take a full part in the shift rota and to work across both the QEH and UHL sites as required.

The successful candidates will be encouraged and supported to further their academic career. The post holders will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to CPD.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Sue Notcutt, Chemistry Manager, Blood Sciences Department,
( Email address removed ), [Click here to apply]

Please note that the as part of the application process, you may need to complete a short values based pre-application question. Your responses to the question will impact on whether or not you are able to successfully continue with your application. Please have a look on our website to find out more information before you start the pre-application question. If you are unsuccessful with the pre-application question, it means that you are not in harmony with our values. We thank you for your interest in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

For vacancies where a high volume of applications are received, we reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Due to the volume of applications for some posts, it may not be possible for us to contact all applicants with the outcome of the shortlisting. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful.

Shortlisted applicants for posts up to and including band 4 may be invited to sit a basic numeracy and literacy test as part of the interview process. If you have any concerns about your ability in either area you are strongly advised to visit the Excellence Gateway website and try some of the activities and practice questions. If you have been shortlisted and previously passed either test, please make us aware.

Our employment checking processes require that all appointed candidates provide the contact details of their current HR Department.

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