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Biomedical Support Worker

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Band 3
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hosptial
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum
Salary period
20/01/2021 23:59

We’re looking for motivated, experienced and enthusiastic Biomedical Support Worker to join the microbiology team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).


The UHS Pathology Department offers a 24/7, 365 day clinical and laboratory service to UHS, GPs in the local area and specialist tests to other hospitals throughout the UK. We are a regional, supra-regional and national specialist service provider. Each pathology department works closely together and with our service users to provide excellent service to our patients.

Microbiology processes over 600,000 specimens per annum and employs over 70 staff.  It provides a comprehensive service covering bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology, and has a well-equipped molecular facility.  There is a wide range of equipment throughout the department including MALDI-TOF, Sedimax, BacT/Alert, BD MGIT, Serosep Enteric-bio, GeneXpert, Bio-Fire, Hologic Panther, Diasorin Liason and a range of extraction and PCR platforms. We also provide a large SARS-CoV-2 testing service. You  will be expected to work throughout all of sections of the department on a rotational basis and will be required to work core hours and participate in the weekend and out of hours service. The department is fully committed to your continued professional and personal development, and the diverse training we can offer you will maximise your future employment and promotion prospects.  The Laboratory is currently UKAS accredited to ISO 15189. The laboratory is accredited for training with the IBMS and HCPC.


  • As a Biomedical Support Worker, you will be expected to work throughout all of sections of the department on a rotational basis and the ability to work flexibly as part of the 24/7 rota is essential.
  • You will be responsible for the reception/data entry and processing of clinical specimens, these may include a range of swabs, body fluids, and blood samples.
  • You will be involved in setting up a range of routine automated and manual laboratory tests.
  • Assist with the quality management of the laboratory (for example quality control procedures and audit as required).


  • Someone who is able to communicate well with staff in the department and service users
  • You must be able to plan and use your own time economically and effectively
  • A high degree of motivation and enthusiasm is essential for the role
  • A working knowledge of laboratory areas is preferred


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Thursday 4th February 2021

Please note if sufficient suitable candidates apply, we may choose to close the application process early.


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