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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join our UKAS accredited department of laboratory medicine to become a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. This is an exciting opportunity to broaden your experience – working in a modern and well-equipped laboratory, providing an extensive repertoire of investigations.

There a two different full time positions available, please see below more details about each role.


The Biochemistry team is a diverse group of all different grades of Scientist, working together to further healthcare and provide the best service possible for patients.
•    Southampton Biochemistry lab is one of the largest labs in the area and provides a significant amount of specialist testing.
•    Our service is always expanding and looking to make improvements.
•    We are committed to our staff being the best they can be

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Make critical decisions about workflow
  • Perform complex manual testing of specialist samples
  • Be the voice of Biochemistry and communicate with wards and Doctors
  • Contribute to providing a high quality service which consistently delivers on its turnaround times for critical samples.

Job 1

We are looking to appoint a band 6 BMS to primarily work in the laboratory during core hours to aid in the maintenance and continuity of staff training, the quality management system and assist in the general running of the laboratory. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the training officer in the following of new staff training plans and assist in continual competence evaluation. They will be expected to lead non-conformance investigations and troubleshoot analyser issues as examples of their daily duties. However, the person appointed will also be expected to be able to work as part of the shift system to cover gaps in the rota on a temporary basis (including nights and weekends) as necessary within the automated biochemistry department.

Job 2

We are looking to appoint a band 6 BMS to work as part of our 24/7 shift system. You will be hard working, flexible and able to deal with dynamically changing situations within the laboratory. As well as performing general BMS duties that will keep the laboratory functioning you will assisting in the running and maintaining of the automated biochemistry department. You will assist in training staff and helping maintain the quality management system.

We are looking to appoint all successful candidates to band 6, but may appoint the band 5 for the duration of the probation period based on the candidates experience, knowledge, skills, qualifications and competency which will be assessed at interview. Appointment to band 6 will be determined after this period, if not initially appointed to this band or a set period of time to allow the candidate to develop the required knowledge, skills and qualifications required for this post.

*Please clearly state in your personal statement on the application which role you wish to be considered for. You may express interest in both,


You will need to be:

  • Well organised
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Flexible and willing to adapt
  • Ready to take a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare delivery
  • Prepared to be challenged
  • Passionate about Biochemistry


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • HCPC/IBMS approved BSc biomedical science.
  • Registered with the Healthcare Professions Council.
  • Participation in Continuing Professional Development
  • Specialist portfolio in Biochemistry or specialist diploma in Blood sciences or equivalent (experience, qualifications)
Desirable criteria
  • MSc in relevant subject.
  • Membership of professional body


Essential criteria
  • Previous experience in Biochemistry within a medical laboratory environment
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in busy department of large hospital


Essential criteria
  • Respond to competing demands
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
Desirable criteria
  • IT Competency

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to prioritise work and make changes according to unexpected events
  • Work independently or as a member of a team
  • Able to lead a team


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Doherty
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Section Lead
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