Biomedical Scientist

Job Title: Biomedical Scientist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £27025 - £29515 per annum
Start Date: 2019-02-25 00:00:00
Reference: 041225719
Contact Name: Claire Beedon
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 31, 2019 13:39

Job Description

We are recruiting for a State Registered BMS to work in the Clinical Immunology and haemato-oncology service within a leading University. 

The post holder will also be asked to run samples for clinical trials and will work closely with senior BMS/Clinical Scientist and medical staff to ensure the delivery of a quality-driven, efficient and cost effective clinical immunology and haemato-oncology service.

The post holder will rotate through all sections of the department, performing all routine and specialist techniques in accordance with standard operating procedures and in a manner appropriate to their professional experience and the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  The post will commence in the cell function and immunophenotyping section of the laboratory which currently uses BD FACSCanto ll flow cytometers.

The laboratory participates in a number of national training programmes and would expect the post holder to participate in supporting these training programmes.

Main Duties
Carry out all laboratory duties associated to a standard that meets the departments national external Quality Assurance and ISO 15189 Accreditation standards, including:

  • Pre-examination processes
  • Compliance with all statutory and legislative requirements including patient confidentiality and the Data Protection Act.
  • Competent and efficient use of computerised data management system
  • Undertake internal quality control procedures, examine and document Quality Control results to identify poor performance and instigate remedial action.
  • Running assays
  • Reporting results
  • Maintaining appropriate stocks/records/documentation in accordance with laboratory policies and procedures
  • Maintain and implement departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).

Ensure that safe working practices are followed in accordance with departmental Safety Policy and maintain awareness of and adherence to University policies, including those relating to discipline, grievance, sickness, absence and health and safety.

Maintain an ongoing and up to date Professional Development Plan. Undertake courses and other activities to satisfy HCPC Continuing Professional (CPD) requirements. Ensure personal competency documentation meets ISO 15189 standard.

Undertake regular audit

Assist in the supervision, training and teaching of staff and participate in the department’s training plan.

Required knowledge, skills, Qualifications, Experience
Comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge of medical laboratory science (in particular, immunology and haemato-oncology.

Have a good understanding of the basic principles of immunology and cell immunophenotyping.

Detailed understanding of health and safety matters related to medical laboratory science and familiarity with local, University and national legislation (e.g. Health and Safety at work Act).

Clear appreciation of the implications and requirements concerning the confidentiality of patient information (e.g. Data Protection Act, Caldicott principles, etc.)

Sound knowledge of internal and external quality control and quality management in the context of the requirement of UKAS ISO15189

Competent laboratory skills in immunophenotyping, immunochemistry and autoimmune serology

Excellent communication skills and the ability to contribute positively to discussions with staff at all levels both within and without the department.

Ability to accurately undertake and report on sample investigations, analysing the outcome of tests or procedures and their clinical significance.

Able to recognise problems and suggest solutions.
Have computer literacy/IT skills that allow candidate to undertake the work required and be able to manipulate and present data to departmental meetings

Biomedical Science degree, or equivalent qualification, acceptable to the IBMS/HCPC for State Registration.
Completion of the IBMS training log book or registration and specialist portfolios.
State Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in accordance with HPC requirements

Broad experience of working in a clinical diagnostics laboratory.
Experience in flow cytometry for haemato-lymphoid malignancy and immunodeficiency.

Planning and organising - Excellent time management capabilities and ability to prioritise own work (and that of MLAs/trainees/students) appropriately.

Problem solving and decision making
Able to receive, process and provide data of a complex technical nature.
Able to investigate quality control problems and plan remedial action to ensure patient safety.
Able to trouble shoot assay or equipment failings as they arise and monitor trends. The post holder will then work with senior BMS/CS staff to implement improvements.
Able to undertaken audit and develop action plans from audit findings.

Internal and external relationships
Ability to work as part of a team.

Able to communicate scientific matters effectively with senior and junior staff within the department and to contribute to departmental meetings.

Able to communicate knowledge to trainees as part of training and competency. Together with senior staff (and the training officer) plan, organise and supervise the work of any trainee BMS staff, MLAs or students in the department.

Able to communicate effectively with end users when competent and know how to escalate calls to senior staff. This includes handling telephone enquiries in a polite, professional manner

if you have the experience/skills to undertake this role please apply

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