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Higher Specialist Biomedical Scientist (Microbiology)

Band 7

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Clinical Microbiology
Band 7
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
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King's Mill Hospital
£37,570 - £43,772 pro rata per annum
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Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH) We are a multiple award-winning, modern and friendly trust, with a growing reputation for providing outstanding care across our three hospitals and in the Mid Nottinghamshire community. We have a stable leadership team, a clear sense of direction and we are working very closely with our health and local authority partners in the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), to deliver a better future for the population we serve. Our staff and volunteers strive to ensure patients are at the centre of our decision making.

At SFH we value our staff.  We know happy, well supported staff provide high quality care to patients. We want all patients to receive the level of care we expect our friends and family to receive and we are making progress with this aim. We have the highest staff engagement scores across the Midlands and in 2018, the Care Quality Commission assessed us as Good Overall and Outstanding for the Care we provide.

We offer a growing range of staff benefits, excellent training facilities and a modern, well equipped working environment. We are committed to supporting colleagues to maximise their potential and enjoy satisfying careers, underpinned by our staff health and wellbeing strategy; ‘Happy, Healthy, Here’. 

If our vision and values appeal to you, now is the time to join #Team SFH. 


An opportunity has arisen within the Department of Clinical Microbiology for an enthusiastic, highly motivated HCPC registered Higher Specialist Biomedical Scientist to join the team. The successful candidate must have completed a postgraduate qualification to M-level (e.g. MSc or Higher Specialist Diploma) or have significant Specialist experience to demonstrate competency to that level.

The Department has UKAS accreditation, HCPC/IBMS training status and CPD participation is actively encouraged. The Department processes around 370,000 specimens a year and is in a new state of the art laboratory that opened in 2006. The Department’s equipment includes BACTEC FX, MALDI, MGIT, UF1000, VIDAS V3, GeneXpert, Cobas, BioFire FilmArray, Adagio, MicroScan and Viper XTR. CliniSys WinPath is the LIMS used within the laboratory and most areas within the Trust and GP surgeries are using Sunquest ICE for test requesting.

The successful applicant will be designated the departmental quality lead, and will play a key role in helping the department to maintain UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation by monitoring the departments performance including the use of audit, document control and internal and external quality assurance schemes.

The Department routinely works 08:00 until 22:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 until 17:00 weekends and public holidays.  The payment scheme is in line with Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

You must:
- Hold HCPC registration
- Have significant experience working in a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory ata Specialist BMS level or above.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andy Coultas ( Microbiology Service Manager 01623 622515 ext 6419

Micaela Stanley ( Higher Specialist BMS 01623 622515 Ext 3633