Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Associate Practitioner

Band 4

Main area
Band 4
37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£19,409 to £22,683 pa pro rata
26/04/2018 23:59

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


We are looking for an enthusiastic person with preferably with previous experience in histology working a band 2 or 3 biomedical support worker to work as an Associate Practitioner in Cellular Pathology.

The primary role is to assist qualified colleagues in preparing tissue and fluid samples taken during surgery and at post mortem for microscopical diagnosis. This is an essential role that ensures key lab tasks continue smoothly and will involve a mixture of:

·         Manual laboratory procedures e.g.

o   tissue embedding

o   microtomy

o   centrifugation

·         General laboratory support duties e.g.

o   maintaining stock levels, replenishing reagents/chemicals on various machines, maintenance/cleaning tasks

o   Compiling complete cases

o   Pulling slides for MDTs

·         Assisting qualified colleagues in the busy area where samples are received and, if necessary, dissected

·         Limited clerical style roles (maintaining the departmental specimen filing system and some computer/paperwork)

To be considered for the position you must hold as a minimum one of the following: a science foundation degree, Diploma in Laboratory Science or equivalent.  

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Applicant requirements

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

Louisa Brook, Operational Histology Manager: louisa.brook@ouh.nhs.uk

If you have problems applying, contact

01865 2 28726