Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Laboratory Support Worker

Band 2 and 3

Main area
Laboratory Haematology or Clinical Biochemistry
Band 2 and 3
37.5 per week & Part time
Job ref
John Radcliffe Hospital
£15,404 – 18,157 pro rata
28/06/2017 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


Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pathology and Laboratories Directorate

Biomedical Support Worker
Band 2 – Full and Part-time available
£15,404 – 18,157 pro rata

As from 1st April 2017 The Trust pays the Living wage at £8.45 per hour as a minimum to staff, with the exception of business apprentices. This is paid to staff in the form of an ad hoc allowance which supplements their agenda for change pay.

The Pathology and Laboratories Directorate is comprised of Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, Cyto and Molecular Genetics, Haematology, Immunology, Microbiology. The laboratories are spread across 4 hospital sites, 3 in Oxford and 1 in Banbury. The successful candidates would work as part of a team at the Oxford sites of the Trust

The laboratories at the Oxford University Hospitals have a more diverse range of testing being carried out than many other hospitals, with a variety of specialist work being referred in, training in appropriate specialist sections may be given, over time, as required.

We are looking for enthusiastic, adaptable people keen to work as a biomedical support workers supporting qualified scientists in the laboratory day to day functions; this is a crucial role within the laboratory.

The work will involve a mixture of the following duties which will vary dependant on the laboratory in which you work:

• Specimen reception duties – reception and sorting of specimens, routine processing of specimens and associated tasks, input of patient information onto the laboratory computer,
• Disposal of infected and non-infected material
• General laboratory duties such as maintaining processing machines and managing stock supplies.
• Using chemicals to prepare reagents
• Maintaining the departmental filing system in numerical order; glass slides, specimens and some computer/paperwork

There are full and part time permanent posts to work a range of hours to meet the needs of the service. A flexible approach to working hours is required as several of the laboratories provide a 24/7/365 service.

The successful candidates will work as part of a busy multidisciplinary team and have a positive professional approach to patient care. Previous relevant experience is desirable but not essential, as all necessary training will be provided by the qualified staff you will be supporting.

GCSE grade A-C in English (or equivalent) is essential and similar grades in mathematics and science highly desirable.

No unsolicited recruitment agency telephone calls or emails.

Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments. Also, the Trust now pays the Living wage (£8.45) as a minimum to staff, with the exception of business apprentices. This is paid to staff in the form of an ad hoc allowance which supplements their agenda for change pay.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.

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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

Annie Ashworth Anne.ashworth@ouh.nhs.uk

If you have problems applying, contact

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