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Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Band 7

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Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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John Radcliffe Hospital
£33,222 to £43,041 pa
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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 four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General 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 Value 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 significant 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 www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist Microbiology

£33,222 - £43,041 / annum pro rata (with enhanced pay for night and weekend working)

*Vacancy only open to Employees of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust*

We are looking to appoint an HCPC registered and experienced specialist Biomedical Scientist with the skills required to work as a Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist. The applicant will have expertise and competence in Microbiology, who has obtained the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Medical Microbiology or Virology and an equivalent post graduate qualification, ideally to Masters Level. The candidate will also demonstrate additional knowledge gained in a field of interest during their post specialist education such as H&S; Quality; Training; Molecular etc.

We are a busy department receiving >650,000 samples per year. The department is UKAS (ISO15189) accredited and you must have knowledge and experience of good quality management, undertaking audits and maintaining competence and CPD. The department has a large range of automation as well as manual methods and successful applicants will be expected to rotate through all areas of the department, which include bacteriology, mycology, serology and molecular microbiology.

You must be highly motivated with excellent organizational skills to support, maintain and improve service, as well as good supervisory and communication skills, presentation skills, team working, leadership skills and demonstrable OUH values of behaviour and conduct. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the departmental IT system, as well as document control, audit, quality management, ISO 15189:2012, H&S and training. You must be able to demonstrate current evidence of CPD and contribution towards service improvement. You must be able to work under pressure, meeting deadlines in addition to your routine laboratory workload and demonstrate an ability to be adaptable and flexible to change and an ability to motivate others.

The successful applicant will be expected to take on additional responsibility as required for this post (area of responsibility to be confirmed, but in line with service development and requirement).

The department is 24/7 working and you must have a commitment to work the shift system within the laboratory at the John Radcliffe to meet service provision. This involves day, evenings, nights and weekend sessions. This is a full time post (37.5 hours / week).

Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of service apply.

Closing Date: 21 January 2019 

Interview Date(s) Friday 1 February 2019

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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

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Sarah Oakley, Microbiology Laboratory Manager on 01865 220886.