Clinical Support - Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) - Cellular Pathology

  • Department Cellular Pathology
  • Salary £18,546.00 – £19,918 per annum
  • Closing Date 26/01/2022
  • Location Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 2
  • Job ref 223-MCP-852
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job overview

Applications are invited for a Medical Laboratory Assistant in Cellular Pathology to join the friendly team who provide the histology and non-gynaecological service for our area. The successful candidate will gain some great experience whilst working in our busy laboratory at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site.  We process around 32,000 histology and 2,000 non-gynaecological requests per annum. 

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work in collaboration with Biomedical Scientists and other colleagues to assist in the provision of a diagnostic service.  Duties are varied and will include tasks of a practical nature for which a high level of manual dexterity, neatness and prolonged concentration is needed. You will need to be comfortable with the handling and disposal of human tissue. This post also includes data entry, filing of microscope slides, maintenance of laboratory equipment and assisting the Consultant Histopathologists and Specialist Biomedical Scientists during specimen examination and dissection.

Attention to detail, data entry experience and accurate keyboard skills are essential for this position. You must have a good general education up to GCSE including Maths, English and Science (grades 9 - 4 or equivalent), previous experience in a laboratory environment would be advantageous however training will be provided.

Working for our organisation

Cellular Pathology is rapidly changing, this is an exciting time to join the department as we have just installed new laboratory equipment to modernise and digitalise our services.  The department can be extremely busy at times; if you are looking for a challenge and enjoy a varied workload, this is the ideal job for you.

Our laboratory hours are currently Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 5.15pm.

Please note this is an entry level position and not suitable for Biomedical Science graduates wishing to complete the IBMS Registration Portfolio.

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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