Healthcare Scientist - Associate Practitioner of Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology)

  • Department Pathology
  • Salary £22,549.00 – £24,882 per annum
  • Closing Date 27/05/2022
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 4
  • Job ref 223-APS-462
  • 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

The Microbiology Department receives over 480,000 sample requests per annum offering a broad range of diagnostic service for bacteriology, molecular biology, virology, serology, mycology, mycobacteriology, and parasitology. The laboratory is UKAS accredited and holds an accredited status for training with the IBMS/HCPC.

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate for a Band 4 Associate Practitioners post in our laboratory. An ideal candidate will have an eye for detail and a genuine interest in the role which can be challenging but rewarding at the same time

Main duties of the job

General duties include supporting all areas of the lab including molecular testing, maintaining data and documentation, handling specimens, setting up specimen cultures, trouble shooting and maintaining laboratory analysers, result entry, inventory taking and moving & handling of stock items.

Previous laboratory experience would be an advantage, however, individuals with similar transferable skills are also encouraged to apply. The selection procedure will be based on application and an interview, if shortlisted.

Participation in the weekend, bank holiday, early, late and night shifts is compulsory.

The successful candidate should also demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills. All duties will be performed to a professional standard as directed by Trust/ and departmental policies and procedures. You will work across a range of sections including the COVID-19 testing laboratories; you will receive support and development throughout training.

This post is based at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Working for our organisation

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is the main provider of acute hospital care for more than 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Pathology provides pathology services to the Trust and Shropshire County CCG, Telford and Wrekin CCG, Powys Teaching Health Board, Powys Healthcare Trust, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, amongst others.

The Trust

Our two Hospitals, The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford are just a 20 minute drive apart.

This is an exciting time to join the Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust which is undergoing a period of transformational change following £312m of NHSE capital investment. This will fund significant infrastructural development with a strong focus on improving patient safety and offering care closer to home which includes the provision of cancer care.

The Area

We are ideally located between the north and the south, making travelling around the UK extremely easy.  As well as being only a short distance from major cities and busy transport links including Birmingham airport, our county also borders with beautiful north Wales which is abundant in outdoor activities, brilliant beaches, and thrilling scenery.

Please note, for vacancies that receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

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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