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.
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.
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.