Job summary

As a Clinical Scientist (8A), the post holder is involved in delivering all aspects of the routine clinical biochemistry service managed by the Consultant and Principal Clinical Scientists. Main duties include clinical liaison and result interpretation, performance monitoring and external quality assurance, method and equipment evaluation, training technical and medical staff.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join us in the Clinical Biochemistry Department at BHRUT. You will assist in the provision and development of UKAS accredited laboratory services across two hospital sites. This post will be based at Queen’s Hospital, but you will be expected to work on the King George Hospital site as well.

The Department has a workload in excess of 10 million tests per year and hosts a Prenatal Screening Unit for foetal anomalies, acting as a reference centre for other hospitals. Within BHRUT, POCT is used in multiple clinical areas and, with over 300 devices and 15 different tests currently in use. You will join a department staffed by 4 Consultant, 1 Principal, 40 Biomedical Scientists and approximately 40 support staff. We also have a twelve-membered POCT team consisting of POCT Supervisor, BMSs and associate practitioners.

Clinical Scientists with a broad range of experience in Clinical Biochemistry are invited to apply for this position. Success in examination for Part 1 FRCPath and post registration experience are desirable. Appointment to band 8A will require you to have registration as a clinical scientist in Biochemistry with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Appointment to band 7 will be considered for applicants without HCPC registration. The band 7 post holder will be expected to complete HCPC registration and the necessary competencies at which point there will be automatic progression to the band 8A post.

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair, Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive we provide care for the residents of three diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites – King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and Harold Wood Polyclinic.

As we recover from Covid-19, we’re proud to be leading the way in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive for our teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and this will be one of the many benefits of our closer collaboration with Barts Health. Working with them and with all our partners across north east London, we will find a sustainable solution to enhance patient care.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre; Radiotherapy Centre; Hyper Acute Stroke Unit; and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We’re also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Date posted

23 December 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£53,703 to £59,796 a year Per Annum HCA Inclusive

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

162-3859-BK-D

Job locations

Across Sites

Queens Hospital and King Georges Hospital

Romford

RM7 0AG

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Balram Kullootee, Recruitment Advisor, on 01708 435000 ext. 5935. Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Balram Kullootee, Recruitment Advisor, on 01708 435000 ext. 5935. Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications

Essential

  • First or second class degree in Science or related degree. OR alternative qualifications AND completed suitable clinical scientist training externally assessed as being equivalent
  • Master’s degree in clinical Biochemistry in relevant discipline. OR assessed equivalent level of knowledge and expertise within the speciality of clinical biochemistry.
  • Registration as a Clinical Scientist in Biochemistry with Health and Care Professions Council. (HCPC)

Desirable

  • Part 1 Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination, or equivalent.
  • PhD

Skills/ Abilities

Essential

  • oTo have a thorough knowledge of human biochemistry and chemistry, including metabolic processes, physiology and pharmacology.
  • oTo have a good knowledge of analytical methods, quality assurance and problem solving.

Experience

Essential

  • To have completed a formal post graduate training programme approved as appropriate for registration together with supervised in-service experience. OR to have undertaken alternative training and supervised in service experience totaling 6 years as appropriate for registration.

Desirable

  • To have undertaken training and gained experience in a specific sub-specialty.
  • Experience in audit and project work.
Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications

Essential

  • First or second class degree in Science or related degree. OR alternative qualifications AND completed suitable clinical scientist training externally assessed as being equivalent
  • Master’s degree in clinical Biochemistry in relevant discipline. OR assessed equivalent level of knowledge and expertise within the speciality of clinical biochemistry.
  • Registration as a Clinical Scientist in Biochemistry with Health and Care Professions Council. (HCPC)

Desirable

  • Part 1 Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination, or equivalent.
  • PhD

Skills/ Abilities

Essential

  • oTo have a thorough knowledge of human biochemistry and chemistry, including metabolic processes, physiology and pharmacology.
  • oTo have a good knowledge of analytical methods, quality assurance and problem solving.

Experience

Essential

  • To have completed a formal post graduate training programme approved as appropriate for registration together with supervised in-service experience. OR to have undertaken alternative training and supervised in service experience totaling 6 years as appropriate for registration.

Desirable

  • To have undertaken training and gained experience in a specific sub-specialty.
  • Experience in audit and project work.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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