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Healthcare Science Assistant - Biochemistry

NHS AfC: Band 3

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday - Friday, 07:30 - 15:00, and 1 in 3 Sundays, 08:45 - 16:45, with 30 minutes unpaid break each day)
Job ref
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£20,330 - £21,777 £18,813 - £20,795 per annum pro rata
Salary period
03/07/2022 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

A full-time vacancy has arisen for an experienced Healthcare Science Assistant in the Blood Science service at Furness General Hospital, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

This is an interesting and challenging position which would ideally suit someone with previous Pathology laboratory experience who is able to work under pressure to extremely high standards. 

Based in the Biochemistry section, you will be joining a busy team providing an essential service for patients in the North Lancashire and South Cumbria area.

You will be contracted to work 37.5 hours per week

Monday - Friday, 07:30 - 15:00, and 1 in 3 Sundays, 08:45 - 16:45, with 30 minutes unpaid break each day

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 in Pathology or equivalent experience
  • 3 GCSEs or equivalent including English


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a Pathology laboratory or Pathology reception

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Computer/keyboard skills
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues
  • Awareness of confidentiality issues

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of written English skills
  • Ability to travel between sites

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Disability Confident - two yearsVeteran AwareNo smoking policyDisability confident employerArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Morecambe Bay - Inclusive EmployerStep into health

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Janet Eglin
Job title
Technical Services Manager
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