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Specialist Biomedical Scientist - Histopathology

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
37.5 hours per week (Full time 37.5 hours per week)
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£31,365 - £37,890 £31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
02/03/2021 23:59

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

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have 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 vacancy has arisen within the Histopathology Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary for a permanent full time Specialist Biomedical Scientist.

UHMBT Histopathology is a busy but friendly and supportive UKAS accredited department. Staff development is at the heart of the service with Biomedical Scientists currently undertaking IBMS Advanced Specialist diplomas  in Reporting and IBMS Diplomas of Expert Practice in Histological Dissection and Immunocytochemistry. There are numerous other opportunities for training and development in various areas of practice.

Main duties of the job

You will undertake a wide range of histology duties including specimen embedding, microtomy, quality checking, cryotomy, small tissue transfer, special stains, immunohistochemistry, non-gynae cytology and andrology.

Additionally the Specialist Biomedical Scientist would be expected to take some responsibility in the day to day running of the laboratory by assisting Advanced Biomedical Scientists. You would also assist with the training of staff including placement students, trainee Biomedical Scientists and Apprentices.


Working for our organisation

Hours of Duty:
37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You must be HCPC registered, hold the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Cellular Pathology (or equivalent) and should have a minimum of two years employment as a Biomedical Scientist within Histopathology. Appropriate in house training will be given to the successful candidate.

The department has recently had capital investment for a Leica Spectra stainer, a Menarini Magnus tissue processor and an SQA-Vision. Implementation of Her2 ISH will begin in 2021.

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • HCPC registration
  • Specialist portfolio in Cellular Pathology (or equivalent)


Essential criteria
  • More than two years employment as a Biomedical Scientist
  • Highly develloped technical and scientific skills

Skills, ability & knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Highly developed communication skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paul Atkinson
Job title
Histopathology Technical Services Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01524 519493
Additional information

or 07973 947555