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Specialist biomedical scientist

  • NHS Jobs
  • Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD
  • 10/01/2019
Full time

Job Description


We're looking for a motivated, experienced and enthusiastic HCPC registered specialist biomedical scientist to join the microbiology team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

The microbiology service has recently become part of UHS's pathology department. This is an exciting time to join us as we move forwards in developing the department within the NHS trust!

The department processes over 600,000 specimens per annum and employs over 70 staff. It provides a comprehensive service covering bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, virology, serology and parasitology, and has a well-equipped molecular facility. As a specialist BMS, you will be expected to work throughout all of sections of the department on a rotational basis and will be required to work evenings, weekends, and public holidays and participate in the on-call rota as rostered.


  • To work as part of the laboratory team, providing a high level of microbiological analysis in order to provide patients with the highest level of diagnosis and treatment.

  • To be responsible as necessary for the efficient day-to-day running of an area in a section of the laboratory.

  • To be able to rotate through all the different sections in the laboratory.

  • To supervise and train inexperienced BMS, trainee BMS or MLA staff.


  • An excellent communicator.

  • Well organised.

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated.

  • A team player.

You will have ideally completed an IBMS specialist portfolio in medical microbiology or virology; however the department does offer the opportunity to complete a portfolio if this is identified as a training need. The department is fully committed to your continued professional and personal development, and the diverse training we can offer you will maximise your future employment and promotion prospects. The laboratory is accredited for training with the IBMS and HCPC.

The Laboratory is currently in transition to UKAS accreditation and has been offered ISO 15189 pending clearance of findings. There is a wide range of equipment throughout the department including MALDI-TOF, Sedimax, BacT/Alert, BD MGIT, Serosep Enteric-bio, GeneXpert, Hologic Panther, Diasorin Liason, Qiagen extraction and post elution PCR platforms, ABI7500 real time PCR platforms, Abbott M2000.


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute trusts and teaching hospitals in the UK, providing services to some 1.9 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire, plus specialist services including neurosciences, cardiac services, cancer care (including allogeneic stem cell transplantation), major trauma services and children's intensive care to a wider area of central southern England. We're also a major centre for teaching and research in association with the University of Southampton, with partners including the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. We provide both paediatric and adult Infectious Diseases Specialised Services and are committed to excellence in pathology to optimise patient care. UHS gained foundation trust status in 2011.


Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.

The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.

If you are interested in applying for this position, we strongly encourage you to contact us for an informal conversation.

Closing date - Tuesday, 22 Janu

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rebecca Allen

[email protected]

023 8120 6408