REFERENCE NUMBER: CO/YS/079/R3
JOB TITLE: BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST
GRADE: BAND 6
LOCATION: THE WESTERN GENERAL HOSPITAL/THE ROYAL INFIRMARY OF EDINBURGH
CONTRACT DURATION: TEMPORARY FOR 1 YEAR
CLOSING DATE: THURSDAY 10TH MAY 2012
SALARY SCALE: £25,528 - £34,189 per annum
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RECRUITMENT CENTRE, ST JOHN’S HOSPITAL, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh / Western General Hospital
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Tissue Governance Unit – Band 6
(£25,528 - £34,189 per annum)
Full Time (37.5hrs/wk)
The Tissue Governance team is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Biomedical Scientist. You will
work as part of a small team, providing a research laboratory service.
You will participate in carrying out histological techniques, including paraffin section cutting, staining, and
Tissue Microarray construction.
On-going professional development is actively encouraged.
You should possess an honours degree in Biomedical Sciences, acceptable to the Health Professions
Council, and have evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
You should have previous experience in a clinical laboratory or clinical research laboratory. You should have
experience in Molecular Pathology techniques.
The post is funded for 1 year.
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POST/GRADE: Band 6
LOCATION/HOSPITAL: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh/Western General Hospital
DEPARTMENT: Laboratory Medicine
ATTRIBUTES ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
A post graduate qualification
Qualifications .Honours degree in
Biomedical Sciences HPC registration
Experience Experience of working in a Experience in working in an
clinical laboratory accredited laboratory
Able to work safely.
Experience of working in a
Experience of Molecular
Experience in working to
Skills and knowledge Good keyboard skills. Knowledge of Laboratory Computer
Good organisational skills. system.
Accurate record keeping
Molecular Pathology skills.
Disposition Must be motivated and a
Physical Requirements Able to work with good
dexterity and fine attention
Particular Requirements Previous histology
of the Post laboratory experience.
Able to communicate well.
Experience in Molecular
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1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title: Biomedical Scientist
Responsible to Tissue Governance Manager
Department(s): Tissue Governance
Directorate: Laboratory Medicine
Operating Division: Lothian University Hospital Division
No of Job Holders: 1
Last Update: 11-FEB-2011
2. JOB PURPOSE
To play a key role in providing a clinical research laboratory service, as a
member of the Tissue Governance team.
To perform all core scientific and interpretive work, corresponding to the training
and qualifications of a HPC Registered Biomedical Scientist.
To perform complex scientific and interpretive work of, often multiple, specialised
section(s) of the laboratory corresponding to the training and qualifications of an
experienced Biomedical Scientist.
To keep abreast of current techniques and new developments within
histopathology and molecular pathology in order to develop new laboratory
techniques and implement changes to practices and procedures within own
The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides laboratory services to primary and
secondary centres throughout Lothian. These services are currently delivered from 3 sites:
the Western General Hospital (WGH), the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) and the
Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).
The laboratories receive over 2 million requests and 7 million tests per annum, and have
approximately 503 WTE staff.
Tissue Governance is involved in all laboratory disciplines, but mainly Pathology.
No budgetary responsibility. Responsibility for stock control.
4 ORGANISATIONAL POSITION
5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
The Laboratory Directorate and Tissue Governance team collaborate in a range of
research and development and clinical audit projects with clinicians, other
healthcare professionals, academic institutions and drug/diagnostic companies.
The Tissue Governance team will be involved with all laboratory disciplines, but
mainly Pathology. The Tissue Governance team have a responsibility for ensuring
the appropriate use of human tissue samples for research, and for maintaining an
audit trail of all work carried out. This remit includes NHS Lothian and also the
University of Edinburgh where NHS Lothian patient samples are used for research.
The Tissue Governance team are responsible for the operation of a Bioresource
(Biobank) within Laboratory Medicine. The function of the BioResource is to collect
and store human tissue samples, surplus to diagnosis, from fully consented
The Tissue Governance team will provide tissue related products eg paraffin
sections and TMAs (Tissue Micro Arrays) to researchers - internally to researchers
within NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh, and externally to academic
collaborators and commercial organisations.
This post will provide a research laboratory service for the BioResource (Tissue
Post holder will mentor, train and supervise the work of a Research Technician and
at times other rotating staff from research groups..
6. KEY RESULT AREAS
Responsible as a HPC registered Biomedical Scientist for providing a high standard
of specialised pathology and molecular pathology testing for research activities.
This post will provide a research laboratory service for the BioResource (Tissue
Post holder will train and mentor less experienced Biomedical Scientists, Medical
Laboratory Assistants and other support staff as necessary. These will come from
research groups who will work with the Tissue Governance team at times.
Responsible for organising own work load and the work of one research technician.
Responsible for ensuring quality of the team’s technical work.
Play a key role in obtaining and maintaining accreditation status by writing and
updating the Tissue Governance laboratory SOPs, Risk Assessments, and
maintaining a safe working environment within the laboratory. QIS (Quality
Improvement Scotland) are currently developing an accreditation scheme for tissue
banks which will be instated during 2011
Lead BMS for the technical work in histopathology and molecular pathology for the
Tissue Governance team.
Provide advice to researchers and other healthcare staff as to appropriateness of
tests and time-scales.
Use specialist training to operate complex equipment and solve problems.
Supervise and train more junior staff.
Comply with Health and Safety regulations to ensure safe working procedures and
the Health and Safety of other staff and visitors.
Policies and Procedures
1. Adherence to policies and procedures relevant to all areas of work in
accordance with Departmental, Directorate, Hospital and regulatory
requirements. These include the following:
All relevant Standard Operating Procedures.
Quality Management Policies
External Quality Assessment and Internal Quality Control.
Laboratory and Hospital Health and Safety
Adherence to NHS Lothian policies including current data protection
Professional and Scientific
1. Responsible for the validation and authorisation of results to service users
e.g. clinicians and other research workers under the supervision of the Tissue
Governance Manager. This supervision will be indirect at times as the Tissue
Governance Manager will be working on a different site on a day to day
basis.??/who is accountable
2. Recommend further tests/actions when required with referral to more senior
staff /Consultant as appropriate.
3. Performs and interprets routine and complex laboratory tests utilising a high
level of expertise.
4. Performs and interprets specialised laboratory tests, often in more than one
specialty, utilising a high level of knowledge and expertise.
5. Prioritises own workload and that of any support staff.
6. Operate in an efficient and effective manner using expensive and complex
equipment and materials.
1 Liaise with various staff members in other departments and hospitals when
arranging specialised tests.
2 Liaise with commercial service users.
3 Liaise with external companies eg arranging equipment maintenance and
1. Responsible for supervision and training of one research technician.
2. Responsible for supervision and training of other more junior workers in
designated area. These other workers will come from research groups within
NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh and will be working in
collaboration with the Tissue Governance team.
Quality Control and Quality Management
1. Daily instrument testing and quality control analysis in accordance with SOPs.
Carry out first line maintenance, repair, technical fault finding referring
complex faults and failures to line manager or external company.
2. Responsible for ensuring a high standard of quality of own work, and that of
the Research technician and any other more junior research staff who are
preparing histological preparations for the Tissue Governance team.
Research and Development
1. Undertake R&D activities as the main part of the job .
2. Participate in the testing and validation of new equipment.
1. Use of histology equipment including microtome, microarrayer, tissue processor,
embedding station, cryostat, cassette writer.
3. General laboratory equipment.
1. Laboratory Information Systems
2. PC applications e.g. Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, caTissue Suite.
3. Locate Specimen Identification System
4. Analytical software programmes
5. Datix incident reporting system.
8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK
1. Structured review with Tissue Governance Manager, to review performance against
agreed objectives as part of Personal Development Plan.
2. Indirectly supervised by Tissue Governance manager, but works autonomously for
long periods. Tissue Governance Manager will be on a different site most of the
3. Work comes from the following sources:
a. Line manager, departmental head
b. Self generated
c. Research workers and clinical staff
4. Postholder will have an active role, in laboratory meetings, specialist groups (H&S,
Scientific meetings etc.) where planning will be discussed.
9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
1. Follows relevant standard operating procedures suggesting updates and proposing
changes to line manager.
2. Follows all relevant directorate policies and procedures and may comment on these.
3. Operates autonomously within a section of the department, referring unexplained
results and events outwith their span of control to line manager.
4. Is competent in interpreting complex diagnostic test results in a variety of formats
and making valid judgements on the basis of data.
5. Authorises clinical research laboratory results, issues reports/results to service
users e.g. clinicians.under supervision of Tissue Governance Manager. Biomedical
Scientists are guided by Standard Operating Procedures, and good laboratory
6. Deals with technical enquires from more junior and support staff.
7. Acts as section leader for histology within Tissue Governance as line manager will
be on a different site most of the time.
8. Responsible for quality control of own work and that of a research technician and
any other more junior staff working within the team.
10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
1. Working in a demand led environment
2. Meeting tight deadlines and timescales for carrying out research projects which
may have an impact on a patient’s treatment eg as part of a clinical trial..what
3. Performing consistently at a high level expertise and performing more complex
testing within specialised sections of the laboratory.
4. Making complex decisions about the clinical significance of laboratory results,
taking into consideration; clinical specimen, the age and sex of patient and
relevant clinical details
11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
1. Provides explanation of laboratory information often highly complex, to senior
laboratory staff, clinicians and other users, and may recommend further
tests/actions required, advising on suitability of tests and outcomes in line with
2. Interacts with service users at all levels.
3. Notifies appropriate staff of clinically significant results or results outwith
4. Deals with enquiries from all sources, providing explanations and comments and
recommending further actions, when required directs enquiries to senior
5. Participates in departmental meetings and seminars and contributes to effective
communication within the department.
12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
1. Highly developed physical skills and expertise in the discharge of their duties.
2. Accurate operation and reading of manual and automated tests
3. Accurate operation of keyboards
4. High level of hand/eye co-ordination and accuracy involving manipulation of fine
5. Use of specialist equipment requiring fine adjustment e.g. small sample
injection, analyser adjustments and maintenance.
1. Combination of sitting for long periods of time when using a microscope or
when using laboratory instruments such as during the preparation of tissue
microarrays which will be a significant part of the duties. when and how
2. Some manual handling may be undertaken, such as manipulation of gas
cylinders, moving of bulk reagents or clinical waste.
1. The job demands frequent periods of prolonged concentration for the majority
of a shift e.g. to isolate samples of malignant disease from tissue sections as
identified by a pathologist when constructing tissue mocroarrays. do they
identify malignant disease?
2. May involve entering large quantities of numerical data, which requires
intense concentration to interpret data.
3. Involved in maintaining a service for research eg tissue processing in the
presence of possible adverse events including equipment failure.what service
Job requires multi tasking and prioritisation of work. There are frequent interruptions
from phone calls and technical queries from junior staff members who may be
working under the postholder’s supervision as part of a research project. These
staff members are from research groups within NHS Lothian and the University of
Edinburgh who will collaborate with the Tissue Governance team at times.
1. Working with recognisable body parts.
1. Exposure to samples of potentially infectious biological body fluids.
2. Manual manipulation of highly unpleasant specimens e.g. extracting bone
marrow tissue from surrounding aspirate; exposure to dissection of
recognisable body parts.
3. Controlled risk of exposure to or spillage of reagents, chemicals, solvents,
radioactive isotopes, many of which are potentially hazardous or carcinogenic
during test analysis,
13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
1. Registration with the Health Professions Council is mandatory.
2. BSc honours degree in Biomedical Science or equivalent, which is acceptable
for Health Professions Council registration.
3. Formal evidence of specialist knowledge of a range of discipline specific
procedures eg Specialist Diploma of the IBMS or other equivalent experience.
4. Postholder must undertake continuous professional development at a level
consistent with the grade of Specialist Biomedical Scientist. for example, a
specialist portfolio of development, attendance at specialist courses, training on
new instrumentation and learning through reflective practice.
5. A working knowledge of laboratory information systems
6. Good communication / interpersonal and organisational skills
7. Evidence of additional educational qualifications/ self development
8. Must maintain specialist knowledge and expertise across a range of work
procedures and practices which must be underpinned by theoretical knowledge
of relevant practical experience.
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