Specialist Biomedical/Healthcare Scientist – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Specialist Biomedical/Healthcare Scientist

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire


Job overview

The Department of Immunology at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge seek an experienced HCPC registered specialist Healthcare Scientist.

This is for a full time, permanent position in our busy and progressive UKAS 15189 accredited Immunology laboratory. We provide an extensive specialist repertoire alongside a routine autoimmune serology, allergy and myeloma service to local, regional and international centres.

Working as part of our experienced scientific team in analysis of patient samples, you will be expected to take part in the shift system (days, evenings and Saturdays) after appropriate training.

In return we offer a variety of training and development opportunities, well supported by our professional and knowledgeable scientific and clinical teams.  

This exciting opportunity is open to state registered Healthcare Scientists, with experience in an NHS diagnostic Immunology Laboratory. You will have a Masters degree, IBMS Specialist Diploma in Immunology or equivalent knowledge as assessed by the HCPC.   Evidence of leading a small team and managing a bench or section within a department will be beneficial to your application.

Main duties of the job

Process routine and specialist investigations in department

Work independently and lead on specialist area as directed

Where required, lead and supervise a section of the laboratory.

Provide specialist service e.g. training, problem solving for specialist requirement

Supervise and train less experienced staff

Acts as mentor for more junior scientific and support staff

Provide specialist advice to clinicians as to appropriateness of tests and timescales

To work flexibly in reflection of service needs. This will include an extended working day and participation in delivery of a 12 hour, 6 days per week service

The work of the service brings staff into constant contact with human body fluids, tissues and hazardous chemicals. This may include blood, urine, CSF and respiratory secretions

Maintain and promote professional image of the CUH Trust

Working for our organisation

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values – Together – Safe, Kind, Excellent – are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people’s age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close on 26th March 2023

Interviews are due to be held week commencing 11th April 2023

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person specification


Essential criteria

• HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist or Clinical Scientist • Biomedical Science Degree or equivalent Masters degree, equivalent knowledge as assessed by the HCPC or IBMS Specialist Diploma in Immunology

Desirable criteria

• Working towards appropriate Masters level or equivalent vocational study or IBMS Specialist Diploma in Immunology


Essential criteria

• Substantial practical experience of working in an NHS Diagnostic laboratory • Recent practical experience of routine and specialist biomedical procedures in Immunology. • Experience of Pathology IT systems. • Experience of Quality Management Systems. • Experience of performing Risk Assessments.

Desirable criteria

• Experience of staff supervision and training. • Previous experience of line managing staff • Previous relevant experience of working in the NHS


Essential criteria

• Good theoretical knowledge of routine and specialist biomedical procedures in Immunology • Good verbal and written communication

Desirable criteria

• Understanding of diagnostic techniques and their application to clinical diagnosis


Essential criteria

• High level of accuracy and attention to detail • Integrity and personal credibility. • Self-motivated and able to motivate others. • Ability to be flexible and respond to the needs of the service, • Ability to work with minimal supervision. • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines where there are competing demands.

Desirable criteria

• Openness • Ability to learn from experience • Awareness of self and impact on others

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria

The ability to understand and behave all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Desirable criteria

Flexible approach to hours of work Ability to learn from experience

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Victoria Barnard
Job title
Immunology Laboratory Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01223 216192
Additional information

Hitesh Patel – [email protected]


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