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Job Summary

An opportunity has arisen at EKHUFT for the position of Senior Biomedical Scientist within Cellular Pathology, in a supervisory role for the Histopathology laboratory. Cellular Pathology is based at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, providing a wide range of cellular diagnostics in a team based environment.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years post HCPC registration experience and have a keen interest in all aspects of histopathology and a wider understanding of the broader issues at play within busy multi-disciplinary diagnostic service.

Main duties of the job

As a senior biomedical scientist, the potential to continually develop leadership skills and experience of laboratory quality management processes is expected and supported. The applicant will have proven experience supervising, training and managing staff, as well as a clear understanding of UKAS ISO:15189 accreditation standards. Ideally the successful applicant will be familiar with tinctorial methodologies, frozen tissue work and immunohistochemistry.

About us

We currently hold UKAS Accreditation ISO:15189, and this post supports the Quality Lead as well as acting as the deputy to the Chief BMS in all matters pertaining to histological methods.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s vision, mission and values, which can be found in our candidate information pack. The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team within Pathology at the Trust and to help shape future strategy and services for our local population. Our laboratory is positioned within the beautiful garden of England within close reach of the Kentish Coast, London and the continent, supported by excellent transport links. All in all, a great place to work, to live, to raise a family and to achieve a positive work life balance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Cellular Pathology services have been integrated across East Kent for several years. Laboratory services are based at the WHH, Ashford. We provide histopathology, non-gynaecological cytology and autopsy services to EKHUFT and general practitioners within the region.

Cellular pathology is known for its strong team spirit and open friendly culture. There is great emphasis on cross communication between the technical and diagnostic teams.

Cellular pathology as a whole, including mortuary staff, incorporates a team of 84 staff. From consultant pathologists, to assistant healthcare scientists. From consultant biomedical scientists reporting alongside the consultants, to admin support and clerical staff. The diversity of staff within the discipline is all incorporated into the management of the quality of service offered, with the aim of putting the patient first.

The cellular pathology service is UKAS accredited to ISO15189 standards and the mortuary service appropriately HTA accredited.

The Senior BMS Laboratory Lead will be a key member of the team charged with overseeing the throughput of workflow through the main histopathology laboratory. The objective is that the Laboratory becomes more effective in both time management and quality management and meets both regulatory and accreditation requirements.

The position is designed to minimise the time between tissue dissection and the issuing of diagnostic slides to reporting staff, so as to effectively maximise the time available to pathologists to meet the turn-around-time expectations prescribed by the Royal College of Pathologists.

The Laboratory Lead will have the skills and ability to promote quality and effective training strategies and within all areas of the Department. Modern methods of Quality Management and process control are central to effective Pathology services. They are also vital to the clinical governance of and risk management within the service

The expectations of the role within the wider discipline and pathology department are:

Take technical charge of the microtomy and staining sections of the laboratory

Supervising all Healthcare Scientists and ensuring standard operating procedures and policies are followed.

Promote effective team working of staff within Cellular pathology, to ensure optimal throughput and maintenance of expected turn-around times for histological processes.

To embed, section cut and stain routine, skin and biopsy specimens to a high standard of quality.

Contribute to the attainment and maintenance of Clinical Pathology Accreditation and Good Laboratory practice.

Responsible for the adherence to, and review of, standard operating procedures.

Achievement of satisfactory quality assurance both internal and external (e.g. NEQAS) to the satisfaction of the Heads of Service.

Responsible for the training and development of staff in Cellular Pathology, ensuring up to date training logs and the continuous professional development of Healthcare Scientist and support grades,

Ensure that all equipment is adequately maintained with up to date maintenance records being available.

Perform performance review and appraisal of staff as directed by Head BMS in conjunction with the Chief BMS.

Participate in the development of the Cellular Pathology service supporting new initiatives to improve the efficient running of the department.

Participate in educational programmes for medical, nursing and scientific staff within the Trust and for students attending colleges and universities. This may involve work outside normal working hours.

To participate in continuous professional development, CPD and attend training courses as required to maintain personal professional competence. This may include working off site and flexible hours.

Ensure optimal usage of consumables, reagents and other items, minimising waste and promoting efficient and common stocks of goods within the directorate.

Participate in the development of new techniques and equipment.

Ensure compliance with all Health and Safety and COSHH requirements, maintaining safe working practices and records in the laboratory.

To work in high temperature areas as required whilst still maintaining Standard Operating Procedures and Health and Safety Guidelines.

In conjunction with other senior staff ensure effective communication contributing to the development of a Directorate ethos whilst developing and promoting Cellular Pathology services.

Deputise for Chief BMSs in Cellular Pathology as directed by the Head or Chief BMS

Deputise for SBMS lead for Immunohistochemistry if required by the Chief BMS

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registration


  • M level (Level 7) qualification in a relevant subject, which could be a Master of Science degree (MSc) or IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or IBMS Fellowship examination or 120 credits in a postgraduate qualification(s) in relevant professional subjects



  • Advanced Computer Literacy ? Computer Literate ? Knowledge of advances in Cellular Pathology. ? Understanding of general developments in the NHS and how these affect Pathology services


  • Keyboard skills ? European computer driving licence (ECDL)



  • A good knowledge of routine histological techniques, immunohistochemistry and advances in Cellular Pathology. ? Demonstrate continuing professional competence through participation in (CPD)schemes ? Attend regular professional update and mandatory courses ? Understanding of general developments in the NHS and how these affect Pathology services.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 07 June 2024

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