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Senior BioMedical Scientist

Band 7

Main area
Virology (Microbiology)
Band 7
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
MFT Oxford Road Campus
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
25/01/2019 23:59

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of nine hospitals across six separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology, Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider

Do you want to be part of one of the largest Virology departments in the UK working as a Senior Biomedical Scientist? Then we are looking for you!

Employed by Manchester Foundation Trust you'll be working within The Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) a collaboration between  Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT) and Public Health England (PHE) you'll join over 350 staff working in the Bacteriology and Virology departments. The Virology team provide testing for over a 1,000,000 specimens per annum not only from the Manchester Royal Infirmary site, but also supporting services across Greater Manchester, the North West region and nationally. Using state of the art platforms and systems to provide  serological and molecular testing as well as providing Public Health services as one of the PHEs regional reference centres.

The department embraces all aspects of a modern clinical virology service combining traditional methodologies with laboratory automation. It has a friendly atmosphere with good team spirit and offers the opportunity for you to develop personally and professionally working closely with colleagues in Biochemistry on the largest tracked system in Europe, Cytology with molecular testing for HPV by primary screening and the wider PHE community supporting national initiatives and Public Health support nationally.

The department is a designated IBMS training laboratory and has an extensive quality system in operation fully accredited by UKAS to ISO15189.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated HCPC registered BMS with extensive post-registration experience at  senior level with an excellent understanding of clinical Virology. Experience using automated molecular and serology analysers and knowlegde of the methodologies and techniques involved is essential. The post holder will work as part of the laboratory team, ensuring quality and effective delivery of outcomes to maintain the highest level of service to provide patients and services with the high quality support they deserve.

Evidence of previous supervision, experience of health and safety and quality systems are essential as you will be responsible for effectively managing staff in large sections of the department. Good communication skills are essential  for effective communication with senior colleagues and clinical staff both within the partnership but also within the Division of Laboratory Medicine and across PHE as well as within your immediate team.

Candidates will be encouraged to take a role in the development of training plans for all grades of staff as candidates will be expected to assist in the delivery of departmental training plans and competency assesment.

Opportunities for CPD are actively encouraged and supported

You should be a good team player with excellent interpersonal skills.

The department requires staff to support the department in delivering a comprehensive Virology service over 7 days. To achieve this you will be expected to support an out of hours on call service enabling maintenance of a 24 hours a day / 7days per week service. 

The successful candidate will be expected to work 37.5 hours flexibly between 8am - 8pm Mon - Sun

If you match the requirements above and are keen to join us then we look forward to meeting you.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

John Marsh, Laboratory Manager on 0161 276 5687 or email


Alan Lord or Lynne Ashton, Deputy Laboratory Managers on 0161 276 8843

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 276 6198