SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Band 4 Associate Practitioner- Microbiology

  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Basildon, Essex
  • Salary: £25,147 to £27,596 Per Annum
  • AfC Banding: 4

We are currently recruiting for Band 4 Associate Practitioner to join our fast paced and dynamic Microbiology team. This role is part of a team which provides an efficient and effective Microbiology service to two general hospitals (Southend University/Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital Trusts) and local GP community. We’re the first lab in the UK to be able to offer some Specialist BMS staff the opportunity to read bacterial cultures from home, utilising BD Kiestra Synapsys technology.

As an Associate Practitioner you will be expected to perform a number of Healthcare scientific activities including undertaking standard biomedical investigations (tests) and non-routine tests on a range of body fluids, swabs and tissues under the supervision of a HCPC registered practitioner. You will be required to rotate through designated areas of Microbiology within the Hub as required dependant on experience and training. Other duties will involve performing QC and maintenance on complex analysers, carrying out basic trouble-shooting for some analysers, supporting SBMS and BMS in performance of routine and complex tests and to provide training and supervision of MLA staff. You will not authorise results as this is a non-HCPC registered post. Applicants must currently have permission to work in the UK.


  • Be able to rotate through all areas of the laboratory required (dependent on qualifications, experience and training) performing all designated duties in accordance with local working practices whilst maintaining high personal standards and conforming to Health and Safety regulations.
  • Perform routine and specialist biomedical investigations, and participate daily in the scientific and technical activities of the laboratory section, which may include specimen reception functions, under the supervision of Biomedical Scientists.
  • Participate in and assist with clinical trials, the development of new tests and research & validation of equipment ensuring at all times compliance with all policies as required by regulatory directives, accreditation bodies and local management policies and practices. Propose changes to standard operating procedures as required in order to develop and streamline the service or to reflect other changes.
  • Utilise the laboratory LIMS, Q-Pulse quality monitoring system and other application software according to authorised protocols including assisting in computer data entry in all areas of the laboratory.
  • Provide supervision, training and professional leadership to junior staff which includes monitoring their performance against laboratory standards and their training plans.
  • Encourage active participation in continuous professional development and support the introduction of new technologies and / or systems by being a change advocate, and active mentor and a tutor to junior staff.
  • Demonstrate on going competency against training plans and participate positively in CPD (continuous professional development) activities


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant NVQ level 3 plus additional theoretical and applied training to Level 4 diploma equivalent level
  • Participation in CPD activities
  • Proven basic working knowledge of a diagnostic laboratory, preferably Microbiology
  • Previous experience in an AP or MLA role desirable.

At SYNLAB, we believe in nurturing a culture of well-being and ensuring our employees are supported both professionally and personally. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer an exhilarating rewards package, including our incredible Wellbeing Allowance worth up to £1,500 per annum for our esteemed team members working in Band 2 – 6 roles.  Additionally, for band 5 & 6 roles, where night shift is part of the role requirements, you will receive enhanced night shift payment.

About Us

SYNLAB UK & Ireland work closely with clinicians, hospitals, occupational health providers and clinical researchers to provide a complete pathology offering.

We operate in increasingly diverse environments which is reflected in our workforce, clients, customers, suppliers, communities and partners. We believe an inclusive workplace culture is the best way to source, attract and retain diverse and talented people, and create a sustainable, high-performing workforce.

We believe our staff is vital to the principle of making a positive difference to healthcare, therefore, we promote a culture of continuous personal development where scientists and staff have the support and resources to acquire new skills and build their careers through learning and development opportunities, coaching and clear career pathways.

We promote an open and collaborative culture where leaders act as role models and facilitate a two-way communication, engage with staff and stakeholders transparently and actively encourage feedback and suggestions.

Please note that we reserve the right to close any adverts once we have received a sufficient number of applications. If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within two weeks of your application, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

SYNLAB UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable UK employment law.

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