SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Specialist Biomedical Scientist- Microbiology

  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Basildon, Essex
  • Salary: £35,392 to £42,618 + £5,000 Joining Bonus
  • AfC Banding: 6

We are currently recruiting for Specialist Biomedical Scientists 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. Applicants must currently have permission to work in the UK.

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.

The postholder will be expected to be able to rotate through all areas of Microbiology as required, and to perform all designated duties in accordance with local working practices. You will need to perform and interpret routine and specialist biomedical investigations autonomously and to provide patients results within agreed quality standards of service delivery and turnaround times under the supervision of senior staff. You will need to provide professional leadership to Trainee BMS, Associate Practitioner, Laboratory technicians and MLAs in Bacteriology, Molecular biology, and Serology and provide technical advice to clinicians as to the appropriateness of tests and timescales.

As an important member of our team, you will be fundamental in making a positive difference to our healthcare service. You will receive regular training and coaching to develop your skills and to support you in your working life. We seek candidates who are passionate with good interpersonal skills and the drive to develop their career within our supportive environment.

Role specificAutomation Laboratory – Kiestra TLA, MRSA and Urogenital Sections

  • To be experienced in set-up and use of Kiestra automation
  • To monitor workflow in area of responsibility, adjusting protocols to ensure smooth throughput of work and in-line with best practice
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for automated ID, AST, wound swabs, providing cover as required

Role specific – Automation Laboratory – Automated ID, AST, reading room and wound swab sections

  • To be experienced in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of automated systems for ID and AST (Maldi-Tof and BD Phoenix)
  • To act as key contact and laboratory link for Infection Control
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for Kiestra TLA, MRSA and Urogenital Sections, providing cover as required

Role specific – Manual Bacteriology – CL3, Mycology and Waste Management

  • To be experienced in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of liquid TB culture platform (BD MGIT)
  • To ensure correct procedures are adhered to with regard to handling of CL3 and Schedule 5 organisms
  • To oversee autoclave room, ensuring safe practice is adhered to
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for Blood culture, Sterile body fluid, Faeces, Environmental sections, providing cover as required
  • To act as Health and Safety Lead for the department, ensuring COSHH and risk assessments are performed and maintained. Providing reports to Quality Lead for inclusion in Quarterly Management Report

Role specific – Manual Bacteriology – Blood culture, Sterile body fluid, Faeces, Environmental sections

  • To be experienced in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of blood culture platform (BD FX) in ESLs and Hub
  • To oversee training and competency assessment of staff loading / unloading BD FX at ESLs
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for CL3 and Mycology and waste management, providing cover as required

Role specific – NAATs and urinalysis

  • To be experienced in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of automated systems for NAATs (Hologic Panther)
  • To be expert in set-up, use and advanced trouble shooting of automated system for urine microscopy (IQ200 sprint)
  • To be expert in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of automated system GeneXpert
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for Serology, providing cover as required

Role specific – Serology

  • To be experienced in set-up, use and advanced trouble-shooting of automated and semi-automated systems for serology (Beckman-Coulter DXi, AU5812, VIDAS, DS2)
  • To work in conjunction with Team Manager for NAATs and urinalysis, providing cover as required

Qualifications and experience required:

  • HCPC registered, have at least 2 years post registration experience and have a Specialist portfolio or equivalent in Microbiology. We will consider applications from people nearing the completion of their specialist portfolio.
  • Able to work across 3 different sites in a 24-7 work environment if required.
  • Able to work with a high degree of accuracy, numeracy, interpretive skills and good problem-solving skills.
  • Able to demonstrate a good knowledge and experience of industry standard laboratory information management systems and computer applications including Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Statistical Packages.
  • Working knowledge of Microbiological manual and automated techniques and practices.
  • Working knowledge of serology and Molecular biology techniques and platforms.

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 £1500 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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