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Specialist Biomedical Scientist –Bacteriology IT Lead posted by NHS

Full Time
Southmead Hospital, Bristol
£27,803 - £35,434 / year
NHS Band 6

Job Description

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health.

Please note that if the pay scheme is listed as 'Other', the post advertised will be subject to Public Health England Civil Service Terms and Conditions of employment unless otherwise stated.

This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

For posts on Public Health England Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems which have annual pay increments. Salary increases are awarded based on performance assessed through the annual appraisal cycle. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.

PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. Between 2021 and 2024 all posts based at the Porton, Colindale, Skipton and Wellington House sites (except positions in Centres & Regions) will move to PHE Harlow as part of this major development. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally, and enable locally, a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. A network of regional laboratories across England supports this aim and delivers a portfolio of work that is interesting and complex across diagnostics, public health investigations and epidemiology. Furthermore, the network and access to Civil Service learning provides an excellent opportunity for personal and professional development.

The Infection Sciences department at North Bristol NHS Trust is formed from a collaboration between North Bristol NHS Trust and Public Health England. This is a busy and forward looking laboratory that receives in excess of 1.3 million specimens a year from a large number of clinical specialities located within Bristol and Bath hospital trusts, and beyond, which contribute to an interesting and varied workload. The laboratory is located within North Bristol NHS Trust and is a new, modern and fully automated laboratory incorporating state of the art equipment. It lies within easy reach of the city of Bath and surrounding villages. We have close links with our host Trusts as well as both Universities in Bristol and the proximity of the motorway network makes an ideal base for travel to London, the Midlands, Wales and the coastal resorts of the South West.

We are seeking a highly motivated and competent Biomedical Scientist to act as IT lead for Bacteriology. This will form part of their role as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist and protected time will be offered to undertake all aspects of the position. In order to be successful, candidates will need to be able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge of Bacteriology with significant post state registration experience. HCPC registration is essential.

You will be joining a committed team that is passionate for taking the service forward. This is a dynamic role and will require you to bring agility and ambition to the table. In return, we will support you in developing your skills in order that you realise your full potential.

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week to include weekday shifts between 0830h – 2000h, Saturdays, Sundays and some Public Holidays on a rotational basis. Participation in the out of hours multi-site service will be required.

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

For further details / informal visits contact:

Mr Jonathan Steer, Infection Sciences Service Manager [Click here to apply].

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how the PHE Charter is an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver a service.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.

Employees who feel they have been unfairly treated during a recruitment process can use the civil service commission’s grievance procedure. External candidates should complain to the hiring manager handling their campaign. In addition both internal and external candidates have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application may be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. If imported, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Public Health England transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.

Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.

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