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BMS Microbiology (Part time)

London – HCA Laboratories
Part time
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BMS Microbiology (Part time)

Part-time 22.5 hours per week, Wednesday Thursday and Friday



  • Registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Hold evidence of, and continue to demonstrate continual personal/professional development ensuring up-to-date knowledge and working to high professional standards.
  • Demonstrate a positive and responsive attitude.
  • Adhere to, and work in accordance with all appropriate guidelines and policies.
  • IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Medical Microbiology, or equivalent experience (eg. 5 years post registration)


  • Work competently and take day-to-day responsibility for the service provided within allocation areas of work.
  • Maintain technical expertise within areas of work and provide advice to service users/team members as required.
  • Use specialist knowledge to determine appropriate testing as required.
  • Understand the concept of validation/verification and provide plans for how such work may be undertaken.
  • Produce complex and professional laboratory reports.
  • Assist in service review and development.
  • Ensure work undertaken conforms to the procedures defined in local policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that work conforms to the required standards outlined in ISO 15189.
  • Safely handle and triage samples ensuring that urgent work is prioritised, and high-risk samples are appropriately identified and handled appropriately.
  • Ensure that clinically significant results are notified to the user in accordance to local protocols.
  • Provide accurate and appropriate information to service users when communicating results or handling telephone queries.
  • Perform day-to-day duties within the laboratory relating to the investigation of samples leading to the release of a completed report.
  • Be adaptable and flexible to meet the needs of the laboratory in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Maintain analytical equipment through regular calibration, maintenance, and quality control and report equipment breakdowns to the manufacturer after basic trouble-shooting attempts have failed.
  • Ensure that appropriate quality control tests have been performed to ensure the correctness of results issued.
  • Use experience, knowledge and judgement to determine the significance of investigations and generate appropriate reports accordingly.
  • Report issues relating to the laboratory to the Section Head, Head of Laboratories or Estates as appropriate.
  • Experience of using a variety of analytical platforms (eg. Roche COBAS 6500, Bruker MALDI-TOF, BD MGIT, Diasorin Liason, biomerieux VIDAS, DS2, Cepheid, Bio-Flash, Phadia, etc).


  • Work in accordance with local Health and Safety and Quality policies.
  • Actively assist in maintaining the laboratory’s quality systems to meet the requirements of ISO 15189 as directed by Section Heads.
  • Work in a methodical and practical manner in accordance to local protocols to ensure consistent high quality work.
  • Acknowledging the reading and understanding of Documents in the QMS in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that laboratory SOPs are fit for purpose and meet the needs outlines in ISO 15189 standards through regular review and updates.
  • Perform audits in all aspects of the laboratory.
  • Ensure that laboratory maintenance is routinely completed for all areas, inclusive, but not limited to consumable logs, acceptance testing, and equipment maintenance.
  • Actively participate in and monitor Internal and External Quality Assurance schemes.
  • Aid in the validation and verification of laboratory services to ensure on-going fitness for purpose.


  • Participate in the development and training of all staff.
  • Maintain and develop training records for all staff.
  • Take responsibility of section and supervise/assign work to junior staff as appropriate.


  • Work safely with microorganisms in Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 Laboratories as appropriate.
  • Work in a safe manner in accordance with local safety policies.
  • Promote a safe working environment and ensure the safety of yourself and others.
  • Use equipment in a safe and responsible manner
  • Work safely with any substances deemed hazardous to health.
  • Report any accidents and near misses in accordance to local protocols.
  • Routinely perform/review Risk/COSHH assessments as required.
  • Ensure that equipment is well maintained and safe to use.
  • Ensure that the laboratory areas are kept clean and clear of clutter.
  • Take responsibility for the area of work allocated and ensure that a clear and clean area is maintained.


  • Respond to requests for information, in a polite, helpful, and concise manner.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Provide clear and professional verbal/written reports as required.
  • Promote good working relationships at all times.
  • Deal with complaints/issues as appropriate.
  • Provide information and/or specialist advice on laboratory services.
  • Communicate and explain complex and sensitivities information to service users.
  • Communicate effectively with all staff across Departments.
  • Ensure the communication of important results in accordance with local protocols.
  • Appropriately record and communicate results within the laboratory IT system.
  • Communicate/feedback to all team members regarding technical incidents, non-compliances, and complaints.


  • To undertake laboratory analysis in a cost-effective manner.
  • To aid in the management and maintenance of stock within the laboratory to ensure continued provision of an uninterrupted service within an efficient budget.
  • To aid in the care and continued maintenance of laboratory equipment.


  • Routine work with potentially infectious pathological samples.
  • Routine work with potentially dangerous chemicals.
  • Regular long periods of computer based work and data entry
  • Prolonged periods of concentration required for interpretation of results and authorisation of reports,
  • Daily pressures and stress of managing a high volume of work, to a high standard, ensuring turn-around-times met for results.
  • Exposure to low-level noise from laboratory equipment
  • Daily use of personal protective equipment
  • Minimal lifting and moving of equipment/items


  • To be responsible on a day-to-day basis for any allocated section of the laboratory.
  • To undertake additional duties/responsibilities as delegated by senior staff members.
  • To participate in covering nightshift work as required.
  • To participate in working Bank Holidays as required
  • To participate in weekend work
  • Any other duties as may be required
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