Band 6 Biomedical Scientist - Homerton University Hospital - London

JOB TITLE:                                        Experienced  Biomedical Scientist    Band 6 post

BASE:                                                Haematology & Blood Transfusion Department

MANAGED BY:                                  Laboratory Manager


The Haematology Department provides an acute haematology and blood transfusion service to Homerton University Hospital, surrounding G.P.'s and Health Centres. The services provided include General Haematology, Coagulation, Blood Transfusion and Haemoglobinopathy.  The job is analytical and the post holder will rotate through all diagnostic work sections of the department. As this is a specialist Biomedical Scientist Haematology and Blood Transfusion post, you are expected to perform all clinical laboratory tasks to support the specialised diagnostic service for patients who require Haematology and Blood Transfusion service. Also when the line manager deems necessary, the successful candidate is also expected to help pathology reception in sorting and booking samples.

This is a specialised role which requires taking direct responsibility for all the results produced and work performed including quality control and assurance, training of Biomedical Scientists and other laboratory staff and direct technical supervision of unqualified staff.

The post holder is expected to ensure the rapid generation of recorded, reliable, accurate results and promptly report to the requesting clinician in line with its respective SOP. The post holder must be able to work independently during out of hours and also be excellent team player; the post holder must be able to provide complex and sensitive results to clinicians and service users. The post holder will be working continuously with infectious materials and will ensure that he/she and others work safely and all Health/ Safety procedures are observed.

JOB PURPOSE:  Biomedical scientist 1 Experienced (BMS 1)

  • To play their part in the provision of a clinical diagnostic service as part of the Pathology Unit at Homerton University Hospital.
  • To ensure appropriate tests are performed on clinical specimens through knowledge of medical conditions and interpretation of the clinical details given on the request form, whether that test has been asked for by the clinical staff or not.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that inappropriate specimen types are not tested and that this is communicated to an appropriate individual to prevent results being misleading and resources wasted.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety issues in general, and particularly in relation to working in a laboratory and to ensure that their work at all times is performed safely.
  • To be responsible for the screening and identification of complex antibodies and abnormal haemoglobinopathies using an array of testing techniques to facilitate elucidation of results.
  • To be responsible for accuracy and interpretation of results and reporting these correctly.
  • To use their knowledge and judgment to determine whether results are normal or abnormal and to instigate further tests as necessary to enable the clinicians to correctly treat the patients.
  • To use their knowledge and judgment to realise when a result is unusual or unexpected and ensures that they bring this to the attention of an appropriate member of the senior staff.
  • To know when appropriate to communicate results of tests directly to clinical staff verbally and to communicate results to the Haematology Consultant so that they can then take further action.
  • To be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their work.
  • To assist in the training of staff.
  • To participate in research.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Haematology Laboratory Manager
  • Blood Transfusion Manager
  • Consultant Haematologists
  • Specialist Haematology Registrar
  • General Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Pathology IT Manager


Technical, Scientific and Professional

  • Undertake manual, semi- or fully automated laboratory investigations, which require good hand-eye-coordination and thus maintaining a high standard of technical work.
  • Investigations require prolonged concentration and accurate blood film examination.
  • Be able to work effectively despite severe time constraints, maintaining accuracy and reliability of results.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment. Run Start-up and Shutdown procedures to make analysers available for others to use.
  • When applicable, enter, validate and authorise any laboratory results produced by themselves or other laboratory staff members during normal working hours and on call so that the final result is viewable on the EPR.
  • Select and carry out, unsupervised, appropriate haematological investigations on various pathology samples determined by review of clinical details.
  • Carry out analytical duties requiring a high level of accuracy and precision in all sections of the department.
  • Assessing results generated and compare with previous or other results in order to identify and act on anomalous results.
  • Maintain accuracy and integrity in the day-to-day operation of the computer system, including logging on of the patients’ details, checking and amending demographics and accurate entry of complex results.
  • Identify problems which could adversely affect work in the section and discuss with the section leader.
  • Carry out some heavy duties e.g. changing of diluent packs on the Full Blood Analysers.
  • Produce daily overdue lists, identifying incomplete work and trouble shoot as necessary.
  • Be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of equipment and record keeping, troubleshooting and requesting engineers as appropriate.
  • Undertake new method and laboratory instrument evaluations as decided by laboratory manage


  • Add clinically relevant diagnostic and interpretive comments to laboratory results in order to assist in patient management.
  • Inform hospital clinicians and GP’s of significantly abnormal test results and refer those to the relevant Haematology medical staff.
  • Be able to communicate complex laboratory results to clinical staff in a concise and accurate manner.
  • Order supplementary blood tests to clarify diagnosis.
  • Take and test blood samples from patients using Near Patient Testing equipment in the Anticoagulant Clinic.
  • Deal with difficult situations over the telephone involving hospital staff, local GP’s or members of the public.


  • Identify, review and update SOPs in consultation with senior staff and the laboratory manger.
  • Participate in internal and external quality control assurance schemes.
  • Assist senior staff in audit of the service.
  • Report and discuss all quality issues with the Laboratory Manager.
  • Investigate any complaints received in the department and deal with or pass on to the section lead or to the laboratory manager as necessary in order to resolve the issue.
  • Work to maintain Clinical Pathology accreditation standards and MHRA compliance.


  • Be responsible for MLAs, trainees and newly qualified staff for ensuring work is allocated correctly and efficiently.
  • Provide motivation and support to junior members of staff.
  • Comply with departmental sickness monitoring protocol and inadequate attendance procedures.
  • Monitor stocks within the section – ensure that proper stock rotation occurs and that correct levels of reagents are maintained.Monitor and order consumables when required.
  • Be responsible for liaising with other laboratories outside the Trust to ensure that additional tests are requested and notify the section leader of any problems.
  • Attend laboratory meetings and be familiar with the minutes of those not attended.
  • Participate in local audits of practice as required.
  • Managing own workload and prioritise work.
  • Liaise with engineers regarding analyser malfunctions.
  • Planning and organising duties independently and unsupervised during day-to-day working


  • Assist in the training of staff (MLA, Trainee, and newly qualified BMS1) on the day to day work of the General Haematology and Cell Counting section, including training others in Quality Control assessment of all tests in the section.
  • Assist in the keeping and maintenance of records of staff training.
  • Participate in departmental seminars.
  • Implement and maintain standard operating procedures, methods and techniques.
  • Attend appropriate seminars, lectures and training sessions as indicated by PDP, agreed with the manager at IPR.
  • Demonstrate that competency is achieved by signing off of the personal in-house training folder.
  • Complete all BT competencies annually and Haematology competencies biannually.

 Health and Safety

  • Ensure safe working of self and colleagues and to work within the code of practice described in the departmental manual and the Health and Safety at Work act.
  • Work safely with HIV / Hepatitis B/C and other infectious samples as required.
  • Report any health, safety or security concerns directly to the Laboratory Manager.
  • Ensure that all incidents and non-conformances are documented and investigated.
  • To implement and audit any corrective and preventive actions.


  •  Assist in other areas of the laboratory as required.
  • All employees of the Trust are required to observe standards/ guidelines relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Confidentiality and Data Protection.
  • Take part in annual Individual Performance Review.
  • Read and comply with departmental safety rules and fire policies.
  • Carry out any additional reasonable duties commensurate with the grade, as requested by the section leader or the laboratory manager.
  • Participate in continual professional development (CPD).
  • Maintain registration with relevant professional bodies (HCPC) and IBMS.

Additional responsibilities of the Health and Safety lead for the department

  • Perform Health and Safety Audits according to audit schedule
  • Ensure that all staff attend Health andSafety training
  • Ensure that First Aid kits and Biohazard spillage kits are in date and inspected regularly

Additional responsibilities for the Quality Lead for the department

  • Assist the IT Manager in collecting Turn Around Time data and monitor Quality


  • Collect Information and Data for the Blood Stocks Management scheme
  • Assist in the validation of the IT system in Haematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Provide statistical data as required for Haematology Consultants and Regulatory bodies.

This job description outlines the current main responsibilities of the post. However, the duties of the post may change and develop over time and this job description may, therefore be amended in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

POST                       BMS1 (Experienced)                                                           GRADE: BMS1 (Experienced) Band 6

DEPT/UNIT             Haematology                                                                         DATE:     30th OCTOBER 2007





 Education / Qualifications

Registration with HCPC

BSc in Biomedical Sciences

Postgraduate diploma in Haematology Blood Transfusion/ Specialist portfolio or equivalent experience (e.g. working 4 years in Haematology and Blood Transfusion).

Registered on IBMS CPD scheme


Skills/ Abilities

Ability to communicate clearly and courteously both verbally and in writing.

Basic understanding of laboratory IT.

Ability to work individually and as part of a team and to supervise and train junior staff.

Work in an organised, time efficient and methodical manner.

Ability to remain calm under pressure

Ability to interpret clinical details and organise work appropriately.

Ability to interpret clinical results and be able to convey complex and sensitive information to relevant personnel in a clear and concise way.

Ability to work to departmental policies and procedures.

Some knowledge of laboratory computers and software.

Good keyboard skills and use of PC.



Qualified BMS with general laboratory experience

Experience working in an NHS Haematology/Blood Transfusion Pathology department

Not less than 2 years post registration experience with evidence of competencies in chosen discipline Experience in the use and trouble shooting of a range of automated and manual laboratory equipment and techniques.

Experience of other pathology disciplines.

Previous On-call experience.

Experience of good laboratory practice (GLP)

3 years post HCPC-registration experience



Knowledge/understanding of confidentiality issues and data protection

Good general knowledge of Haematology/Blood Transfusion

Awareness of blood safety and quality regulations (BSQR) & MHRA

Good awareness of health and safety, COSHH and GLP

Understanding the role of an effective QMS in the effective running of the laboratory

Spillage procedures.

Good knowledge of a wide range of test procedures in chosen discipline with competency assessed.

Knowledge of current laboratory practices, equipment and techniques.

Some knowledge of other pathology disciplines.

Knowledge of current laboratory practice & equipment


 Other requirements

Able to take instruction from colleagues

Willingness to work night and flexible hours when and as the department requires.

Willing to work at weekends and bank holidays.

Commitment to Equal Opportunities.

Willingness to be part of the Night Shift Team and willing to work during normal shift as required at the discretion of the Haematology management team including Head of Haematology, Blood Transfusion Manager and Lead Consultant.



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