BMS in Virology - Band 5 - London

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Biomedical Scientists, Virology –   Bands 5 and 6


Barts Health NHS Trust  - Department of Infection


Please note this is a Bank/Temporary advert to join the Temporary Staffing Bank

Full-time, Part-time and weekend only working available


Join our friendly, dedicated Virology team and be at the forefront of helping patients and stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

Due to the increase of laboratory COVID testing for patients across Barts Health NHS Trust and networked pathology support across London, we have been awarded funding for a substantial number of additional Biomedical Scientist posts.  Whilst recruiting to these we urgently require BMS candidates available to undertake temporary Bank shifts and on-going throughout the pandemic.


You will work as part of a team of dedicated Biomedical Scientists, on a rotational basis, to perform the diagnostic virology examination and reporting of specimens received in order to aid patient treatment and care and the Covid testing for NHS staff.


The Department of Virology is situated in a modern purpose built facility adjacent to the Royal London Hospital which is close to Whitechapel underground and overground (with connections from Highbury & Islington, Enfield and Chesthunt in north London and West Croydon in the South), plus close to DLR services at Shadwell.


Barts Health is one of the largest Trusts in the UK with multiple teaching hospitals and substantial state of the art laboratory facilities.  We are proud of our state of the art platforms and innovative processes.   Currently the Virology team is formed of around 35 staff, increasing by ~20 scientific and support posts, and processes over 900,000 tests per year. We provide a comprehensive clinical and diagnostic Virology service with a full range of methodologies including automated serology and molecular-based diagnostics. We are UKAS accredited and a recognised HCPC / IBMS training laboratory.


Successful candidates will demonstrate a flexible attitude towards work with good organisational skills, attention to detail and good communication skills. It is essential to have the ability to work under pressure and work well within a team.


AfC Band 6: Applicants will be expected to have a  BSc Biomedical Science or relevant degree accepted by HCPC,  and the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Virology or an equivalent qualification, eg Higher National Certificate. Must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and provide evidence of CPD.   Paid at the Band 6 BMS Bank rate incl. high cost area of £xx per hour.

[Add Bank 6 BMS Bank rate]


AfC Band 5:  Successful candidates MUST have a BSc Biomedical Science degree (or relevant degree accepted by HCPC).  Candidates will be registered with HCPC and have laboratory experience.

Experience working within a Hospital Clinical Virology laboratory is highly desirable. 

Paid at the Band 5 BMS Bank rate incl. high cost area of £xx per hour.

[Add Bank 6 BMS Bank rate]


Appointment as a Band 3 Medical Laboratory Assistant may be considered for New graduates with relevant Biomedical Science degree who have not completed the IBMS registration portfolio and have laboratory experience.


Please submit application via Bank Partners and this will be forwarded to the department to consider.



Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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