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Principal Clinical Scientist - Biochemistry

Band 8A

Main area
Core Clinical Services
Band 8A
37.5 hours per week
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Southmead Hospital
£42,414 - £49,969 per annum
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We are seeking a motivated individual to join our enthusiastic and friendly team in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Southmead Hospital Bristol. You will be working for the largest NHS Trust in the SW Region that provides medical, surgical and maternity care for a population of approximately half a million people in North Bristol and the surrounding community. In 2014 the Trust relocated the majority of its acute services to the Brunel Building, one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe offering exemplary care in a beautiful and purpose built environment.

There has been significant investment in redeveloping laboratory services at Southmead Hospital with a new state of the art Pathology Sciences Laboratory accommodating an integrated multidisciplinary laboratory service. The Biochemistry Department offers a broad range of routine and specialist services including an integrated Blood Sciences Automated Laboratory, Biochemical Genetics and New-born Screening, Clinical and Forensic Toxicology, Antenatal Screening, Cholinesterase Investigation Unit and Point of Care testing Service. The department achieved full UKAS Accreditation in 2018.

The post holder will be a key member of the Blood Sciences team; you will primarily provide scientific and clinical support to the SW Regional Biochemical Genetics and Newborn Screening Laboratory. The laboratory provides a regional and national diagnostic service for a wide variety of inherited metabolic diseases (IMD), the Newborn blood spot screening programme for the South West Region (annual birth rate 40,000) and works closely with the South West Regional Paediatric clinical IMD service as well as supporting a local adult IMD clinic. We are a stakeholder laboratory of the National Metabolic Biochemistry Laboratory Network (MetBioNet) and the UK Newborn Screening Laboratory Network (UKNSLN). The department is actively engaged in teaching and training and has close working relationships with the University of the West of England.

You will be a HCPC state registered Clinical Scientist with a specialist interest in Newborn screening and inherited metabolic disease and appropriate experience to contribute to the general clinical biochemistry Duty Biochemist rota. This will include out of hours advice under the supervision of a consultant.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

To arrange an informal visit or for further information please contact or Helena Kemp 0117 414 8425 (Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Newborn Screening Director and Clinical Lead for the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory Service), or Paul Thomas 0117 414 8424 (Head of Department)

If you have problems applying, contact

0117 414 1151