Band 6 Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology Required

  • Job Reference: BIOPR0309
  • Date Posted: 3 September 2018
  • Recruiter: Maxxima
  • Location: South East England
  • Salary: £22.00 to £24.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Biomedical Science, Biomedical Science > Biomedical Scientist, Biomedical Science > Microbiology
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Maxxima is currently seeking a experienced Band 6 Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology to fill a full time role in Surrey.

The starting pay rate for this locum Biomedical Scientist job is £22.00 to £24.00 per hour and is an ongoing role.

Requirements of the Biomedical Scientist role:

1.Microbiology Laboratory services
*To ensure knowledge of all instrumentation is up to date and that the post holder is capable of operating the following equipment:

BacT/Alert 3D automated blood culture analyser
Grifols Chorus automated serology analyser
Abbott Architect automated analyser
Cytocentrifuge for preparation of CSF deposits for differential counts
VITEK 2 compact for organism AST
Bruker MALDI-ToF MS for organism ID

*To be able to work within all areas of the department i.e.
Sample reception: receipt and checking of samples against request forms, liaising with ward staff where there are doubts, assigning High Risk samples to an appropriate containment area and dealing with leaking / damaged samples
Data entry: logging incoming specimen requests, culture results & microscopy results onto the HIS and ensuring data from the BacT/Alert 3D transfers to the HIS
Microbiological culture:
*selection of appropriate media, incubation temperatures and atmospheres as indicated by specimen type and clinical information provided
*Interpretation of culture results and selection of appropriate organism (bacterial, fungal or yeast) identification techniques and antimicrobial sensitivity panels
* Interpretation of findings from these tests to produce final report. Perform extra /further investigations as requested by Microbiology medical staff or as indicated by culture findings (may refer to senior colleague for guidance)
Microscopy: perform microscopical investigations using plain light and fluorescence techniques to examine unstained and stained wet preparations including detection of parasites; to undertake cell counts of various body fluids; detect micro-organisms in patient samples and in vitro; perform differential cell counts and to detect acid fast organisms
Staining: perform standard staining techniques e.g. Gram, ZN, auramine and specialised stains e.g. spore stain, lactophenyl cotton blue as indicated by culture findings or clinical information provided
Blood cultures: deal with positive blood cultures flagged by BacT/Alert 3D using techniques as described above.
Specialised cultures: process environmental and Infection Control samples, interpretation and reporting as above: (may refer to senior colleague for guidance)
Serology: undertake virological and non-virological analysis of serum samples using both automated systems (Architect, Chorus) and manual techniques
Toxin detection: perform manual technique for detection of Clostridium difficile toxin
Containment Level 3 Room: to be able to work unsupervised within the CL3 room dealing with High Risk samples safely, to be familiar with the enactment of emergency procedures andto be able to dispose of high risk waste appropriately
Waste disposal: to be able to dispose of all microbiological waste and sharps appropriately and to be able to operate the autoclave and dispose of treated waste



All applicants must have a relevant experience of working within an NHS or Private Pathology Laboratory. Candidates must also be HCPC registered and also have a Valid Working Holiday Visa, Ancestry Visa or EU Citizenship.

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Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our client's requirements.

Reasonable adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting our biomedical science team. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.

About us:

Maxxima has been offering high quality, flexible staffing solutions to the health and social care sectors for over 15 years. We work with public and private health clients, local authorities and social care providers throughout the UK and overseas.

We're the kind of people who put ourselves in your shoes. We'll always go out of our way, putting you first and delivering on what we say. You'll know who's supporting you every step of the way and we'll always have time to take your call.

We like to think we're a little bit different. Why? Because we like what we do, care about what you do, and you'll find we're unusually friendly.

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