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• Portsmouth•

An amazing opportunity to provide a safe, clean and well-maintained department in co-operation with other laboratory staff, enabling the department to provide a high quality and efficient diagnostic service to patients and medical staff.

What’s Involved/Duties:

To work as part of a team of Biomedical Scientists, Associate Practitioners, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Histopathologists and Support Staff to deliver, within budget, a patient-orientated medical laboratory service to contribute to efficient and effective care.

  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment, dispose of waste, monitor basic laboratory equipment and prepare reagents;
  • Undertake all pre-analytical preparation of clinical specimens according to departmental policies and procedures as appropriate to branding;
  • Undertake defined routine equipment maintenance procedures as scheduled;
  • Undertake pre-analytical sample quality checks;
  • Undertake post-analytical storage of clinical specimens and appropriate filing of slides and paraffin wax tissue blocks;
  • To ensure adequate suppliers of in-use materials/reagents;
  • Undertake the retrieval of stored specimens for additional work or for multi-disciplinary team meetings.


  • Enter patient and test information onto the laboratory information system in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Be able to perform accurate data entry duties using the Pathology IT system;
  • To ensure compliance with good work practices required for the standards of Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) and UKAS ISO150189;
  • To comply with local and national policies for the safe, secure and confidential processing, and storage of patient and other laboratory information.


  • Resolve day-today problems in an efficient manner;
  • To comply with Laboratory Standard operating Procedures accurately;
  • To comply with relevant Trust and departmental policies and procedures e.g. H&S, Essential Skills, Dress Code etc;
  • Attend departmental meetings as required and actively participate;
  • Participate in the departmental rota to maintain skills and be prepared to transfer to another duty at short notice to cover staff absence;
  • To co-operate with other departmental and hospital staff to promote awareness of the professional image of Pathology throughout the Trust;
  • To participate in an annual appraisal and personal development review;
  • Any other duties as directed.

Desired Skills:

  • Evidence of ability to work using own initiative and without supervision;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstration of manual dexterity through previous employment/interests;
  • Demonstration of good numerical skills through previous employment/interests;
  • Good manual co-ordination;
  • Conscientious, methodical approach to duties with an attention to detail.

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to demonstrate confidentiality and trustworthiness;
  • A willingness to be flexible and part of a team;
  • Ability to juggle many priorities at one time, whilst remaining calm;
  • Prepared to handle clinical samples;
  • An understanding of the political sensitivities of the Trust;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of concentration with attention to detail;
  • Deal calmly and politely with members of hospital staff who are working in areas of extreme pressure;
  • Good communication & interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to be a proactive team-player.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Good general education including GCSE (or equivalent) English Language & Maths;
  • Experience with electronic handling of data with good keyboard skills;
  • GCSE or equivalent in Science is desirable.

Qualifications to be Gained:

  • A level 2 Healthcare Assistant;
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)
  • Off the job training will also be required.

Future Prospects:

  • Candidates who show commitment to the Apprenticeship will have the potential to progress within the Hospital.


  • £138.75 per week

Working Week:

  • 37.5 hours per week;
  • Monday – Friday.

Possible Start Date:

  • 19th November 2018. 


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