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Biomedical Scientist

Main Responsibility

As part of a team of you will be involved in checking, performing and reporting a range of routine and non-routine biochemical and immunoassay tests on blood and other bodily fluids. Use of hazardous chemicals is required. You will be expected to work flexibly in reflection of service needs which will include an extended working day and/or participation in delivery of a 24 hour, 7 days per week service. Demonstration of own duties to new or less experienced employees will be expected.

Duties will be performed under the supervision of a specialist or senior biomedical scientist.  The post holder must not work outside their defined field of competence without supervision but with a specialist or senior Biomedical Scientist to refer to. 


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About the role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The department of Blood Sciences is UKAS accredited to ISO 15189, holds IBMS training approval until 2023 and is committed to maintaining this as part of a wider hospital network in the Southwest. The department uses Q-Pulse for quality management.

We provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic services for the acute Trust and to 23 GP practices across North Devon & North Cornwall. We have an unprecedented relationship with our Primary care colleagues and the new Devon CCG. We are using ICE to develop innovative means of syndrome-based requesting as well as optimising the service in other ways.

A managed laboratory service contract has been jointly procured with South Devon NHSfT meaning that we are well resourced with new Horiba Yumi Zens, Stago StarMax2 and IBG analyser systems.

We are looking for an individual who is committed to supporting the team in providing best service for patients. Applicants are encouraged to informally visit the department to talk with the team and experience what North Devon has to offer.

Some experience of working within an NHS laboratory will be advantageous. There will be contractual obligation to work nights, weekends and public holidays once fully trained and competent.

Completed IBMS registration portfolio is essential to apply for the role.

Trainee BMSs in the latest stages of completing the IBMS portfolio will be considered.

There is a financial relocation package of up to £3000 to support this post, if the successful post holder leaves within the first 2 years this will be need to be repaid.

Working pattern: Normal shift: 09:00-17:30, Late: 12:30-20:00, Night: 20:00-09:00, Weekend Day: 09:00-20:00

Interview date: 14th December 2022

For more information, please contact Lumi Georgescu on

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


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