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Pathology Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 3

Main area
Microbiology Pathology
NHS AfC: Band 3
37.5 hours per week
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Eastbourne DGH
£16,968 - £19,852 per annum
23/10/2017 23:59

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people’s homes. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff. A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include: staff development, pension scheme, on-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), staff lottery.

Please download the Recruitment Information Leaflet for guidance on making a successful application


Pathology Assistant (Trainee or qualified) – Medical Microbiology

Pathology – Eastbourne District General Hospital
37.5 hours per week, Band 3 £16,968 - £19,852 p.a

The Microbiology Laboratory based at the Eastbourne District General Hospital is equipped with state of the art analysers/ equipment and has a Pathology-wide IT system that links with the hospital HISS system. The department processes in the region of 120,000 specimens a year.

The department has a staff of 19 serving the Eastbourne DGH, local Sexual health clinic and a large GP catchment area, providing an interesting and varied workload. The CPA accredited, HCPC training approved and fully computerised department provides a comprehensive diagnostic service.

A vacancy has arisen to work as part of a busy team in a friendly department. Main duties involve data entry on the departmental computer system and sorting of clinical specimens. Some other laboratory duties including disposal of laboratory waste are also required and occasional working on Saturday mornings.

Microbiology is currently undergoing a major reconfiguration with all workload centred at Eastbourne by October 2016.

Successful applicants work as part of a team with other Pathology Assistants and Biomedical Scientists carrying out a variety of tasks. These will include performing routine laboratory tasks under supervision following standard operating procedures, and to accurately transfer patient information and requests onto the laboratory computer system and to carry out housekeeping tasks and stock control/rotation.

You must:

•have good communication and teamwork skills
• be able to take part in allocated work rotas (which will include weekend work);
• be able to maintain concentration whilst performing tasks with speed, accuracy and reproducibility with frequent interruptions;

Comprehensive training will be given to the successful candidates. Training will be given and all duties will be carried out under supervision. Keyboard skills, a good level of education and the ability to work under pressure are essential.

At East Sussex Hospitals Healthcare NHS trust the staff enjoy state of the art facilities, and a modern working environment. Based on the south coast, we can offer all the incentives you would expect from a large progressive hospital with the advantages of an enhanced lifestyle

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Applicant requirements

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

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact (Bill O’Neill, Lead Biomedical Scientist) on telephone no. 01323 417400 ext. 4203

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