Associate Practitioner

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

To assist Biomedical Scientists in the provision of an efficient and effective rapid testing service for COVID-19 by:

  • Performing administration tasks including accurate and precise data entry
  • Performing routine and molecular testing, under appropriate supervision
  • Make interpretative judgements under the supervision of HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists

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Main duties of the job

Would you like to join our team to deliver our new rapid COVID-19 testing service at Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, to ensure timely treatment and a safe environment for our patients and staff?

Applications for fixed term positions to the end of June 2021 are invited from motivated and energetic individuals to work alongside our point of care testing (POCT) and microbiology laboratory teams at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. NWAFTis a busy acute hospital Trust covering 3 hospital sites

Full training will be provided in the operation of state-of-the-art diagnostic analyser systems within a disciplined, scientific environment. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate an organised, systematic approach to complex tasks that require extended periods of concentration and attention to detail. You will be required to participate in a 24/7 shift system to provide front line clinical staff with this essential diagnostic service.

About us

We are delighted that you are interested in a role at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. It is an exciting time for the Trust as we grow along with the 700,000 population we serve.

Now as a larger Trust, we offer an exciting expansion of opportunities to new applicants across five hospitals. We are a busy Trust, with just over 6,000 staff and a 450-strong team of volunteers helping patients and visitors.

We continuously strive to ensure our patients receive the right care, first time, every time.

As for living in the area, there is a wealth of choice with city living, small towns and villages all within reasonable commute to the hospitals. There are excellent schools and a wide variety of social and leisure activities to choose from.

So if you are looking to develop your career and want to do so in an environment which is challenging and growing we would encourage you to look further into a future with NWAngliaFT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management and Training

  • Maintain a quality workflow through the laboratory, alerting BMS staff to potential and actual problems.
  • Take part in a regular appraisal system and have individual objectives that are in line with the Trust values and Departments business plan.

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Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • A-levels (must inc. Biology or Chemistry)


  • Relevant Foundation Degree, Level 4 BTEC, IBMS Certificate of Achievement Level 2, or equivalent
  • Evidence of training in other areas related to Laboratory work e.g. Health & Safety



  • Laboratory experience (education or professional) to include pipetting


  • Work experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory
  • Experience with PCR based manual extraction techniques
  • Experience of molecular testing
  • Experience with data inputting



  • Knowledge/understanding of data protection


  • Understanding of basic diagnostic microbiological techniques
  • Knowledge of molecular techniques

Key Skills


  • Good standard of written and verbal communication
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Ability to work to Standard Operating procedures, with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to work efficiently to a high level of accuracy
  • Good manual dexterity, able to cope with repetitive un-capping and re-capping of sample containers.
  • Ability to adhere to policies and procedures



  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated with an ability to take instruction and a willingness to learn
  • Flexible and responsive to change
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to work towards the delivery of patient care
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Methodical, organised, self-motivated, trustworthy, reliable and punctual
  • Able to participate in 24/7 working pattern
  • Able to work at both the Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke sites, as required
  • Able to use your initiative at relevant times.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


Peterborough City Hospital

Peterborough / Huntingdon


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For help with your application, contact:

Matthew Smith


Date posted

24 February 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 4


£21,892 to £24,157 a year


Fixed term


3 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Peterborough City Hospital

Peterborough / Huntingdon


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