Biomedical Support Worker

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - More jobs by this advertiser

We’re looking for motivated, experienced and enthusiastic Biomedical Support Worker to join The Pathology Department at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust (UHS). The job involves a wide range of tasks that support the laboratory in receipting and processing of patient samples so that results can be generated and released to clinicians to aid diagnosis and treatment of patients.


The Pathology Department offers a 24/7, 365 day clinical and laboratory service to UHS, GPs in the local area and specialist tests to other hospitals throughout the UK. We are a regional, supra-regional and national specialist service provider.

We accept approximately 3.5 million specimen requests each year; this equates to approx.  15 million tests across a range of disciplines. These include clinical biochemistry, haematology, immunology, molecular pathology, transfusion, cellular pathology, histopathology, neuropathology, cytopathology, mortuary, biomedical imaging, microbiology and virology. Our team is made up of a broad range of clinicians, Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists, Research Scientists, Technicians and support staff. Each pathology department works closely together and with our service users to provide excellent service to our patients.


  • As a Biomedical Support Worker, you will be expected to work throughout all of sections of the department you are recruited to on a rotational basis and will be required to work evenings, weekends, and Public holidays as rostered. Shift working is required in some departments.
  • You will be responsible for the reception/data entry and processing of clinical specimens, these may include a range of swabs, body fluids, and blood samples.
  • You will be involved in setting up a range of routine automated and manual laboratory tests.
  • Assist with the quality management of the laboratory (for example quality control procedures and audit as required).


  • Someone who is able to communicate well with staff in the department and service users
  • You must be able to plan and use your own time economically and effectively
  • A high degree of motivation and enthusiasm is essential for the role
  • A working knowledge of laboratory areas is preferred


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.                       

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% low...

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large numbers of applications are received.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your application. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected for interview.

Applicants from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust whose posts are considered to be ‘At Risk’ will be given prior consideration for this post

Our Trust runs the return to practice course each year for nurses who have been out of the profession and wish to return.  To find out more please visit our website:   Information on Southampton as a place to live and enjoy   See what fantastic training and development we have on offer at UHS   learn about the Trust through visiting our YouTube channel 

Getting to Work

Application can be made for parking on site at UHS or through one of the park and ride schemes.  This will be based on specific criteria to determine eligibility for site parking as this can be very limited.  UHS encourages staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible.   UHS is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.

Please note that we will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

Our staff are positive about working at UHS and rate us above average compared to other NHS Trusts in the  Staff Attitude Survey. We are rated strongly on a number of areas including teamwork, communication and engagement.

Equality remains at the centre of all Trust policy making, service delivery and employment practice with all employees being given equality of opportunity to develop, apply for promotion and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

The Trust actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. The Trust also closely monitors recruitment activity, training and development and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Relocating to Southampton

If you are thinking of moving to the Hampshire area, please find below a link to our website which offers guidance on finding accommodation:

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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Southampton, Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Phone: +44 123456789

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26 January 2020
Location: United Kingdom Hampshire Southampton
Salary: £17,652-£19,020 per annum GBP per year
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
Allied Health
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

Only direct applications will be considered.

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