Medical Laboratory Assistant Job at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – Nottingham

Band 2

Main area

Support Staff


Band 2




37.5 hours per week (Full time 37.5 hours per week)

Job ref



Queens Medical Centre




£18,870 – £19,918 per annum

Salary period



24/08/2022 23:59

Job overview

NUH Pathology is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Medical Laboratory Assistant (Full time AFC Band 2) to join our highly motivated and friendly Cellular Pathology Team. We aspire to provide the best possible service to patients across the region.

The Cellular Pathology department, which is based on 2 campuses, currently receives and processes approximately 66,000 surgical histology requests and 4,000 diagnostic Cytology requests per year, resulting in the production of over 310,000 slides for microscopical examination.

The ideal candidate will have previous laboratory experience, keen attention to detail and good communication skills.

The role of a Medical Laboratory Assistant is varied and includes the loading and unloading of glass slides onto laboratory equipment and digital scanners, block and slide archive management, housekeeping, administration tasks and stock control.

Working hours are between 7.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. and some weekend working may be required. You will be required to work in the Histopathology laboratories on both QMC and City Hospital NUH campuses.

Informal visits are strongly encouraged. If you would like to talk to somebody about this vacancy then please contact: Dean Saggers (Deputy Service Manager) Cellular Pathology on 0115 9249924 Ext. 71560

Email: [email protected]

Main duties of the job

We expect you to be a passionate, self-motivated individual who has an organised approach to work with good attention to detail and who can remain calm when busy. You will possess well developed communication and observational skills and enjoy working as part of a team so together we can provide excellent care and quality in a challenging environment.

Previous experience in an NHS clinical laboratory or in analytical techniques would be an advantage but is not essential as full training will be provided. A good level of secondary education is required with English, Maths and Science to GCSE (Grade A-D) or equivalent.

Working for our organisation

The Cellular Pathology department is based across 2 campuses and receives approximately 66,000 Surgical Histology requests and 4,000 diagnostic Cytology requests per year, resulting in the production of over 310,000 slides for microscopical examination.

The department is approved for training by the IBMS/HCPC and is UKAS accredited.

Digital Pathology is new technology which will allow Pathologists to report using high definition images of scanned microscope slides instead of the traditional method of viewing glass slides using a microscope. This technology increases efficiency and allows greater collaboration. This role is to support the laboratory with the extra work required to use this technology, along with other support tasks including archive management and stock control.

The successful candidates will join a highly motivated team who aspire to provide the best possible service to patients across the region.

Working hours are currently being reviewed and may be between 7.30a.m and 7.30p.m on a rota basis, Monday to Friday and some weekend working may be required. You will be required to work in the Histopathology laboratories at the QMC campus.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Work includes:
Collection, cleaning, racking, loading and unloading unstained and stained glass microscope slides onto laboratory staining machines, digital scanning machines and other laboratory equipment.

Organisation of slides and associated paperwork ahead of, and ready for the quality control process.

Filing, archiving and retrieval of slides.

Assisting with the dispatch of slides to the City campus, as appropriate.

Performing simple clerical tasks such as logs and checklists as required.

Where applicable, accurately entering results or other information onto the Pathology IT system.

Performing general house-keeping duties including safe disposal of waste, general cleaning and tidying, as well as basic laboratory equipment cleaning and maintenance.

Maintaining stocks of laboratory supplies including ensuring adequate supplies of general laboratory items. Assisting with the receipt and storage of stock coming into the department.

Participation in, review and evaluation of personal learning and training activities via the Personal Development Review process

Compliance with Trust policies and national legislation regarding confidentiality of patient information, the Data Protection Act 1998 and Health and safety law.

Working flexibly to undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as required.

Participating in Joint Annual Personal Development Review with line Managers.

Person specification


Essential criteria

GCSE in English and Maths

Desirable criteria

GCSE in Science


Essential criteria

Excellent keyboard skills

Excellent communication skills both verbal and written


Essential criteria

data entry

Desirable criteria

Previously worked in a laboratory environment


Bring your whole self to work for us at NUH. We love diversity and we value your difference, your unique skills, knowledge and experience. Becoming one of our people may realise your potential, helping us to raise our performance in delivering world class healthcare to the diverse patient populations we serve.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are currently under-represented at NUH.

Covid-19 vaccination: remains the best way to protect yourself, family, colleagues and our patients/service users from the Covid-19 virus. We continue to encourage our current and potential colleagues to get vaccinated. For helpful advice and information about the Covid-19 vaccination and how to access visit: https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/

Closing Dates: Please submit your application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment; we reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

Communication: All communication related to your application will be via the email address you have provided. Please ensure you check your email account including your junk email regularly.

Easy read application: if you have a disability and find it difficult to complete our online application form, you can apply via our easy read application which you can find on the intranet https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/easy-read-job-application

Salary: The quoted salary will be on a pro rata basis for part time workers.

Disability Confidence: All applicants who have declared a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted.

At Risk of redundancy: NHS employees within the East Midlands who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy will be given a preferential interview where they meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

Skilled Workers Visa: We welcome applications from individuals who require a skilled worker visa in line with the Home Office regulations. NON-UK/NON SETTLED candidates may not be appointed, if a suitably qualified and skilled UK/SETTLED candidate is successful at interview stage as it is unlikely that the Trust is able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements

ID and Right to work checks: NUH authenticate all ID and right to work documentation such as passports, visa’s and driving license through a system called Trust ID. NUH will scan your ID and right to work documentation in to the Trust ID system at your face to face ID appointment. The system will run a check against the key security features within your documentation. The system will provide us with an outcome of your check which will be stored securely on your personal file along with all other pre-employment check documentation.

Transfer of information: If I have previous NHS service – I consent to the transfer of my Electronic Staff Record (ESR) data between this and other NHS Trusts. I also consent to the Occupational Health Department confidentially accessing my occupational health records from my current or previous employer in order to check the status of my vaccinations, immunisations s and screening tests as relevant to the post. I understand this is an automated process and the information will only be used for these purposes prior to me taking up the position at NUH.

Disclosure and Barring Service: Your post maybe subject to a DBS check which incur a cost dependent on the level of check required (£41.90 for enhanced and £21.90 for standard). I agree to reimburse Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if it is required (by deduction from first month’s pay). Should I decide to withdraw from my job offer, I agree to reimburse Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the cost of the DBS check undertaken by cheque or other agreed method.

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Company: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust –

Company Location:  Nottingham

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