Healthcare Science Practitioner

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NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able...

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

A permanent position has become available within the Genetic Service for a Healthcare Science Practitioner. Applicants should have an Honours Degree in an appropriate biological science or SVQ Level4 or equivalent in Science with a Biology component. The successful candidate will undertake a broad range of testing procedures on a variety of samples referred to the Service with a particular emphasis on the delivery of next-generation sequencing. The post-holder will generate genetic test results and consequently must work in a careful and meticulous manner and adhere to all laboratory standard operating procedures. As a Practitioner you will be working as part of the Technical Team alongside Assistants, Associates and Senior Practitioners to deliver the majority of practical work required for an effective Service. Continued professional development and training will be actively encouraged to enable the successful applicant to achieve appropriate registration as a Practitioner.

The Regional Genetic Service is a large friendly team of Technical, Scientific and Clinical staff who provide a first-class service to patients and families from Tayside /NE Fife and elsewhere in Scotland. The Service offers modern, well equipped facilities situated within Ninewells Hospital. This is an excellent opportunity for applicants to further their career within the NHS and gain experience within a diagnostic Genetic Service.

Please note that Laboratory Genetics is not an IBMS Approved Training Laboratory

For further information contact Gillian McGregor; ( or Bruce Thomson -

Hours of work are:  37 hours per week

You will be required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers in Scotland throughout your employment.  Information on the Healthcare Support Worker Regulations can be found on NHS Tayside microsite on Staffnet>Our Websites>Healthcare Support Workers.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email. Please check your emails regularly, including your junk/spam folder.

NHS Scotland is reducing their full time working week from 37.5 to 37 hours per week from 1 April 2024 but with no change in pay.  This reduction will also be applied pro rata for part time staff.  This advert and any subsequent offer/contract of employment therefore reflects the new working hours.  However, as not all service areas will be able to adopt the 37 hour working week immediately from 1 April 2024, you may be required to work up to an additional 30 minutes per week for a temporary period for which you would be paid until the service you are working in changes rosters or working patterns to accommodate the new reduced working week.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Recruiting Board.


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