Biomedical Scientist - Clinical Biochemistry/Point of Care Co-ordinator

NHS Orkney

  • Sector: Medical, Dental and Health Care
  • Location: Kirkwall
  • £26,830 to £35,933 per annum GBP 26830
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: NO18746

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Balfour Hospital Laboratory for a Biomedical Scientist to work as part of the Laboratory team as Clinical Biochemistry/Point of Care Co-ordinator at Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall in Orkney. The post holder will be the specialist for Point of Care Testing and is accountable to the departmental lead but will be delegated a large degree of autonomy in the performance of their duties and will be expected to anticipate, plan and correct problems without direct supervision/intervention. They will be required to carry out a broad range of routine laboratory diagnostic investigations in Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Medicine using a range of analysers and technical procedures to process patient samples. Applications are required to have extensive post-qualification Clinical Chemistry experience within a routine diagnostic laboratory with expert knowledge of routine diagnostic procedures and a good working knowledge of the maintenance of IQA and EQA systems. They will be Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered, with an Honours Degree or equivalent experience suitable for registration as an Associate of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBMS). The post holder will be expected to participate in the Multidisciplinary Out -Of- Hours rota after appropriate training. The post holder will be expected to assist in training for laboratory and non-laboratory personnel as and when required, e.g. MLA staff, junior Medical and Nursing staff. Orkney lies off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O'Groats and the Shetland Isles. The total population is approximately 22,000 with most people living on the Mainland. Kirkwall, the capital, with a population of 7,500, it is the administrative centre of Orkney with a good mix of shops, supermarkets and businesses. Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and has been voted the happiest place to live in the UK, offering excellent schools, good leisure facilities, low crime and pollution, unique wildlife and amazing scenery. The excellent ferry and air connections make travel to the Scottish mainland, Shetland, and even Norway quite easy. There is a rich archaeological history to be explored, as well as many outdoor pursuits, including diving in Scapa Flow, kayaking, walking, cycling, bird watching, and many more. Orcadian culture is rich, with music and arts and crafts well represented. The St Magnus Music Festival in June is internationally renowned. But don't take our word for it - come and see for yourself! Please feel free to visit the island and the Balfour Hospital where you will find a very warm welcome in a good working environment. To find out more about living and working in Orkney go to: or Further information on NHS Orkney can be found at

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