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Healthcare Scientist Support Worker

19625 - 22127 GBP YEAR
Public Health England


Job Reference Numbers: 34115530

Job title: Healthcare Scientist Support Worker

Employer: Public Health England

Department: National Infection Service Public Health Laboratory

Locations: Manchester

Salary: AO Grade £19,625

Hours: 37.5

Job Type Rapid Recruitment Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: Wednesday 4th November 2020

Interview Date: w/c 16th November 2020

Public Health England (PHE) provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It achieves this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.


Any Appointment offered will be via Exception to the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles and as such, specific rules to any appointment will apply.

For existing Civil Servants, please note that, as these roles are not being recruited to in line with Civil Service Recruitment Principles, any appointments will not be recognised as substantive promotion. Any offer will be considered a temporary promotion opportunity and you will require permission from your line manager to take up any post you are offered. It is recommended you discuss this with your line manager prior to submitting any application.

The Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) is collaboration between Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT) and Public Health England (PHE). The microbiology partnership provides comprehensive services and specialist services to a wide range of hospitals across the North West and beyond.

Job Purpose / Summary

We are looking for a number of enthusiastic individuals to work in the laboratory where you will act as a Healthcare Scientist Support Worker (HSSW) to provide technical and clerical support to the scientific services to patients and clients as an aid to clinical diagnosis. You will be working as part of the laboratory team and will be expected rotate through various managed units within Virology, but specifically in support of testing for COVID-19. Good standard of general education i.e. GCSE’s (grade C or above) in English, maths, science or educated to NVQ 2 or equivalent level is essential. Previous laboratory experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

The successful candidate must be flexible, able to work in a team and use their own initiative.

The Laboratory operates a 7-day working week and the applicant will be required to work a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. The laboratory operates a 24-hour rota. The successful candidate will be required to work defined shifts, as required.

To apply, please search for the vacancy on NHS Jobs reference number 919-RR-34115530-EXTAO3

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

For further information / an informal discussion about the post, please contact:

Alan Lord on Alan.Lord@mft.nhs.uk

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer