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Medical Laboratory Assistant Biochemistry

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
31 May 2022

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Job summary

The successful candidates will support the delivery and development of both new and existing Biochemistry services across MFT ensuring that the service is safe, cost effective and complies with current UKAS standards. You will join the Lead Biomedical Scientist, a team of Senior and Specialist Biomedical Scientists and support staff to assist in the day to day running of the department.

The post will be based at Trafford General Hospital; however, you will be expected to attend the other sites for meetings and service requirements.

NHS laboratory and hospital experience are desirable; however, full training will be provided. Candidates must be in possession of an appropriate science NVQ level3, HCS Apprenticeship level 2 certificate of achievement level1 or equivalent experience.

The post is part-time; 18.75 hours per week and includes working extending days and weekends to support the MLA ROTA.

The department has full HCPC training status for pre and post registration IBMS portfolios and full ISO 15189 accreditation.

Main duties of the job

  • The Post holder will act as a Medical Laboratory Assistant assisting HCPC registered staff within the department.
  • The post holder will be based in Laboratory Medicine and work under both direct and indirect supervision within the biochemistry department.
  • Perform under indirect or direct supervision an extensive range of automated, semiautomated and manual techniques.
  • Undertake and assist in the reporting on biomedical investigations, utilising the appropriate testing to assist the Biomedical Scientists.
  • To perform a range of technical and scientific activities, including testing external quality samples.
  • To assist in the monitoring, organisation and working of the department.
  • The post holder will have a multi-departmental role within the Biochemistry department.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.
  • Ensure the service is safe and complies with current standards, clinical governance, health and safety and risk management policies.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £2.4bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Appropriate Science NVQ level 3, HCS Apprenticeship Level 2, Certificate of Achievement Part 1 or equivalent experience and/or completed competency documentation



  • Evidence of training & development within a relevant pathology discipline
  • Have working knowledge of laboratory areas, including both practical and basic theoretical knowledge of the various methods employed
  • Competent to process a range of tests/ processes on a variety of different specimens
  • Demonstrate enough knowledge and skills to be able to train other staff
  • Evidence of using complex laboratory equipment
  • Understanding of Laboratory Health and Safety procedures and protocols


  • Knowledge of UKAS ISO 15189 and ISO 22870
  • Knowledge of H&S, COSHH and risk assessments

Training and Experience


  • Experience of IT systems
  • Experience of laboratory processes


  • Experience of UKAS accreditation assessments

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford General Hospital



M41 5SL

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)


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