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Job Purpose / Summary
Public Health England current operates four National Infections Service laboratories in the East of England Group; Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, West Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and Colchester Hospital. A process is underway to consolidate the work of these centres to the laboratories in Cambridge and Ipswich.
The Microbiology laboratory at Cambridge provides services to Addenbrooke’s, Papworth, Hinchingbrooke and the Lister Hospitals, the surrounding district and other NHS Laboratories. The Cambridge laboratory has active research and epidemiological interests. The laboratory is accredited with CPA/UKAS with strong teaching interests. Set on the outskirts of the University city of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the UK and a thriving NHS Foundation Trust. Addenbrooke’s is closely associated with leading educational providers including the University of Cambridge and is a major centre for biomedical research and education. Staff can enjoy a wide range of facilities which include on-site sport and leisure facilities, a swimming pool, bank and retail outlets.
We are looking for a well-motivated, enthusiastic person to join the team. Applicants must be registered with the Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC) and must have experience of working at registrant level in a Microbiology laboratory. Applicants must also have completed the IBMS specialist portfolio or have previously worked at HEO or Agenda for Change band 6 level. Successful applicants will join the team of rotating BMS staff, contributing to all areas of Microbiology laboratory diagnostic work and developing a broad range of skills.
The laboratory operates an attractive 24 hour shift system in which you may wish to participate. Regular late shifts are also available as are core hours to help meet service delivery demands. Agreement of working hours can be discussed at interview.
A Continuing Professional Development programme is provided together with further study opportunities and encouragement will be given to develop skills that will assist you in the pursuit of your career ambitions. There are a wide range of developmental opportunities within the department and throughout the wider PHE network including potential for overseas work.
Public Health England offers a wide range of non-pay benefits and rewards including membership of discount schemes and numerous policies promoting health, wellbeing and employment support.
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).
Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.
Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer
For further details / informal visits contact:
Martin Strickland, ( Email address removed )
The Civil Service (CS) embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the CS Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.
The law requires that selection for appointment to the CS is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the CS Commission's Recruitment Principles.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact PHE recruitment team in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from PHE, you can contact the CS Commission.
If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.
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Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.
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