Associate Practitioner - Virology

Posted 22 September by NHS Business Services Authority

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On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place. Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition. The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and thefuture National Institute for Health Protection.

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

Public Health England will provide 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 will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. Public Health England will be an executive agency of the Department of Health, and will start on 1 April 2013. It will be a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner

The Bristol Regional Laboratory

The laboratory in Bristol is situated within the Severn Pathology suite of laboratories at North Bristol NHS Trust Southmead site. The laboratory receives in excess of 1 million specimens a year from a large number of clinical specialties across the Bristol and Bath hospital trusts which contribute to an interesting and varied workload.


  • Contributes to providing a professional clinical laboratory service, working effectively as a team member as part of the overall department.
  • Performs a number of healthcare science clinical technical activities under supervision, including testing patient samples/audit samples and research work, as appropriate to the training and qualifications of a Healthcare Scientist Associate Practitioner.
  • Maintains records in relation to laboratory activities.
  • Will be required to supervise, organise and allocate work and/or train less experienced staff in own area.
  • Develop and improve professional expertise.
  • The post holder would be expected to assist in any PHE co-ordinated response or activity of a national/international nature, e.g. a Bioterrorism incident or major disease outbreak, e.g. SARS, Swine flu.

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameRichard HopesJob titleVirology Laboratory managerEmail addressrich.hopes@nbt.nhs.ukTelephone number

Reference: 40939154

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