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UK Health Security Agency

Healthcare Scientist Practitioner

Job description

The Food, Water and Environmental (FW&E) Microbiology Laboratories are specialist microbiology laboratories within the UKHSA. Based in 3 sites across the country, the laboratories are geographically well placed to work with local authorities in order to protect the public from health threats posed by contaminated food, water and the environment. The Porton Down FW&E Laboratory provides a microbiology testing and advisory service to Local Authorities, Port Health Authorities, hospitals, and commercial clients in London. The laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 and is recognised as an Official Food Control Laboratory for the microbiological examination of food and foodstuffs within the EU.
You will act as a Healthcare Scientist Practitioner who provides, on a daily basis, a technical service to local authorities (LA's) and commercial clients for the diagnostic testing of Food, Water and Environmental samples as an aid to the investigation of outbreaks, food poisoning and routine control. You will also be responsible for performing basic and more complex investigations providing specialised testing using complex equipment.
This is an office based role located at Colindale, London NW9 5HT.
*Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas. Relocation expenses are not available.*
Working Pattern - Full Time

Main duties of the job

As the Healthcare Scientist Practitioner your main responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in the provision of an analytical microbiology service for food, water and environmental samples, including the production of accurate and relevant results and reports
  • To assist with the supervision of the day to day running of the laboratory
  • To be involved in all aspects of sample reception and complete pre-analysis ensuring samples are valid and tested appropriately
  • To ensure important or unusual results are drawn to the attention of more senior staff and to report complaints and anomalies
  • Assist other team members in all aspects of technical work and take on delegated responsibilities from more senior staff
  • To assist in the management of outbreaks, ensuring adequate resources are available to carry out the necessary work
  • To liaise with medical, scientific and other staff of the UKHSA in all matters of common interest
  • Respond to requests and communicate accurately, routine, unequivocal results to customers, including interpretation and reporting written and verbal results
    The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.
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