Medical Laboratory Assistant

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Closing Date: 11/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Darlington
Salary £19,918 Per year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

We are seeking an individual with excellent literacy and numeracy skills to work as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in our very busy Department of Blood Sciences which processes 1500-2000 samples per site each day.

The Medical Laboratory Assistant role involves working as a member of staff providing support to Specimen Reception, Biochemistry, Immunology, Haematology and Blood Transfusion. You will be working alongside a team of Biomedical Scientists and Associate Practitioners.

Main duties of the job

Main tasks include:

Prioritising urgent and AE samples to avoid delays and ensure best patient care.

Receipt of samples from within the Hospital via a vacuum tube system or in person and from GP surgeries via courier services.

Booking a large volume of patient samples on to the Laboratory Computer System and ensuring the correct test requests are inputted. There are thousands of different test codes and you must have excellent attention to detail to select the correct codes.

Centrifuging samples and correctly loading the samples on to the relevant laboratory analysers.

Organising referral and packaging and sending of samples to other Trust sites and to other Trusts nationwide.

Answering reception and telephone queries and liaising with other Trust staff and the general public.

Receiving deliveries, ensuring they go to the correct department within Pathology and unpacking and organising the stock as requested.

Scanning request forms and ensuring printed reports are sent to the correct requesting departments, GPs or clinics in a timely manner.

Please refer to the Job Description and Personal Specification for full details.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-Le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

You should be able to demonstrate good keyboard skills and be computer literate and have experience of working in a reception or clerical environment. Previous Laboratory experience would be an advantage. If you are well organised, have excellent attention to detail, are a good communicator, team player, conscientious and flexible this job may suit you. You must be able to ask questions and take on board information given.

You must be able to work on a 24/7 shift rota which includes day shifts, late shifts, night shifts, weekend day shifts and night shifts, Bank Holiday day shifts and night shifts including Christmas Day. This is a requirement of the post. Day shifts and late shifts are 7.5 or 8 hours. Night shifts and some weekends and Bank Holidays are 12 hours. On weekends, bank holidays and night shifts you will often be the sole Pathology Reception worker on site (there will be Biomedical Scientists on site also).

Person Specification



  • Clerical work
  • Reception work


  • Previous hospital laboratory experience
  • Employment with public Interaction



  • Basic numeracy and literacy


  • NVQ 2 CLS or equivalent
  • Science and/or maths GCSE or above
  • IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part 1

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Follow protocols and instructions accurately
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Computer literate


  • Microsoft Office applications

Special Requirements


  • Able to handle blood and body samples
  • Able to lift and move multiple boxes/cartons of up to 20 kg
  • Able to work flexibly
  • Able to participate in shift working,
  • weekend working and bank holidays

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.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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