Medical Laboratory Assistant Apprenticeship

  • Step Ahead
  • London, UK
  • Jan 13, 2018
Distribution-Shipping Warehouse

Job Description

We have a fantastic opportunity for individuals with an interest in laboratory work to complete a Health Care Assistant Level 2 apprenticeship. You will work full-time, learning on the job over a 15-month period, as a Medical Laboratory Assistant with Imperial College Healthcare where your role will be to ensure the provision of an efficient and reliable service by providing support and assistance to the laboratory staff and the department.

Key responsibilities:

  • Data entry including ensuring all documents, information and data are accurately entered onto the Trust's systems
  • Maintaining effective, accurate online and physical filing systems, ensuring that filing is undertaken and managed so that all information held is accurate and up to date
  • Replacing stocks of consumables and reagents and ensuring the section leader is informed where stocks are low
  • Completing assigned laboratory tests under supervision
  • Swift, accurate sorting, labelling and aliquot of specimens and ensuring the established policy on mislabelled and mislaid specimens is adhered to at all times
  • Weighing and measuring volumes and making up solutions accurately
  • Processing basic quality assurance on analysers and reporting findings to senior members of staff.
  • Providing basic clinical technical services to patients, which may include both research and audit samples

Essential requirements:

  • Prepared to work with biological materials
  • Strong and confident communication skills
  • Polite and courteous with a high standard of interpersonal and customer relationship management skills, including the ability to deal sensitively with patients, clients, visitors, relatives and colleagues
  • Precise and accurate in undertaking work requiring excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrate ability to learn and also to read, digest and follow written methodologies and protocols and apply strict laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to take and relay clear, accurate messages
  • Show high standards of organisation and work prioritisation skills, including the ability to assess any situation as it arises, prioritise and address the needs of that situation without undue stress, panic or loss of focus
  • Demonstrable capacity to deal with serious situations in a controlled, responsible and focused manner and in a way that enables others, including patients, to remain as calm as possible.
  • Evidence of ability to solve basic problems arising within the work area and recognise and observe the requirement to promptly refer unresolved problems to a senior colleague
  • Good level of Math's and English GCSE qualification, or Science and Humanities as an alternative.

Applicants must note that a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service is a requirement of the role. A check shall be completed for successful applicants accepting an offer in principle.

If you can answer yes to all the questions below, we want to hear from you!

  • Do you have the skills and experience for this role?
  • Do you have an interest in laboratory work?
  • Are you available to start work as soon as possible and commit to the full 15-month apprenticeship period?
  • Are you available on and from 16th to 19th January 2018 to attend our recruitment sessions and pre-employment training?
  • Are you on any form of benefit?

Working hours are 37.5 per week, which may include unsocial hours, the contract and apprenticeship duration is 15 months.

The role pays £6.50 per hour initially, increasing after satisfactory completion of a probationary period.

You will achieve Health Care Science Level 2 qualification upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeship training will be provided on-site, where your assessor/training provider will visit you whilst you are working your placement.

On satisfactory completion of the 15-month apprenticeship programme, the host employer expects that you will be offered a transfer to the substantive post at the corresponding rate of pay.

London Based - Charing Cross Hospital (W6 8RF), Hammersmith Hospital (W2 0HS), St Marys (W2 1NY), Queen Charlottes (W2 0HS), Western Eye Hospital (NW1 5QH)

To apply, please send your CV with a brief covering statement detailing how your skills and experience and interest in the role and apprenticeship are a match to the role requirements above.

Step Ahead is committed to preventing discrimination in its recruitment practices by stimulating genuine equality of opportunity. This means that everyone is treated solely on the basis of competence and merit, regardless of age, gender, marital status, sexuality, ethnic, racial, religious or disability considerations, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.