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Date Added: Thu 22/07/2021

Healthcare Assistant

Reading, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Salary: £22000/annum

UK Biobank have an exciting opportunity for a Healthcare Assistant to join their team based in Reading.

Location: Reading

Salary: £22,000 (Training Rate) rising to £23,747 per annum

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Hours: 42 hours per week shift rotation (Mon-Sun) operational hours 07:30 - 20:30

Would you like to play a part in the world's largest Medical Imaging programme?

UK Biobank is an international health resource of unparalleled scale. We hold a wide range of samples and health related information provided by our 500,000 volunteer participants, and make these available to researchers across the world for approved health-related research.

Seventeen thousand researchers are already using UK Biobank samples and data to improve our understanding of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses from COVID-19 to dementia. Over 1,500 scientific papers based on UK Biobank data have already been published in leading scientific journals.

In support of our mission to make the resource ever more powerful for scientific research, we are currently progressing the world's largest imaging study and have already acquired brain, heart and abdomen MRI, DEXA bone density, and carotid artery ultrasound scans on 50,000 volunteers - half way to our target of 100,000 people.

This is a powerful resource in its own right but also makes UK Biobank uniquely positioned to support COVID-19 related research and, over the next 6 months, we will be running a short repeat imaging study to capture the effects of past COVID-19 infection on major body organs. This will generate a unique set of pre- and post- infection images to inform research into this new disease.

After completion of this sub-study we will return to our primary imaging study and, beyond that, we are planning a larger longitudinal repeat imaging project of up to 60,000 participants.

Healthcare Assistant - The Role:

To support this exciting project, we are currently looking to recruit a Healthcare Assistant to join our 

team at our Reading Imaging Research Centre.

As a healthcare assistant you will form part of our vibrant and exciting imaging team; involved with participant venepuncture, measuring and processing of samples collected from participants in the laboratory.

In addition to the above this typically involves -

- Venepuncture

- Study interview

- Physical measures

- Directing participants through their visit

- Verifying participants identity

- Maintaining general cleanliness/tidiness of the imaging centre

- Fractionising blood taken in the clinic for storage

- Sample centrifugation

- ECG and Ultrasound

The roles would suit individuals who are self-motivated and are confident with strong interpersonal skills to communicate with a wide range of people; you will be willing and prepared to train to be proficient in all areas of the role.

The hours of the role are comprised of 3 or 4 shifts per week, with weekend work required.

We offer a competitive salary, 6.8 weeks of annual leave per year (including Christmas & Easter shutdowns), membership of the USS pension scheme (9.6% employee / 21.1% employer), plus a range of other benefits including cycle to work & staff discount schemes, and enhanced maternity/paternity leave.

Healthcare Assistant - About you:

- You will be an excellent communicator, both spoken and written

- Experienced working with the public, with a polite and approachable manner

- Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to clearly explain procedures and instructions to participants

- Ability to undertake repetitive tasks to a high quality

- You must be able to demonstrate manual dexterity in relation to venepuncture

- Disciplined in relation to following protocols and procedures

- Must have experience in IT (Microsoft Office)

- Must be able to maintain confidentiality when working with information and associated patient information

- Willingness to work flexibly (with reasonable notice)

Previous experience in venepuncture and/or qualification in Health / Science or Laboratory background is a distinct advantage.

If you could be as excited about this project as we are, see what researchers have to say about UK Biobank on Twitter.

Closing Date: 20th August 2021

To submit your CV for this exciting Healthcare Assistant opportunity, please click 'Apply' now.2005 regulations.

UK Biobank operates to ISO9001:2015 and ISO27001:2013 regulations as well as UKAS 17025:2005 regulations
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