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Biobank Assistant - Biobank Assistant - 12 Months Fixed-Term Contract

Band 3

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JRU & Sarcoma
Band 3
Fixed term for 12 months
Full tiime 37.5 hours per week
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Stanmore, Middlesex
£22,535 to £24,517 per annum inc.
20/10/2019 23:59

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


An exciting opportunity has become available within our department at the RNOH for an individual interested in pursuing a career in medicine or the allied professions within the NHS/healthcare environment and involving clinical research.

The Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour service at RNOH is the most research-active sarcoma unit in the UK. The pathologists are leaders in the field of bone and soft tissue research and their success has been achieved through interacting with patients and biobanking tissue (surplus to diagnostic requirement for over a decade), and correlating biomarker results with clinical outcome. We are also participating in recruiting patients to the national 100,000 Genome Project.

We hold a human tissue biobank which is a satellite to the UCL/UCLH Biobank for Studying Health and Disease. Having access to tissue and clinical information for research is crucial for developing new ways of diagnosing disease: this will result in better treatment for patients.

We are looking for a full time assistant to join our team. The successful applicant will be involved in using databases / excel files and document management systems for tracking information about patients and their biobanked samples. The role will allow you to:

  • Gain valuable NHS experience
  • Gain confidence in speaking to patients
  • Consent suitable patients for the Biobank and the 100,000 Genomes Project
  • Obtain blood samples via venipuncture
  • Collect and spin blood samples for plasma
  • Anonymise and store samples
  • Learn about disease
  • Grow skills in data collection and reviewing working practice

*Training in consenting patients and taking blood will be provided. There will be a requirement to become vaccinated to hepatitis B. Excellent communication and organisation skills are required.

You will be part of a team which includes pathologists, surgeons, nurses and researchers. The appointment is for immediate start and is funded for 1 year (with the possibility of this being extended subject to availability of research funding).

The post holder will be based primarily at Stanmore but may be required to work at the Bolsover Street site in Central London for one day a week. They will also be expected to be both reliable and flexible with early starts or late finishes required some weekdays.

Applicants must be able to commit to the term of this contract, in normal circumstances.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Julie Cooke Advanced Practitioner and Biobank on 0208 909 5354