A major recruitment drive is underway to attract 400 people to exciting roles at the new COVID-19 testing laboratory at Bracknell. Hundreds of new positions have been created after NHS Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) was chosen to run a wholly owned and managed NHS Lighthouse Laboratory.
The BSPS Lighthouse Laboratory will have the capacity to test up to 40,000 samples a day from across the south east of England. Based at Brants Bridge in Bracknell, the state-of-the-art laboratory will be operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week from January 2021.
Scientists and other staff are being recruited to carry out a range of vital roles as part of the national COVID-19 testing effort. Positions include Medical Technical Officers, Biomedical Scientist Specialist Practitioners and Biomedical Scientists. As NHS employees, all staff will benefit from excellent terms and conditions.
Nic Newman, Managing Director of BSPS, said: “We are incredibly proud to be part of the biggest network of diagnostic testing facilities our country has ever seen. We are building state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest automated diagnostic technology that will give us the capacity to test tens of thousands of samples every day.
“We are recruiting a team of motivated individuals who will play a crucial part in the UK’s efforts against COVID-19. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside like-minded scientific experts who want to make a difference.”
BSPS is one of the largest pathology networks in the country. The service already plays an important role in the fight against the virus, testing COVID-19 samples for those with a clinical need, health and care workers.