Sample Handler

Location Glasgow
Discipline: Warehouse
Salary: £Up to £18212 per annum
Contact name: Brenda Moore

Job ref: GLW123_1640344014
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: ASAP

Fixed Term Contract

We're currently seeking Sample Handlers based in Glasgow, to work in a new COVID-19 Lighthouse Testing, as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

As well as playing a vital role in supporting society's return to a more normal way of life by helping to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, you will also gain invaluable experience and exposure to some of the country's most highly skilled individuals in the scientific community.

This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to go above and beyond to support public health, while contributing towards the fight towards the global pandemic.

Your Responsibilities:

As a Sample Handler, you will be responsible for:

  • Taking receipt of clinical samples from sample sorting room at specified times and book them into the LLiG
  • Removal of clinical samples from exterior packaging (unboxing)
  • Working in a controlled area, with appropriate PPE measures, to remove clinical sample tubes from clinical safety bags (unbagging)
  • Transferring clinical sample tubes to racks for transfer to the laboratory
  • Responsible for the movement and tracking of samples from designated sample receiving and sample processing areas to the clinical laboratory
  • Identifying samples that are not suitable for testing due to damage, leakage etc
  • Remove packaging waste from the laboratory to the sample sorting room by a specified time, and label for returns in time for Royal Mail pickup
  • Basic planning and organisation of workload to ensure efficient service delivery
  • Carry out routine and straightforward record keeping
  • Assess customer needs and respond flexibly to demand
  • Ensure relevant Standard Operating Procedures, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and other relevant regulations and procedures are followed and well-documented according to specification
  • Undertake any other tasks related to the activities of the LLiG, as directed by the management team

Your Experience:

This role requires does not require previous experience; however, it is essential that you can:

  • Ability to follow specific instructions
  • Ability to work productively within a team
  • Understanding of relevant health and safety policies and procedures relative to the role
  • Good attention to detail
  • A courteous manner
  • Good communication skills


Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 4 in English and Mathematics (National 4) or equivalent, and some experience working in a similar role

In Return:

As well as a competitive rate of pay, equivalent of Band 2 temp work you will initially be employed as a temp worker and if successful in duration will be offered a Fixed Term Contract based on Grade 3 role within the university which is £18,212, there is also a 20% shift allowance for early shifts.

This role will require flexibility as the shifts include day, evening, and weekend shifts. The shift pattern is a 4 on 4 off rotation, working 3am - 1pm and to include weekends..

You will also be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team. Diversity at NHS Test and Trace is about reflecting the communities we serve, holding the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and all that we stand for, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together. We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and their talents are nurtured, empowering them to contribute fully to our purpose.

This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a team of exciting individuals, all focused on delivering the best possible outcome to combat against the pandemic.

If you're ready for a new challenge and are ready to start work ASAP, please apply today.

Please note: Impellam Group is working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace, so you will be employed on a fixed-term employment basis with an Employing Agency (either SRG, Medacs, Lorien or Blue Arrow) within Impellam Group, in line with contractual employment terms and conditions set out by the respective Employing Agency, and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace.