SMART Testing Recruitment

As we continue to face the unprecedented challenge of coronavirus, Lancashire has been given government funding to expand asymptomatic testing for Covid-19.

As a result, we are now urgently recruiting more people to join our testing teams, as we expand SMART testing across Lancashire.

We’re already working with a growing number of businesses, as well as schools, faith groups and community organisations directly. Wider public testing is also planned in the coming months.

1 in 3 people who test positive for Covid-19 have no symptoms at all, and often spread it unknowingly.  That's why the testing of people without symptoms is vital. Identifying these individuals will save lives.

About SMART Testing

SMART mass testing by Lateral Flow Test (LFT) is underway in Lancashire with businesses, schools, faith groups and community organisations.  

SMART mass testing will enable us to more accurately track the spread of infection, identify cases and undertake contact tracing to safeguard our residents.

What does SMART mean?

Sustained – we expect to continue testing for many months to come.

Meaningful – we want to make a real impact and bring infection rates down.

Asymptomatic – these tests are for people without any symptoms of COVID.

Repeated – we want people to have a test twice a week, so that they can be confident they are not infected or infectious.

Targeted – we are focusing on communities and groups where we need to break chains of infection.

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow Tests do not require a laboratory to process the test – they are designed to be intuitive and need only minimal training to use them.

Testing will be done on a self-test basis – the person having a test does a swab of their throat and nose, which is then analysed, with the result sent to them automatically via text or email, within about 30 minutes of the test.

Our roles

We need to recruit people to join our testing teams across all parts of Lancashire.

Each testing team will consist of 6 members of staff including 1 Team Leader and 5 Site/Testing Operatives.

We're looking for people who can work Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am - 5pm, on the days that you are available.

It's likely there will be opportunities for additional work outside of these hours and at weekends.

Find out more about the roles below.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification for the roles. 

£9.81 per hour

(Plus enhancements for weekend working (time + 25%) and bank holidays (time + 50%)

The role of the Site/Testing Operative is to carry out a range of tasks that facilitate the provision and administration of Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests safely and correctly to members of the public in various settings, including educational establishments, care settings, community settings and business/industrial premises.

The role will involve:

  • Registering members of the public who attend the test location and checking they are comfortable with the testing process.
  • Provide support with handing out testing kits and advice on how to self-administer the Lateral Flow Tests.
  • Ensure the test location is kept clean and safe at all times, and cleaning test locations at the end of testing sessions.
  • Processing the test samples and results and recording test results.

What we need from you:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and have a supportive/caring nature
  • Knowledge of Government guidance regarding Covid-19
  • Commitment to follow strict PPE rules
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to physically stand for several hours with good mobility

£11.05 per hour

(Plus enhancements for weekend working (time + 25%) and bank holidays (time + 50%)

In addition to carrying out the role of Site/Testing Operative, the Team Leader will also supervise and coordinate both the team and testing activities at each test location, ensuring the safe, efficient and correct operation of the testing process.

The role will involve:

  • Supervise, coordinate and assist the testing team with day-to-day operations.
  • Ensure that testing activities are completed in accordance with defined procedures and to specified standards.
  • Respond to issues arising independently, wherever possible.

What we need from you:

  • Supervisory skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and have a supportive/caring nature
  • Knowledge of Government guidance regarding Covid-19
  • Commitment to follow strict PPE rules
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to physically stand for several hours with good mobility

Join our team - Apply now

If you are interested in applying for either the Covid-19 Team Leader or Site/Testing Operative roles, please click the Apply Now button below and complete the online form.

Once you have completed the initial online enquiry form, we will progress a small number of pre-employment checks for you and someone from the SMART testing team will contact you for more information.

Apply now

Training and experience

Training

The training requirements are quick and simple – you will complete an online training session which takes about an hour and a half. This will be followed by a visit to one of our existing testing locations to observe a testing session to get practical experience of the process.

Experience

If you have previous experience in a health or community setting we would love to hear from you. 

If you don’t have any experience but want to help out, please get in touch too as experience is not essential and training will be provided. 

You are likely to be required to travel to various test locations for which a driving licence, access to a car and business insurance will be required. Business mileage to and from testing sites will be payable (currently 45p per mile).

If you do not have a driving licence/car/business insurance, work may be available locally, depending upon where the testing site locations are established.

Personal Protective Equipment

This role will entail coming into contact with members of the public who may not have Covid-19 symptoms but who may test positive. Training and full personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided. However, we would ask you to consider your own personal circumstances and whether you or a person you live with has been classed at being at 'High' or 'Moderate' risk from Coronavirus (See NHS guidelines) before applying.

All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is necessary to carry out the role safely will be provided and we will also train you on how to use the PPE correctly.