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Job Description

Experience Pathology Consultants from all corners of the world are welcome to apply for these consultant roles in one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the South East of England. The trust are recruiting experienced consultants, regardless of whether they are on the specialist register or not. Experience from healthcare systems with similar methods and reporting techniques will be considered for these roles and any not on the specialist register will be supported for CESR if that is their desire.


The trust provides both acute hospital and community health care and has nearly 10,000 staff and an annual budget in 2019/20 of over £715 million. The trust has two large general hospitals in the East of England, 
typically well performing hospitals scoring highly in their CQC reports.


Their aim is to incorporate the latest technologies and innovations to ensure the service is prepared for current and future challenges of the modern NHS, and the Trust is working towards a collaboration with a large teaching hospital and tertiary centre in China. This will bring exciting opportunities to the Histopathology department with regards research and teaching. There will be programmes of fellowship including histopathology, collaborated research projects are already started and in progress.
  • The post holder appointed will take a proportionate share in the provision of the service in surgical pathology, and cytopathology.
  • Surgical cut-up is performed by Consultant Pathologists, Specialty Registrars and Biomedical Scientists.
  • Two biomedical scientists have completed the Diploma of Expert Practice in Histological dissection (cut-up) and one is currently in training.
  • Small biopsies are handled by the technical staff.
  • The Consultant Pathologists report all FNA and non-cervical cytology specimens.
  • There is no provision of FNA for one stop clinics and histopathologists are not involved in taking FNA samples.
  • There is currently no true sub-specialisation in the reporting of surgical histology or diagnostic cytology, although there is a lead pathologist for each of the cancer sites who acts as a contact point within the Department and participates in multidisciplinary meetings.
  • There is no on-call commitment.
  • The post holder may choose to undertaken coronial post mortem examinations through direct agreement with the local coroners services. This is via agreement directly with the coroner, coverage of post mortem activity if offset by time shifting of contracted NHS time to take account of the time spent undertaking the coronial post mortems.
There are six current consultant pathologists and capacity to appoint two more - including this vacancy - and the Histopathology and Blood Science services are fully accredited by UKAS. The service participates in both interpretative and technical EQA schemes relevant to the service and the hospital is an HTA approved institution.


The hospital is located in a beautiful part of the UK and you’ll enjoy an enviable quality of life in this historic town. The area benefits from a wealth of affordable housing in one of the most attractive parts of Britain, yet is close to one of London's major airports and all the facilities of London. Your new home will also be great news if you’re bringing up a family, as this part of the UK is home to some excellent schools and great leisure facilities.

A relocation document can be provided along with job descriptions to those interested in finding out more.


To be considered for this role you must meet the following requirements:
  • Specialist Registration in Histopathology or
  • FRCPath and extensive consultant experience or
  • GMC registration with reporting experience in a similar healthcare system
Experience from similar healthcare systems with similar reporting methods will be considered for these roles. Any consultant pathologists not on the specialist register for histopathology will be supported for CESR if that is their desire.
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