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An English NHS Trust is looking for a Consultant Histopathologist to join their team. They are considering either UK or overseas-trained doctors for a fixed term or permanent contract type. The trust will support with CESR support for those who are looking to attain CESR and Specialist Registration. This is a high performing and friendly department for overseas doctors new to the NHS, or UK-based doctors looking to further careers in the UK.

This is a great job for any overseas Pathologists looking for CESR-support and great career development in an attractive part of England.


This NHS Foundation Trust was formally established on 1 October 2021 and has been working together as a group since 2016.

Their dedicated team of around 20,000 staff delivers healthcare excellence and more specialist services to over one million people across the surrounding areas. Patients and service users may receive a range of integrated health and social care services at their home or in their community or be treated and cared for in one of the trusts four hospitals.


The previous divisions of Diagnostics and Pharmacy across Salford and Pennine have now come together to form a new Diagnostic and Pharmacy Group across the the Trust. There are currently two main cellular pathology departments providing services across two locations, however, over the next couple of years the vision is to establish a single service for all 3 trusts.

The Department, based at one of the hospitals, is housed in a modern, purpose built Pathology department that opened in 2007 and offers an exceptional working environment. The laboratory receives a wide range of specimens from all nearby hospitals and from general practitioner services. 

The Cellular Pathology Service is UKAS accredited and provided from a central laboratory. It supports the head and neck adequacy clinic and also one stop breast clinics for both breast FNA and core biopsies. The Cellular Pathology Service is involved in the Bowel Cancer screening programme and the Cervical Cancer screening programme. The diagnostic cytology workload predominantly consists of breast FNA, bronchoscopic samples (including EBUS), body cavity fluids, thyroid FNA and urine. Currently most of the consultant body are general Histopathologists with a special interest in reporting Breast, Gastrointestinal Pathology (GIT), Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Pathology (HPB) Urology, Respiratory, Lymphoreticular, Placental and Head and Neck Pathology (H&N). The department supports MDTs for Breast, Head and Neck, Urology, Upper GI and Lower GI, Lymphoma, mismatch Gynaecology, IBD, CUP and Respiratory services. The department has recently introduced a workload allocation system for the general histopathology team using the RCPath workload scoring system to ensure an equitable share of routine specimens and complex specimens from defined areas of sub-specialisation.  The department also offers tertiary Neuropathology and Dermatopathology referral diagnostic services.

Provision of immunohistochemistry with a comprehensive range of tests, to which new antibodies are continuously added, is available within the laboratory. This includes Her2 immunohistochemistry and HER2 DDISH. The Trust has centralised all post-mortem examinations at one of their sites.  The centralised mortuary is a purpose built mortuary and is the forensic mortuary for all of the surrounding areas.

Then, the Cellular Pathology department at a second hsopital is clinically orientated and works closely with medical colleagues across the hospital. The Trust is the leading Major Trauma Centre for the region, one of only two designated Intestinal Failure Units in the UK, manages all the major upper gastrointestinal surgery, making it the largest GI centre in England, host of the nearby Neuroscience Centre (including a tertiary neurosurgical and complex spines centre), and the largest Dermatology Centre in Europe. This hospital is one of the four sites identified for acute major abdominal surgery under the Healthier Together initiative, and also undertakes major pelvic urology surgery. 

The department receives diagnostic cytology specimens which predominantly consists of breast FNA, bronchoscopic samples (including EBUS), body cavity fluids, thyroid FNA and urine. 


This trust's aim to support the personal development of all of their doctors, whilst maintaining a working environment where patient safety is paramount. A key element is ensuring high quality medical education and training, recognising the clear link between a supportive learning environment and patient safety as well as an improved patient experience.

It is expected that the post holder will become a clinical and educational supervisor (with GMC recognised training). The Trust has a pivotal role in the clinical training of more than 400 medical students from the nearby University. It provides training for a large number of foundation and specialty trainees and supports the career development of clinical fellows. There are active undergraduate and postgraduate departments who provide support with learning and development. The post holder will be required to participate in both undergraduate and post graduate training.

Overall, offers many opportunities for further personal and career development. Access to relevant study leave will be available, subject to the agreement of the supervisor and department. All consultants have 1 SPA for continuous professional development identified with their job plans; further SPA is available in recognition of additional roles.

The post holder must remain up to date with mandatory training and there are opportunities for involvement in audit and quality improvement, as well as regular involvement in departmental MDTs. The new appointee will also participate in the annual appraisal process where development plans will be identified.


This region holds considerable geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity. It enjoys excellent transport connections via the M62, and M60 motorways and the Metrolink tram system. The population is 227,312, of whom 62.1% are aged between 16 and 64 (OMBC 2013 mid-year estimate). Approximately 22.5% of the population are from ethnic minority groups.

The area is a perfect place to live in, from its vibrant community to its thriving modern hub, putting it firmly on the home-buying map for First Time Buyers or Home Movers in the area. Thanks to the investment in the area, it now homes more shops, restaurants and bars, but if this isn’t enough, the attractions of the City Centre are always nearby. But this modern city development hasn’t destroyed its green spaces. This location remains one of the UK’s greenest cities so that residents can enjoy waterfront, urban and rural living, supported by excellent housing prices.

The city centre provides plenty of fun things to do and unique places to visit. Some of the best things about Manchester include:

1) Gig culture – a world-renowned music scene.
2) Art galleries – more than 30 museums and galleries.
3) Industrial heritage – 95km of canals and six steam engines.
4) Shopping heaven – 42 traditional markets, selling everything from food to clothes.
5) Green space – thousands of acres of parks and countryside, including the beautiful Peak District National Park.

The city centre is also famed for being one of the best cities for nightlife in the UK. Whether you're looking for a gourmet dinner, upmarket wine bar, traditional 'real ale' pub or a place to dance the night away, this location has it all. It remains one of the best cities in the world to hear live music and is a major destination for touring bands. From jazz festivals and world music events to classical music and opera, the diversity of music available is hard to beat.


EEA candidates: 
  •  Recognised European Medical Degree or Specialist Qualification in Histopathology
  •  Full and specialist registration (and with a license to practice) with the General Medical Council or be eligible for registration within six months of interview.

Non-EEA candidates: 

  • FRCPath
  • Full and specialist registration (and with a license to practice) with the General Medical Council or be eligible for registration within six months of interview.

UK-based candidates: 

  •  Within 6-months of CESR or CCT in Histopathology.

This is a great job for any experienced overseas Histopathologists working towards CESR and specialist registration in the UK.

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