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Consultant Histopathologist


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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.

  • Locum Consultant Histopathologist (supporting portfolio applicants)
    99,532 - 131,964
    A University Health Board is looking to appoint 2 locum consultants to the their developing pathology department in the South Wales, one of the most beautiful and low cost areas of the UK. 


    The Health Board covers a quarter of the land mass of Wales and is predominantly rural in nature with areas of outstanding beauty attracting National Park status. They are actively involved in realising a regional service for Cellular Pathology and is also engaged with the All Wales Digital Pathology project. Cellular Pathology has also recently implemented the All Wales LIMS Intersystems module. The post therefore allows the interested incumbent to live in an area of outstanding beauty, become established at work and in time with agreement transfer to the new organisation.


    The consultant team is six strong with an additional three posts being appointed, with the consultants supported by a team of Biomedical Scientists, Lab Technicians and an excellent, supportive and friendly management team.

    The service is provided from hospital buildings in close proximity to the departments of Microbiology and Blood Sciences, and a CPA accreditation is held, along with a ISO 15189 assessment. The processing laboratory in Glangwili Hospital provides centralised services in both immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. A new Mortuary/Autopsy suite/Relatives’ Services Facility opened in early 2011.

    Approximately 10-15% of specimens come from general practitioners. The majority of autopsies are at the request of H M Coroner with on average less than 5 consented autopsies per year across the Health Board. HER2 testing in Breast Cancer is provided together with molecular (FISH) testing from the laboratory at a neighbouring hospital. Molecular pathology related to lymphoma diagnosis is provided as part of The All Wales Lymphoma Panel from the laboratory at University Hospital Wales. A comprehensive Molecular testing repertoire is provided by the All Wales Molecular Laboratory based in University Hospital Wales Cardiff. Neuropathology is referred, and all Paediatric Pathology including autopsies is referred to Paediatric Pathology at Cardiff. Currently there are no facilities for routine molecular pathology.


    The pace of life can be as fast or slow as you choose, with a diverse range of people sharing an envious work-life balance across the region. An excellent choice of schools and very reasonable property prices contribute to a high standard of living. The area is near to mountains, and has some of the longest and most beautiful beaches in the UK. Wales provides wonderful lifestyle opportunities and there are opportunities to undertake many activities such as climbing and mountain biking as well as walking, surfing, fishing, sailing and hiking. Property prices are lower than many parts of the UK with excellent State and Independent Schools within the area. There are excellent road and rail connections to London and the larger cities. Wales has a low crime rate and is a safe and friendly place to live and work.

    • FRCPath or European Specialist qualifications
    • GMC registration with license to practice
  • Consultant Histopathologist (NHS experience)
    99,532 - 131,964
    Experienced cellular pathologist? This beautiful location in midlands of England is looking for histopathologists with experience in anatomic pathology and cytology and with comfortable english levels to report independently.

    This is a 10 PA permanent (substantive) post to be based in medium sized district general hospital in the midlands of England. Working in a small, friendly team this is a good job for consultants looking for their first post in the UK in a well located, beautiful part of the UK.

    The hospital has approximately 400 bed beds, serving a population of approximately 270,000 across the county and surrounding areas (with a 900,000 catchment for vascular services) of which 24 are maternity, 16 are paediatric, ten are critical care and 28 are day-case beds. The hospital has over 2500 members of staff (making it the largest local employer in the area) and a current turnover of approximately £205m. The hospital enjoys strong community support with over 200 volunteers at the hospital and over £6 million being raised by it's independent Charity over the past 10 years. The support from the charity has enabled the hospital, for example, to build a dedicated cancer centre and has also recently funded a new MRI scanner, operational since early 2018.


    The department of cellular pathology is split across two sites and currently has seven full time consultants in post. The department would like to bring this up to 9 in total as the department expands its service. There is a team of biomedical scientists and laboratory assistants that support the service and each consultants is provided with secretarial support, office, an ergonomic microscope, and a designated computer with internet access.

    The workload for 2019-20 for this particular site was:
    • Histopathology - 18,924 cases
    • Diagnostic cytology -1047 cases
    • Andrology - 654 cases
    Other important details regarding the department include:
    • The surgical pathology work from the hospital (biopsies and resections) reflects the clinical speciality mix of the hospital whilst the case mix is typical of a district general hospital.
    • The department provides a histopathology service for the NHS bowel cancer screening, breast screening and cervical screening service.
    • A good repertoire of antibodies is available for immunohistochemistry at both sites, with less commonly used antibodies referred out to specialist centres for staining.
    • There is a histology laboratory and “cut up” room. The laboratory contains standard equipment, which includes three tissue processors (a VIP and two Leica processors), two Embedding Centres (a Sakura and a Leica) and two Leica integrated auto-stainers and cover-slippers. The Roche Ventana Ultra staining platform is used for immunocytochemical stains
    • The department has a multi-headed microscope which enables the Consultants to meet and discuss cases
    • The Cytology laboratory includes a dedicated preparation room for the preparation of non-gynaecological specimens and contains one Cytospin, one centrifuge.
    • The pathology laboratory is fully computerised with the CliniSys WinPath Enterprise system. The laboratory based system links directly with hospital and ward based systems, with both ICE requesting and reporting.
    • The Hospital has many clinical links with the tertiary centre of Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals. It is part of the Anglia Cancer Network and the department participates in specialist MDTs within the Network. The perinatal and paediatric autopsy service is provided by Consultant Paediatric Pathologists at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
    • The Mortuary is also the Public Mortuary for the county. Coroner’s post-mortems are not part of the NHS contract and are performed at the behest of the Coroner.
    • The Cellular Pathology Department has full accreditation against ISO15189.
    • The Laboratory participates in NEQAS for:
      • General Histopathology (staining)
      • Immunocytochemistry
      • Andrology (sperm motility and morphology)

    The local town is a thriving market town, which provides easy access to London (55 miles), the East Midlands, the North of England and beyond through its rail links and M1 / A1 / A14 accessibility. First Capital Connect runs trains directly to London Luton and London Gatwick airport. Trains run to London St. Pancras, the international terminal for Eurostar.

    The Hospital currently provides services for a population of around 270,000, of which 119,600 live in the main county town of. The area is primarily agricultural, with numerous pleasant villages within easy commuting distance of the hospital. In recent years most of the expansion in population has been in the M1 / A1 corridor and significant further growth is planned in the surrounding areas. It is anticipated that by 2021 there will be a further 50-55,000 people living in the town area.

    There is a varied selection of accommodation for rent or purchase, both in rural and urban surroundings. Education is a prominent feature in the Town. The local schools provide first-class independent education for some 4,000 girls and boys supported by preparatory schools and other independent schools that cater for all ranges of ability. There is also a wide selection of state schools available. The Local University has a campus in the town; and the College also offers a comprehensive range of courses in Applied Sciences, Health, Education, Business and The Arts, leading to qualifications such as HNDs, CertEd., PGCE and foundation degrees. Cranfield University is located in the local area. The hospital is situated within walking distance of the town centre.

    Several local villages to the north are situated on the large river which is a very attractive feature of the area. There are two good parks within walking distance of the town centre. Russell Park, with its children’s play area and formal gardens, takes its name from the Dukes. The main Park, laid out by the Victorians, has a circular carriage ride, pavilions, lodges and bandstand. The Country Park is within walking distance, offering water sports, nature trails, a visitor centre and marina. The river is an important feature and provides a focus for a very strong rowing community and River Festival held every two years, a large free outdoor event.

    The area is well provided for sport, leisure and cultural activities including an International Athletic Stadium, five golf courses, three rowing clubs, a Rugby Club, a Town Football Club and several swimming pools. The world-famous local Orchestra has a residency nearby where it performs eight concerts each year, as well as involvement in educational activity in schools and the local community. John Bunyan was born in 1628 in Elstow, just south of the town. 


    To be eligible for this role you must have:
    • FRCPath or equivalent
    • Specialist Registration or within six-months CCT or CESR
    • Eligibility for GMC registration
    • Experience having worked at consultant experience if no UK experience
    If you are unsure about your eligibility for this role, do not hesitate to contact us for an informal conversation. 
  • Consultant Cellular Pathologist - Locum or Permanent
    88,364 - 119,133
    This Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit two enthusiastic Histopathology Consultants to join their Laboratory Medicine Directorate based in this beautiful English historic city. These posts can be offered on a substantive (permanent) or fixed-term appointment with permanent candidates being preferred for the role. The post combines Histopathology and Cytology (Non-Gynae). The post is offered as up to 10 programmed activities (PAs) with the option of 2 additional PAs. The department rota is divided equally on a daily rolling rota.
    We welcome discussion with applicants regarding flexible/less than full time working, and home working, with the job plan to be mutually agreed prior to commencement.


    The trust comprises two main acute hospitals with this role based at the larger, and better performing centre with affiliations to the local University. This post will not involve cross-site cover. The hospitals management and culture are renowned for being friendly, welcoming and supportive of ambition and career development.


    You will be joining a supportive Histopathology team of six Consultants and two Associate Specialists. To support the service delivery the work of the department is divided on a daily rolling rota. The department is not currently subspecialised, however this may change, and the department are open to discuss circumstances where candidates may be interested in reporting two or three areas. The trust has an ambitious programme of service modernisation and a reputation for providing high quality services. The department has recently consolidated its services onto the main site and now undertakes around 34,000 requests per annum of general histopathology from both sites.

    The department are planning to undertake an extensive laboratory refurbishment over the next few years and they are also taking part in the North England Pathology Imaging Collaborative, one of the largest digital imaging projects in the world. Currently they do not routinely report digitally though it is something being worked on for the future. The laboratory is also in the process of implementing a new laboratory information system and a new immunohistochemistry system and end-to-end specimen tracking system.


    You will have the opportunity to join and shape the service at this exciting time. As part of the pathology network programme of NHS improvement, they are in the process of forming a combined organisation in order to better use our combined capitol and expertise.

    To support your on-going professional development you will receive an excellent Study leave package from the hospital whilst the Trust also has an active Research Department to support research interests. The department has close links with the local Medical School offering interested candidates opportunities for undergraduate teaching or the development of management roles within the medical school.

    CESR support will be made available for candidates with excellent experience and FRCPath - whilst candidates new to the NHS but with specialist registration will be accommodated and supported through their early stages in the new healthcare system and workplace to ensure you settle in well to your new surroundings. 

    The department is not currently subspecialised, however this may change, and the department are open to discuss circumstances where candidates may be interested in reporting two or three areas.


    The hospital is located just minutes away from the city centre which is home to various restaurants, bars, shops and theatres perfect for all ages. There are many bus routes accessible throughout the city and the train station is only a ten minute drive from the hospital with regular services to surrounding areas such as Leeds and the ability to travel to London in under 2 hours.

    The city is a quintessentially British part of the UK with beautiful architecture, a small city feel with a friendly and welcoming local population. In addition, the area is diverse and multicultural with an established culture of international doctors relocating to the area to support the local NHS services. 

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