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Consultant in Histopathology (Short-Term Locum)

88,364 - 119,133

Job Description

An outstanding opportunity for experienced Cellular Pathologists to join an NHS Trust that is committed to providing the best quality care to the people of East Sussex by attracting and recruiting passionate people who share this commitment. This Trust is one of the largest employers in the region and their members and staff are dedicated professionals whose work is varied, challenging and makes a real difference to people’s health and well-being. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.


The Trust is one of the largest organisations in the country and they employ over 6,000 dedicated staff with an annual turnover of £380 million who provides service to 525,000 people that live within the area. Their services are mainly provided from two district general hospitals, both have Emergency Departments and provide care 24 hours a day. They offer a comprehensive range of surgical, medical and maternity services supported by a full range of diagnostic and therapy services.

The role of the NHS Trust is to provide the best possible healthcare service to patients, who come first in everything the organisation does. Safe patient care is the Trust's highest priority. They will provide high quality clinical services that achieve and demonstrate optimum clinical outcomes and provide an excellent care experience for patients. The employees will be valued and respected. They will be involved in decisions about the services they provide and offered the training and development that they need to fulfill their roles.

They will operate efficiently and effectively, diagnosing and treating patients in timely fashion and expediting their return to health. They will use their resources efficiently and effectively for the benefit of their patients and their care to ensure our services are clinically, operationally, and financially sustainable.


The Department & Team is a group of people who are hard-working, and dedicated to supporting their colleagues. They are friendly, efficient team on a 10 Programmed Activity per week basis. The department is well-equipped and has a dedicated MDM meeting rooms with video conferencing facilities. The MDMs are divided fairly amongst the consultants with only one pathologist attending each meeting and limited sub-specialisation. The department's laboratory is UKAS accredited, with state of the art equipment, dealing with over 29000 surgical cases and 2000 non-gynae cytology specimens per year.

The department has implemented the Warwick workload management system and this is used to allocate work to consultants. An established double reporting system for cancer cases is in place to enhance quality assurance. The case mix is that normally seen in a district general hospital, with consultants taking an integral role in cancer MDTs. 

The post holder will play a full part in the provision of a diagnostic pathology service to the Trust and will be expected to contribute to the provision of a cancer pathology service for one or more anatomical sites, complementing the interests of the consultants already in post.


The region has a natural beauty. Sussex has some fantastic natural features such as the Seven Sisters National Park, and many areas of outstanding natural beauty that include the medieval heathland and forests of the High Weald. It also has beaches and harbours where people can go to during their dayoffs.

Besides its natural beauty, there's a rich array of accommodation options, ranging from the five star Grand Hotel on Eastbourne seafront to quaint B&Bs set amid beautiful Sussex countryside. East Sussex offers a rich array of culture, with art galleries such as the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and an array of theatre and entertainment venues such as the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, Congress and Deveonshire Park Theatres in Eastbourne and the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.


The combination of clinical practice and first-class academic connections means that medical professionals have a wide range of opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their aspirations. You will have access to leadership, teaching, educational and research opportunities for Continued Professional Develop (CPD). If you are a new consultant you will receive mentoring and support from medical leads as well as access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-caliber Consultants.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology
  • European Specialist Qualification in Cellular Pathology

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT
  • Consultant Histopathologist (General reporting and NHS experience)
    88,364 - 119,133
    An NHS Foundation Trust are looking for a Consultant Histopathologist to join their Pathology department based in a nearby University\'s laboratory. They are considering either UK or overseas-trained doctors for a fixed-term contract type. The trust will support with CESR support for those who are looking to attain CESR. 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 Histopathologists looking for CESR-support and great career development in a diverse and lively town in England. 

    What is NHS Foundation Trust like?

    This NHS Foundation Trust offers an extensive variety of services for all the major specialties from many locations. These include A&E, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Intensive Care, Gynaecology, Genitourinary Medicine, ENT, Maxillo-Facial surgery, paediatrics, general medicine, and all the general surgical specialities. They are also the region\'s specialists for cancer, eye and renal care serving over one million people across the surrounding areas.

    Their main site is a Hospital which was rated as an ‘Outstanding’ Hospital in its January 2018 CQC report. This hospital has a successful track record of delivering high quality acute medical and surgical services for over 500,000 patients.

    What is the Histopathology department like?

    This trusts Cellular Pathology department encompasses both Histopathology and Cytopathology and provides Histology and Non-Gynae Cytology services to the local NHS Trust and the local General Practitioners in the area. The Gynaecological cytology service has been centralised at a nearby hospital.

    The department is equipped to a high standard. Large block processing facilities are available and are used as necessary for a variety of cases including radical prostatectomies. The department has an up-to-date range of automated processing and staining equipment and there is an automated immunostaining machine (Ventana Ultra, Roche Diagnostics) with a wide range of antibodies available. With the support of our Immunohistochemistry specialist, this area of diagnostic work is continuing to undergo expansion. Immunofluorescent facilities are also available.

    The new Histopathology consultant will be joining a team of 4 Consultant Histopathologists (some of whom also cover diagnostic Cytology), 1 Associate Specialist, 1 Specialty Doctor and 4 full-time Histopathology Registrars. If they so wish, the new consultant can also be responsible for reporting one quarter of the non-gynaecological cytology workload in conjunction with the other 3 Consultants who undertake cytology. 

    What Career development and further opportunities are available?

    This trust is committed to ongoing training and support of consultants, there is a structured two year programme of induction and leadership development. Every consultant appointed is offered a choice of mentors, meeting with them on a regular basis. It also has an excellent reputation for education, as measured by its GMC Survey and regular responses from trainees and medical students. Therefore, there will be opportunity for the new consultant to participate in trainee education and training. Medical students from Oxford and Southampton Deaneries are accommodated here and trained both in theatre and through running tutorials, viva practice etc. 

    The new consultant will also have access to a medical library with an active Library & Knowledge Services team, a resuscitation and clinical skills department offering external nationally accredited courses and an established simulation centre - all of which are fully equipped for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in a virtual environment. 

    Overall, there is real opportunity to progress through CESR at pace at this trust, with a strong desire for their doctors to develop their specialty areas of interest and research projects where possible. Clinico-pathological research and co-operation with research projects being undertaken by clinical departments is encouraged.

    Life in the region

    One of the largest towns in the UK, this area is diverse and highly sought after, with it being named \'One Of The Best Places to Live\' by the Sunday Times in 2022. A mere 30 minutes away from London, it is the perfect home for those who wish to have some space from bustling city life whilst also being provided with vast amounts of entertainment. It is a university town so there’s no shortage of independent and well-loved bars, pubs and restaurants. A nearby arcade is filled with independent boutiques, whilst the high street boasts retail favourites. This region also provides well-connected transport links. It has some of the busiest train stations outside of London, all operating to many locations around the UK. It is also in close proximity to major airports such as Heathrow, Luton and Southampton as well as access routes like the M4.

    Primarily known for its annual festival, the town attracts musical artists from around the world. There is a strong arts community here, from the International Solidarity Centre to the South Street Arts Centre, the town is filled with creative individuals. If you’re moving to the area with children, or you one day plan to start a family, there are also many primary and secondary schools that have achieved an Ofsted rating of “outstanding” or “good”.

    Am I eligible for this role?

    Non-EEA candidates: 

    • FRCPath Histopathology
    • Extensive experience in field of histopathology

    EEA candidates: 

    • European Specialist Qualifications 
    • Extensive experience in field of anatomical pathology

    UK candidates: 

    • CCT in Histopathology or CESR application submitted
    This is a fantastic opportunity for any histopathologists / anatomical pathologists interested in working in one of the UK\'s most beautiful and attractive areas of the UK. Overseas pathologists will be supported with CESR and their sub-specialty development.
  • Locum Consultant Histopathologist (supporting portfolio applicants)
    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)
    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. 

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