FRCPath Part 2 – a detailed guide for overseas histopathologists 

  • July 03, 2022
 

The final exam in the FRCPath Histopathology series... 

International specialists in histopathology, cellular pathology or anatomic pathology looking to secure a job in the UK via the postgraduate qualification route will need to obtain Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists or FRCPath Histopathology by examination only.  

The completion of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Royal College of Pathology qualification for Histopathology results in eligibility for GMC registration (with the addition of the English language component). The FRCPath qualification is recommended for international pathologists looking to securing senior jobs in the NHS.  

The exams can be taken by IMGs from all over the world, provided certain eligibility criteria have been met.

Here we’ll take a closer look into these and other important questions through the following topics - skip to one of these sections if you know what you're looking for:

An overview of FRCPath Histopathology 

The FRCPath Histopathology exams are administered by the Royal College of Pathologists to test a doctor's knowledge and ability to apply this in the practice of histopathology within the scope of the Specialty Training Curriculum for Histopathology.  

The exams are as follows: 

  • FRCPath Part 1 
  • FRCPath Part 2 

To read more about the full FRCPath examination suite via out IMG resources, please click here

Please note that only full FRCPath satisfies the requirements for GMC registration for overseas doctors taking the postgraduate route. Alternative routes to GMC registration include PLAB and licensing exams such as USMLE. You can find out more about alternative routes here

For doctors who are interested in more senior roles in the NHS that are reflective of their current practice, we advise that FRCPath is the best route to take to GMC registration. Histopathology in the UK is consultant-led specialism; and many NHS job postings will have FRCPath as a requirement for doctors who are not on the Specialist Register. In most cases, and FRCPath qualification will help you to attain a locum consultant role. 

What is FRCPath Part 2? 

FRCPath Part 2 is the last exam in the FRCPath qualification. It is designed to recognise candidates who are close to the end of their training who can demonstrate an appropriate approach to independent practice. The assessment consists of six components which are take over a period of two days. The components include both written and face-to-face elements with an examiner where candidates are expected to demonstrate both clinical and practical knowledge as well as special techniques and complex diagnoses. Every section assesses a distinct set of professional skills which are all essential to effective performance ad an independent histopathologist and cytopathologist. 

Am I eligible to sit this exam? 

The FRCPath Part 2 Histopathology exam is open to candidates from every country, provided they have met certain criteria. This includes the expectation that most trainees will sit the Part 2 exam after at least 3 years of specialty training in Histopathology. There should also normally be a 12-month wait between passing the Part 1 exam and attempting Part 2.  

For full details, please see the Royal College website here

How is the exam structured and marked? 

The six stations of FRCPath Part 2 are detailed below: 

Surgical Histology  

Format: 20 x 20 mins stations, 20 cases over 3 hours and 20 minutes.  

This will include twenty cases presented in H&E stained slides in 20-minute slots over 3 hours and 20 minutes. The cases are selected according to a blueprint and include a balanced mix of neoplastic and non-neoplastic material, drawn from a wide range of organ systems. The cases will vary in difficulty from straightforward cases to cases not capable of diagnosis through a single H&E, prompting the use of further techniques and specialist opinions. 

Cytopathology  

Format: 8 x 20 mins stations, 16 cases 

Eight non-gynaecological cases in pairs, in 20-minute slots and will be marked according to pre-determined criteria. 

Macroscopic Pathology 

Format: 2 x 20 mins stations, 4 cases; 20 mins discussion 

Candidates will be provided with photos of 4 cases in the form of gross pathology specimens. Candidates will be provided with clinical information and asked to prepare responses to specific questions and mark on the photos where they would take blocks. There will be two 20-minute slots given to view two cases per slot, followed by a 20-minute discussion with two examiners. The exercise is designed for candidates to show their capabilities in discussing gross pathology and familiarity with block selection in relation to the RCPath Minimum datasets. 

OSPEs 

Format: 2 x 20 mins stations 

The objective structured practical examination (OPSE) includes two 20-minute stations, one of which is a written exercise and the other is conducted face-to-face with two examiners. Topics may include management/ clinical governance type and MDT-type cases, amongst other topics. 

Long Cases 

Format: 4 x 20 mins stations 

Four 20-minute stations of cases which cannot usually be covered by a single H&E section, requiring additional stains. These may include histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, among other cases. 

Frozen Sections 

Format: 2 x 20 mins stations, 6 cases; 20 mins discussion 

Six cases for review in two 20-minute stations where candidates should make notes, including a ‘bottom line’ diagnosis only, before discussing these with a pair of examiners in a face-to-face 20-minute station. 

Exam marking  

Each section of the exam is marked against a pre-determined specimen answer with a pass or fail awarded per section. Due to the importance of cellular pathology in medical practice, only a small margin of inaccuracy is allowed. Failure to distinguish across the benign/ malignant boundary (or other similar errors of equal significance in terms of affecting patient outcome) in 15-25% of cases in any section of the exam will result in a failure of the entire exam, regardless of performance in other areas with no leeway to compensate. Final marks will be approved by the Examinations Committee. 

Candidates attempting the FRCPath Part 2 exam have four attempts within which to pass the exam, and 7-years between each sitting to pass the full qualification. 

As an international histopathologist, where can I sit the exam? 

The exam currently takes place twice a year in Spring and Autumn and are held in the UK and in one overseas centre in Irbid, Jordan.  

For up-to-date information on exam centres, visit the Royal College website here

How much will the exam cost? 

The FRCPath Part 2 exam costs £1,416. A breakdown of the cost of the 2019 sitting of the exam can be found on the Royal College website here

How do I apply for the exam? 

Applications for each sitting of the exam open months in advance and are currently closed for the Autumn 2021 sitting. Applications for the Spring 2022 sitting will open in late 2021. Late applications are not accepted. Keep an eye on the Royal College website for up-to-date information on applications here

What is the best way to prepare for the exam? 

There are several resources available to help you prepare for your Histopathology FRCPath exam. As always, we recommend that the best starting point for your study is the Royal College website, particularly the Curriculum for Specialty Training in Histopathology. Your exam is based on this curriculum so familiarising yourself with it as soon as possible will give you the best chance for success. 

Other helpful resources for your study include: 

Regulations and guidelines – before applying for FRCPath exams, the College recommends you read both the general and specialty-specific regulations and guidelines, found below: 

Social media study groups – there are multiple study groups available across different platforms such as Telegram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. IMG Connect hosts study groups for FRCPath Part 2 – these are forums that bring together international doctors from all over the world in one communicative, constructive, and moderated space for learning, sharing, and supporting international histopathologists. 

If you are interested in joining the IMG Connect FRCPath Part 2 study group, please email info@imgconnect.co.uk to speak to our histopathology specialist and request your admission. 

Online courses, videos and other resources - there are some great online courses and resources available to prepare for the FRCPath Part 2 exam. These include everything from full mock exams to mock exams targeting specific sections of FRCPath Part 2 and YouTube videos. You can find a full list of these here, through our IMG resources library. 

FAQs - there is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document which the Royal College have compiled to help applicants who have questions about online examinations. You can read this here

#IMG Tips 

  1. Prepare early – getting your revision going as soon as possible will help you avoid those last-minute cramming sessions and increase your chances of passing first time. 
  2. Speak to your senior colleagues and peers – there are so many study materials to choose from - who better to ask for recommendations than histopathologists who have been through the process or are going through it with you? 
  3. Food and drink – there are multiple stations on both days of the exams so make sure you’re prepared with lots of fuel for the day as there may be no access to food. 
  4. Hire a microscope – for applicants for the UK sitting, examination centres will not have microscopes for you to use so you will need to hire one in advance. There are a few companies who rent microscope and you can find these through a quick web search! 
  5. Join the conversation – for news and updates on all things histopathology for IMGs, click here follow IMG Connect on social media and join the conversation. 

I’ve passed the FRCPath exams, what’s next? 

Firstly, congratulations! The FRCPath exams are not easy so this is an incredible achievement. Once you have passed both passed of the FRCPath in Histopathology, your postgraduate qualifications satisfy the requirements for GMC registration. You can now apply for full registration with license to practice. 

Get in touch with our IMG Connect histopathology specialist to discuss your options for specialist jobs in the UK or to find out more about where you fit into the NHS as a histopathology specialist with FRCPath.  

FRCPath also plays a big part in the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) application, the alternative route to the Specialist Register for overseas doctors who did not complete their training in an approved UK training programme. You can find out more about CESR in our guide for international doctors here

The team at IMG Connect hope you find this article helpful and wish you the best of luck in your FRCPath Histopathology Part 2 exam! 

 

Relevant Jobs

84559 to 114003
A large pathology network are recruiting across a variety of cellular pathology roles, with opportunities in general histopathology at specialty doctor level for those with FRCPath and no previous NHS-experience. The trust is one of the highest performing NHS Trusts in the UK, and with an excellent Pathology Network to match. This is a great centre for those seeking to work through their CESR in Histopathology. 

The NHS Trust and Pathology Network

The site is the largest pathology service provider in the region and formed from the amalgamation of major laboratories with two University Hospitals. It was established to provide high quality diagnostic and autopsy services for the North West population with a new hospital site being built to host the new for the Pathology services. The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services to provide faster diagnostic services and integrate digital services with AI, new scanning equipment and and a larger, collaborative team of pathologists all under the scope of one organisation and building. This is an exciting time to join!

The Department of Cellular Pathology

The department uses RCPath workload points to assess and manage overall departmental workload, actively encouraging trainees in cellular pathology to engage in independent reporting according to their experience and competence. Senior biomedical scientists are encouraged to be involved in the cut up and RCPath-IBMS Biomedical Scientist Histopathology reporting training scheme. The Department has ISO15189 accreditation by UKAS and offers a full range of laboratory facilities including immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, in situ hybridisation, computerised image analysis, flow cytometry and molecular pathology. Molecular pathology is delivered from a multidisciplinary laboratory at RLUH working in conjunction with the North West Genomics laboratory hub.

The department is currently part of a network-wide pilot project in digital pathology. A number, of subspecialties are currently engaged in the process of validation for digital reporting. The Department subscribes to the IARC Blue Books on-line and, also to Immunoquery for decision support in immunocytochemistry. The laboratory reporting is done via a Telepath system, supplemented by the Pathosys structured reporting system for some specialties. All reports are distributed electronically by an ICE system to clinicians within the local trusts and GP practices.

The diagnostic service is based on Consultant teams providing specialist reporting, with multispecialty (generalist) input for stability and to provide cover. The specialist pathologists work closely with clinical and research groups in the following areas: Breast pathology, Cardiothoracic pathology, Dermatopathology, Head and Neck Pathology, Gastrointestinal pathology, Gynaecological pathology, Haematopathology, Musculoskeletal pathology, Ophthalmic pathology, Renal pathology and Urological pathology.

The Cytology department provides a comprehensive service dealing with material from a wide variety of body sites, and all common specimen types. There is an active FNA service based around ultrasound guidance. Each week there are two dedicated ultra-sound guided FNA lists in the Radiology Department and two endoscopic ultra-sound guided FNA lists in the Gastroenterology Department. A rapid on-site diagnostic clinic for head and neck ultrasound guided FNA has commenced recently at the Aintree site. The cytopathology department is committed to expanding the role of biomedical scientists and is supporting 2 senior staff members progress their training and portfolio.


The Gastrointestinal Pathology Service

The Gastrointestinal and Hepatopancreatobiliary (GI & HPB) Pathology team receives the full range of complex / tertiary and routine material, including a high volume of upper GI, lower GI / anal and HPB (with the exception, of liver explants) resections, and reports the pathology for  number of hospitals in the hub. The team supports MDT meetings for all major GI cancer sites, including regional meetings for upper GI, early rectal cancer, anal cancer, liver, pancreas, and neuroendocrine tumours and there are also regular medical gastroenterology CPC meetings. It is expected that the appointee will take on the lead / deputy role for one or more of these MDT /CPC meetings. The team sample fresh GI & HPB resection specimens for the Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub Biobank, support national clinical trials, and provide a second opinion service regionally and nationally. It is one of the largest pancreas units in the UK and leads on numerous clinical trials related to pancreatic cancer. There are opportunities to be involved in these pancreatic trials and to contribute to on-going research projects in pancreatic disease, through links with the University. There are also research opportunities in gastrointestinal and liver diseases.


Career Development & Further Opportunities Available

Firstly, there is the opportunity for IMGs new to the NHS to work with some of the most talented and experienced pathologists around the UK - with 25 +/- FRCPath and CCT consultants making up the bulk of a hugely experienced Cellular Pathology team. This will provide doctors with an excellent ground and senior support network around them to learn and develop in the NHS. Those looking to build their CESR portfolio will benefit from the specialty reporting system as it will allow them to rotate around the teams, learning from each specialist team whilst they gather their evidence for CESR.

Beyond this, there are plenty of opportunities for Research and Further Academia, with links major local universities and specialist research and dvelopment centres with approximately 40 tenured PIs who are leading internationally competitive programmes of research in the following disease areas of Pancreatic disease, Ocular cancers, Lung cancer, Haematological oncology, Head and neck cancer, Hepatobiliary cancer and Internationally competitive cross-cutting scientific themes include; Clinical trials, Biomarkers, DNA damage response pathways, Tumour microenvironment and Cell signalling.

Life in the City and North West

A wonderfully cosmopolitan North West city with rich history and tradition and a unique history as one of the most important cultural cities across the whole of the UK! Manchester and Liverpool are some of the focal points of the North West of England and offers a wide range of excellent amenities as well as very affordable housing market for such a large, major UK city. Schools, childcare, after school clubs are aplenty as well as a strong sporting background that offers much opportunity for an excellent family life in the city, whilst also supporting your child's development and passions in their new home. 

Beyond offering the city life you will have access to the wonderful natural attractions in the England and Wales, with Snowdonia not far away by train, as well as the Peak District and Lake District national parks. Connections to the rest of the UK are great, making your travel around the UK easy. There are two major airports within an hours drive from the city.

Eligibility for this vacancy:

To be eligible for this vacancy you will need the following: 

EEA candidates: 
  • Recognised European Medical Degree or Specialist Qualification in Anatomical Pathology
  • IELTS or OET
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
Non-EEA candidates: 
  • FRCPath Histopathology
  • IELTS or OET 
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
UK-based candidates: 
  • FRCPath Histopathology
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
This is a great opportunity for any experienced GI Pathologist looking to specialise further in one of the highest performing and most technologically-advanced centres in the UK. Those interested in pursuing CESR will be considered and supported where possible to do this. 
45,124 - 77,519
A large pathology network are recruiting across a variety of cellular pathology roles, with opportunities in general histopathology at specialty doctor level for those with FRCPath and no previous NHS-experience. The trust is one of the highest performing NHS Trusts in the UK, and with an excellent Pathology Network to match. This is a great centre for those seeking to work through their CESR in Histopathology. 

The NHS Trust and Pathology Network

The site is the largest pathology service provider in the region and formed from the amalgamation of major laboratories with two University Hospitals. It was established to provide high quality diagnostic and autopsy services for the North West population with a new hospital site being built to host the new for the Pathology services. The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services to provide faster diagnostic services and integrate digital services with AI, new scanning equipment and and a larger, collaborative team of pathologists all under the scope of one organisation and building. This is an exciting time to join!

The Department of Cellular Pathology

The department uses RCPath workload points to assess and manage overall departmental workload, actively encouraging trainees in cellular pathology to engage in independent reporting according to their experience and competence. Senior biomedical scientists are encouraged to be involved in the cut up and RCPath-IBMS Biomedical Scientist Histopathology reporting training scheme. The Department has ISO15189 accreditation by UKAS and offers a full range of laboratory facilities including immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, in situ hybridisation, computerised image analysis, flow cytometry and molecular pathology. Molecular pathology is delivered from a multidisciplinary laboratory at RLUH working in conjunction with the North West Genomics laboratory hub.

The department is currently part of a network-wide pilot project in digital pathology. A number, of subspecialties are currently engaged in the process of validation for digital reporting. The Department subscribes to the IARC Blue Books on-line and, also to Immunoquery for decision support in immunocytochemistry. The laboratory reporting is done via a Telepath system, supplemented by the Pathosys structured reporting system for some specialties. All reports are distributed electronically by an ICE system to clinicians within the local trusts and GP practices.

The diagnostic service is based on Consultant teams providing specialist reporting, with multispecialty (generalist) input for stability and to provide cover. The specialist pathologists work closely with clinical and research groups in the following areas: Breast pathology, Cardiothoracic pathology, Dermatopathology, Head and Neck Pathology, Gastrointestinal pathology, Gynaecological pathology, Haematopathology, Musculoskeletal pathology, Ophthalmic pathology, Renal pathology and Urological pathology.

The Cytology department provides a comprehensive service dealing with material from a wide variety of body sites, and all common specimen types. There is an active FNA service based around ultrasound guidance. Each week there are two dedicated ultra-sound guided FNA lists in the Radiology Department and two endoscopic ultra-sound guided FNA lists in the Gastroenterology Department. A rapid on-site diagnostic clinic for head and neck ultrasound guided FNA has commenced recently at the Aintree site. The cytopathology department is committed to expanding the role of biomedical scientists and is supporting 2 senior staff members progress their training and portfolio.

Career Development & Further Opportunities Available

Firstly, there is the opportunity for IMGs new to the NHS to work with some of the most talented and experienced pathologists around the UK - with 25 +/- FRCPath and CCT consultants making up the bulk of a hugely experienced Cellular Pathology team. This will provide doctors with an excellent ground and senior support network around them to learn and develop in the NHS. Those looking to build their CESR portfolio will benefit from the specialty reporting system as it will allow them to rotate around the teams, learning from each specialist team whilst they gather their evidence for CESR.

Beyond this, there are plenty of opportunities for Research and Further Academia, with links major local universities and specialist research and dvelopment centres with approximately 40 tenured PIs who are leading internationally competitive programmes of research in the following disease areas of Pancreatic disease, Ocular cancers, Lung cancer, Haematological oncology, Head and neck cancer, Hepatobiliary cancer and Internationally competitive cross-cutting scientific themes include; Clinical trials, Biomarkers, DNA damage response pathways, Tumour microenvironment and Cell signalling.

Life in the City and North West

A wonderfully cosmopolitan North West city with rich history and tradition and a unique history as one of the most important cultural cities across the whole of the UK! Manchester and Liverpool are some of the focal points of the North West of England and offers a wide range of excellent amenities as well as very affordable housing market for such a large, major UK city. Schools, childcare, after school clubs are aplenty as well as a strong sporting background that offers much opportunity for an excellent family life in the city, whilst also supporting your child's development and passions in their new home. 

Beyond offering the city life you will have access to the wonderful natural attractions in the England and Wales, with Snowdonia not far away by train, as well as the Peak District and Lake District national parks. Connections to the rest of the UK are great, making your travel around the UK easy. There are two major airports within an hours drive from the city.

Eligibility for this vacancy:

To be eligible for this vacancy you will need the following: 

EEA candidates: 
  • Recognised European Medical Degree or Specialist Qualification in Anatomical Pathology
  • IELTS or OET
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
Non-EEA candidates: 
  • FRCPath Histopathology
  • IELTS or OET 
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
UK-based candidates: 
  • FRCPath Histopathology
  • Extensive experience and training in Gastrointestinal pathology
This is a great opportunity for any experienced GI Pathologist looking to specialise further in one of the highest performing and most technologically-advanced centres in the UK. Those interested in pursuing CESR will be considered and supported where possible to do this.
£82,096 - £110,863

An excellent opportunity for an experienced Cellular Pathology Consultant to join one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers. This is a perfect opportunity as the NHS Trust is entering an exciting new era in their journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class reputation. The NHS Trust will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 

Theh NHS Trust is one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers and the largest trust in the NHS. It was created on 1 April 2012 by bringing together three trusts. The new trust has a turnover of approximately £1.4billion and approximately 16,000 employees. The NHS Trust's hospitals deliver high quality clinical care to the people of east London and further afield. Around 2.5 million people living in east London look to their services to provide them with the healthcare they need.

The NHS Trust will build an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research and education. And as members of the largest academic health sciences system in the world, they will ensure that their patients are some of the first in the country to benefit from the latest drugs and treatments. Each year the NHS Trust recruits more than 20,000 patients into pioneering clinical trials.

The NHS Trust strive to live by their WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. They value their differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. They aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

The Department is sited at the state-of-the-art Pathology and Pharmacy building at the their main hospital. Satellite laboratories are based at another site and their last hospital covers frozen sections for cancer surgery and to support research activities. Cellular pathology services are provided along specialist lines with lead consultants and supporting consultants in each specialist area. 

The department provides a range of services across East London and Essex. A wide range of general and specialist histological material is seen including cardiothoracic, dermatopathology, gynaecological, breast, medical renal, lymphoreticular, genitourinary, paediatric and perinatal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, oral and head and neck. The department provides histology reporting for four busy Colposcopy Units. Monthly colposcopy MDMs  occur for each of these Units, with pathology support whether on-site or via video-microscopy.

The post holders will be expected to support the relevant specialty lead(s) and the Clinical Lead in the management of the cellular pathology service. The configuration of all the responsibilities will be reviewed from time to time and the post holders will be expected to work with consultant colleagues to provide a reliable and expeditious service, with scope for service development.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN LONDON? 

London is a buzzing metropolis and one of the urban centers of Europe, with London offering an incredibly diverse collection of mini-towns all in one large city. The hospitals associated with Barts Health are all mainly based in Central and East London. Central London's nightlife, art and cultural scene is fantastic, with endless things to do in a friendly, diverse and welcoming environment. Central London is not largely residential and it would be likely you would seek to locate yourself in East London, the 'cooler' part of London. East London is full of parks, reservoirs, canals, wildlife, sports centres and a strong grass roots sports community for adults and children. East London is the more popular part of London for many whilst also host to much of the more affordable housing. Schools are numerous and range from excellent state schools to high performing private or 'public' schools. You can find the OFSTED reports for schools in the are via their website here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/

With London being the jobs centre of the UK there will be ample job opportunities for spouses relocating with their partners. If you are unsure about your spouses job opportunities do feel free to speak with your IMG Connect consultant to discuss their case.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?

EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology
  • Subspecialty interest in breast and gynae pathology

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology
  • Subspecialty interest in breast and gynae pathology
  • FRCPath Histopathology
  • Aspirations for CESR

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Cellular Pathology
  • Within 6-12 months of CCT
  • Subspecialty interest in breast and gynae pathology
£82,096 - £110,863

An excellent opportunity for an experienced GI Pathology Consultant to join one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers. This is a perfect opportunity as the NHS Trust is entering an exciting new era in their journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class reputation. The NHS Trust will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 

Theh NHS Trust is one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers and the largest trust in the NHS. It was created on 1 April 2012 by bringing together three trusts. The new trust has a turnover of approximately £1.4billion and approximately 16,000 employees. The NHS Trust's hospitals deliver high quality clinical care to the people of east London and further afield. Around 2.5 million people living in east London look to their services to provide them with the healthcare they need.

The NHS Trust will build an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research and education. And as members of the largest academic health sciences system in the world, they will ensure that their patients are some of the first in the country to benefit from the latest drugs and treatments. Each year the NHS Trust recruits more than 20,000 patients into pioneering clinical trials.

The NHS Trust strive to live by their WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. They value their differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. They aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

The Department is sited at the state-of-the-art Pathology and Pharmacy building at the their main hospital. Satellite laboratories are based at another site and their last hospital covers frozen sections for cancer surgery and to support research activities. Cellular pathology services are provided along specialist lines with lead consultants and supporting consultants in each specialist area. 

The department provides a range of services across East London and Essex. A wide range of general and specialist histological material is seen including cardiothoracic, dermatopathology, gynaecological, breast, medical renal, lymphoreticular, genitourinary, paediatric and perinatal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, oral and head and neck. The department provides histology reporting for four busy Colposcopy Units. Monthly colposcopy MDMs  occur for each of these Units, with pathology support whether on-site or via video-microscopy.

The post holders will be expected to support the relevant specialty lead(s) and the Clinical Lead in the management of the cellular pathology service. The configuration of all the responsibilities will be reviewed from time to time and the post holders will be expected to work with consultant colleagues to provide a reliable and expeditious service, with scope for service development.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN LONDON? 
London is a buzzing metropolis and one of the urban centers of Europe, with London offering an incredibly diverse collection of mini-towns all in one large city. The hospitals associated with Barts Health are all mainly based in Central and East London. Central London's nightlife, art and cultural scene is fantastic, with endless things to do in a friendly, diverse and welcoming environment. Central London is not largely residential and it would be likely you would seek to locate yourself in East London, the 'cooler' part of London. East London is full of parks, reservoirs, canals, wildlife, sports centres and a strong grass roots sports community for adults and children. East London is the more popular part of London for many whilst also host to much of the more affordable housing. Schools are numerous and range from excellent state schools to high performing private or 'public' schools. You can find the OFSTED reports for schools in the are via their website here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/

With London being the jobs centre of the UK there will be ample job opportunities for spouses relocating with their partners. If you are unsure about your spouses job opportunities do feel free to speak with your IMG Connect consultant to discuss their case. 

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in GI Pathology
  • European Specialist Qualification in Anatomical Pathology
  • Experience in GI pathology

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in GI Pathology
  • FRCPath Histopathology

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in GI Pathology
  • Within 6-12 months of CCT
84,559 - 114,003

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.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 

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.

WHAT IS THE CELLULAR PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

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.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?

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.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

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.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?

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

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