How to prepare for FRCPath Part 1 with Dr Maria

  • June 26, 2022
 

Are you an overseas histopathologist looking to sit the FRCPath exams? 

Today we’re bringing you a guide on how to prepare for the FRCPath Histopathology Part 1 exam from Dr Maria, clinical fellow in cellular pathology in London. Maria passed the FRCPath Part 1 exam in March 2021 and is sharing her top tips for FRCPath aspirants, including study planning, revision materials and what you should know about the Part 1 exam. 

1. Create a plan and schedule for your study (this is most important!) 

I started studying around 3 months before the exam, spending 2-3 hours per day on weekdays and around 5-7 hours on study at the weekend. 

REMINDER: This all depends on how much you know already. You cannot focus constantly for hours, so you should schedule your studying time around the way that you know you work best. 

Leading up to the exam 

Try to keep at least 2 weeks free prior to the exam to re-revise problematic topics and genetics. 

The day before exam 

Be kind to yourself. Have a good meal, try to relax if you can and avoid stressing too much. Go to bed early and have a good, long sleep. 

2. Revision materials 

I had been revising using my old notes, where I studied from these books (the best for trainees in my opinion): 

Foundation in Diagnostic Pathology series

  • Dermatopathology 
  • Pulmonary Pathology 
  • Hematopathology 
  • Head and Neck Pathology 
  • Gynecologic Pathology 
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology 
  • Cell and Tissue Based Molecular Pathology 
  • Pulmonary Pathology 
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology 
  • Genitourinary Pathology 
  • Breast Pathology 
  • Neuropathology 
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology 

Diagnostic Pathology series

  • Diagnostic Pathology: Head and Neck 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Genitourinary 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Spleen 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Thoracic 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Neuropathology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Hepatobiliary and Pancreas 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Nonneoplastic Dermatopathology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Neoplastic Dermatopathology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Bone 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Breast 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Familial Cancer Syndromes 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Molecular Oncology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Infectious Diseases 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Gastrointestinal 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Kidney Diseases 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Placenta 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Gynaecological 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Transplant Pathology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Cardiovascular 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Intraoperative Consultation 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Cytopathology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Paediatric Neoplasms 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Endocrine 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Normal Histology 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Lymph Nodes and Extra-nodal Lymphomas 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Blood and Bone Marrow 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Vascular 
  • Diagnostic Pathology: Hospital Autopsy 

There are so many books, and it would be too expensive to purchase them all, so stick to what you've got in your department or can borrow from friends or colleagues. 

The Pathology Outlines website is also excellent for quick review and genetics! There are also MCQs. 

Some trainees study from the Robbins Pathology books, however, in my opinion, this book alone is not enough for the Part 1 exam. 

For the MCQs, I used the following resources: 

  • Practical Applications in Histopathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy: an MCQ/ EMQ Resource – Limci Gupta, Jayson Wang, Val Thomas 
  • Anatomic Pathology Board Review – Jay H. Lefkowitch 
  • Robbins Review of Pathology - Edward Klatt, Vinay Kumar 
  • Sternberg's Diagnostic Surgical Pathology Review – Pier Luigi Di Patre, Darryl Carter 
  • Various past papers I found within my network 

If you have access to old presentations from FRCPath Part 1 courses, I’d suggest having a look at them. It’s a good idea to use them to review and revise a topic, followed by some MCQs on that topic. 

TOPIC 

START DATE 

DURATION 

Breast 

27 October 2020 

6 days 

GIT 

2 November 

8 days 

Liver, GB, Pancreas 

10 November 

8 days 

Skin 

18 November 

6 days 

Endocrine System 

24 November 

7 days 

CNS 

1 December 

7 days 

Renal & Urinary 

8 December 

9 days 

Bone 

17 December 

5 days 

Soft Tissue 

22 December 

9 days 

CVS 

31 December  

5 days 

Thoracic Pathology (Lung & Mediastinum) 

5 January 2021 

7 days 

Lymph Node 

12 January 

7 days 

MGT 

19 January 

7 days 

FGT & Placenta 

26 January 

8 days 

Oral & Nasal 

3 February 

7 days 

Autopsy & Forensic 

10 February 

7 days 

General 

17 February 

7 days 

Cytopathology 

24 February 

5 days 

Clinical Governance 

1 March 

5 days 

Syndromes & Paediatric 

6 March 

5 days 

General Revision 

11 March onwards 

This is a guide to the revision schedule I used for my FRCPath preparation. I actually started studying in December, so I had less time to fit this all in, but I was able to revise faster to cover everything. 

3. FRCPath Part 1 Exam 

The questions in the FRCPath Part 1 exam are usually quite straightforward, so you either know the answer or you don't, nothing misleading or tricky. 

Some key topics you’ll need to know for the exam: 

  • Genetics and the mutation of tumours (and yes...you'll need to learn each tumour that has any typical mutation and its name) 
  • Immunohistochemistry of lesions 
  • Microscopic pictures (all the micro images I had in the test depicted typical morphology) 
  • Genetic syndromes, the mutations behind them and what lesions are most common 
  • Datasets - they are quite wordy, so focus only on pTN, and the stage of each organ system 
  • Audit 
  • Parts of a microscope 

There were some questions from general pathology (necrosis, inflammation, etc.), but I’d say most of the questions were from GI, breast, gynae, skin, soft tissue and kidney. 

However, you'll have at least a few questions from each of the other organ systems, so it's better to study everything rather than focus on the most common ones only. 

#IMG Tips 

  1. Prepare early – try to start your preparation early to give yourself enough time to cover all the relevant sections on the Royal College curriculum. 
  2. Find the right materials to support your study – it's good to use a combination of resources for your study to reinforce existing knowledge and benchmark your progress. Try to find the right materials for you as early as possible to hit the ground running with your revision. 
  3. Familiarise yourself with the Royal College curriculum – we cannot stress this enough! All countries have different training programmes, so being well versed in what the RCPath will be looking for is key. 
  4. Join the IMG Histopathologists community – as well as support on Royal College exams, our online community of international pathologists and dedicated pathology recruiters offers guidance on other aspects of working in the UK, including finding NHS posts and CESR. 

Getting started 

Attaining FRCPath Histopathology is a great first step for histopathologists wanting to find senior roles in the NHS. It can be difficult for overseas trainees to prepare for the first exam in the Royal College examination suite, but this quick guide from a successful FRCPath pathologist is a great start for pathologists pursuing the postgraduate route to GMC registration and finding work in the UK.

For more information on the FRCPath exams, take a look at our IMG Resources library.


If you have any further questions about FRCPath, your route to the UK as an overseas histopathologist, or any other aspect of GMC Registration, please get in touch with us here.  

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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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