UK Training Pathway for Histopathologists

  • June 28, 2022
 

The NHS offers an extensive training scheme and career development for histopathologists, and the quality and depth of this programme is recognised as a gold standard across the medical community. 

The training provided to UK histopathology trainees is regularly reviewed and updated, in keeping with advances and progression in the landscape of pathology around the world and across the profession. This makes the training programme attractive to UK graduates, as well as overseas histopathologists seeking the best training programmes for their field. 

In this article, we will explore the training pathway for histopathologists in the UK, covering the following topics: 

The NHS Training Pathway 

The NHS training pathway is the name given to the complete programme undertaken by UK trainees, from medical school to the completion of specialist training within I.e. within histopathology. 

It is important for IMGs to understand this as it helps to provide an understanding of at what stage they can most likely enter the system if they are interested in training in the UK. 

Entering the NHS Training Pathway 

After graduating from medical school, doctors with receive provisional registration from the GMC which allows them to enter the Foundation programme (a two-year work-based training programme). 

Upon completion of the first year (FY1), doctors will gain full registration with the GMC and will be able to apply for further study and training in a specialised area I.e. histopathology – this is known as Specialty Training (ST). 

Specialty Training in Histopathology 

The Specialty Training programme in Histopathology is 5 years long, and whilst doctors may pass through training quicker depending on how quickly they achieve their competencies, this is rarely the case and histopathologist will usually take the indicated time, or slightly longer to complete the Specialty Training programme. 

Successful applicants entering into year one of specialty training (ST1), will follow the Royal College of Pathologist’s 2021 Histopathology Curriculum, which sets the expected syllabus as well as required assessments and workload case numbers.  

Histopathology training as a run-through programme 

Unlike some specialisms where you complete a period of core training before entering into specialty training (requiring two applications), histopathology specialty training works as a run-through programme. You only have to apply once, at the beginning of the programme, as you are recruited for the full duration of Specialty Training. 

Foundation Training (FY1 – FY2) 

The foundation programme usually involves six different rotations or placements in medical or surgical specialties. These rotations enable trainees to practise and gain competence in basic clinical skills. 

Specialty Training (ST1 – ST5+) 

ST1)

Year one trainees enter the training programme. In this first stage, trainees will initially develop knowledge of laboratory work, with basic training in all areas of cellular pathology. 

Training starts with a 1-2 week induction from the training school. This includes some time in the lab seeing how specimens are prepared and processed. Trainees are taught how to use a microscope, how to approach simple cases under the microscope and the principles of macroscopic assessment and sampling (AKA ‘cut up’). Many training schools do a separate autopsy induction. 

When not at block teaching weeks, trainees are rotating through the various specialities in histopathology. 

ST2 – ST3

This part of training takes place from year 2 to year 3, with the focus on achieving the FRCPath Part 1 Exam. This will normally be taken after 18 – 24 months of training. 

Trainees will consolidate and develop their knowledge base from ST1. Year two trainees are given more independence and are expected to be able to cut up most specimens by the end of this stage.  

In many deaneries, this is the time when trainees complete rotations in sub specialities including paediatric pathology, neuropathology and oral pathology. Trainees may rotate to placements in local district general hospitals to gain valuable experience in managing a general histopathology workload. 

Autopsy and cervical cytology training continue as mandatory elements of ST2-ST3. Some trainees choose not to continue these specialities when they have completed this stage. 

The FRCPath Part 1 exam aims to determine whether you have successfully acquired a core body of knowledge that will underpin your ability to practise in Histopathology. 

For more information of the first exam in the Royal College of Pathologists examination suite, take a look at our IMG Resources library here

Please note, trainees must pass the FRCPath Part 1 examination at the end of ST3 in order to progress to ST4. 

Selection 

Here, trainees will either choose to continue with general histopathology or peruse subspecialisation in neuropathology, paediatric/perinatal pathology, cytopathology or forensic pathology.

ST3 – ST4

This training takes place from years 3 – 4, where trainees will either continue with general histopathology or peruse subspecialisation in neuropathology, paediatric/perinatal pathology, cytopathology or forensic pathology. Trainees are expected to be competent in the macroscopic and microscopic assessment of all specimens, and will also receive training in leadership, management and teaching in preparation for their future roles as consultants. 

The focus during this stage is also on achieving the FRCPath Part 2 Exam, thereby obtaining the status of Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. 

This final exam is designed to test your practical skills and understanding, and show that you can apply your expertise appropriately and safely. 

Trainees who wish to continue in general histopathology may opt to sit further exams in cervical cytopathology and autopsy practice if they wish to continue these as a consultant. 

To learn more about the final exam in the in FRCPath examination suite, read our detailed blog here

Please note, trainees must pass the FRCPath Part 2 examination at the end of ST4 in order to progress to ST5. 

ST5+

This is the final stage of training before CCT during which histopathology trainees may wish to peruse special interests in particular subspecialties, such as gastrointestinal, skin or gynaecological pathology. Having passed the FRCPath Part 2 exam, trainees will continue to take on responsibility to enable the transition to independent practice required of those with CCT, i.e. signing out reports without consultant review. 

Completion of the Histopathology Specialty Training Programme 

Upon completion of the training programme, the choice is made as to whether the trainee will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Histopathology. This will be based on criteria set out in the curriculum by the Royal College. You can find the 2021 curriculum here

At this point, the histopathologists are entered onto the specialist register and can now take permanent consultant posts in the NHS. 

Specialist Registration for overseas doctors 

Doctors who completed part or all of their histopathology training outside of the UK are eligible for specialist registration through the CESR or CESR-CP pathways. To learn more about specialist registration for overseas doctors, read our blog here

Joining the Histopathology Specialty Training Programme as an IMG 

It is possible for overseas doctors to join the Specialty Training programme in Histopathology in the UK, however it is very competitive.  

IMGs interested in UK specialty training must have: 

  • Full GMC registration  
    • Completion of a minimum 12-month (FY1 equivalent) internship 
    • English language test 
    • PLAB 

AND 

  • 12 months post-internship experience by the time you begin ST1 

Although UK trainees are not given priority for specialty training places, it can be very difficult to join the Specialty Training programme without NHS experience. 


So here you have it, the NHS Specialty Training pathway for trainees in a nutshell. This training scheme is the core of training for histopathologists in the UK, and for IMGs looking to join the training programme, understanding of the pathway allows you to better align your overseas training with the relevant stage you would enter into Specialty Training in the UK. 

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

We'd also like to invite you to join the IMG Histopathologists online community - as well as support on Royal College exams, our Facebook group of international pathologists and dedicated pathology recruiters offers guidance on other aspects of working in the UK, including finding NHS posts and CESR. 

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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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