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Pathology is the vast medical specialty bridging medicine & science

It is currently an area of national shortage in the NHS with excellent opportunities for senior pathologists offering career progression, competitive salaries, access to specialty training, CESR and CCT

Requirements for an overseas candidate to work in pathology in the UK?

Requirements may differ slightly depending on what specialty you are actually applying for.

  • IELTS or OET & GMC registration would be needed for all specialties within pathology.
  • FRCPath is desirable for histopathology. However, there are opportunities available for those with PLAB and good postgraduate experience in Pathology.
  • MRCP and FRCPath are desirable qualifications for haemotology and microbiology & virology.
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC registration and IELTS or OET 

IMG Library Find out more about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, FRCPath for haematology, histopathology and medical microbiology. Read here to understand a Pathologist's Route to the UK.

What should I know about pathology in the UK? 

Whilst the Royal College of Pathologists recognises up to 17 areas of further specialization, pathology in the NHS can be broken down into the following main specialties: 

  • Chemical pathology (increasingly known as clinical biochemistry)
  • Histopathology 
  • Haematology
  • Medical microbiology and virology

Chemical pathology and histopathology can apply for run-through training posts on completion of the foundation programme.

Haemotology specialty training is uncoupled and you can enter via core medical training (CMT), acute common care stem (ACCS) or via level one paediatrics training.

Medical microbiology and virology also has an uncoupled specialty training and you can enter via core medical training or ACCS. With medical microbiology and virology there is an opportunity to dual train in infectious disease.

What can you expect to do as part of a typical working week in the NHS?

Roles in pathology differ from typical hospital roles in that they are mostly non-patient facing and job plans can be demanding yet flexible, as a consultant you can take work home with you.

You can expect to work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside a wide range of specialties, including oncology, radiology and other planned care medical specialties. 
Clinics, on-calls and other planned activities (such as GP liaisons or post-mortems) are very much specific to the area of pathology chosen. 

Most of your work will be laboratory based and doctors must be comfortable with minimized patient contact when compared to other medical specialties.

Did you know? According to Health Trust Europe, seventy percent of all diagnoses in hospitals are supported by a pathologist, and pathology services are essential to the delivery of many of the NHS’s priorities and targets. Such is its importance, it was estimated that one billion tests were run in pathology labs in 2018 alone, at a cost of £2.2 billion.


£79,000 to £108,000

A well-run and state of the art trust in the East Midlands are actively seeking a consultant haematologist to join an existing team of 8 consultants.

This is a replacement for a consultant with an interest in Multiple Myeloma (Myeloma lead for RDH), though candidates with other areas of interest may be considered taking into account the service needs and job plans. The Haematology department currently provides care up to Level 2b (BCSH 2010), with plans for a shared care arrangement, repatriating autologous stem cell transplant patients at day +1, to be implemented in the near future.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the myeloma autologous stem cell program and is a  full time post, however any candidates who wish to work less than full time will be considered and supported. 

Requirements for this position are:

  • MRCP or equivalent
  • FRCPath in Haematology
  • IETLS or OET

Haematologists with senior experience practicing at consultant level are invited to apply. International candidates with experience at consultant level and FRCPath can be considered for locum consultant roles. 

£78,000 - £106,000

Haematology consultants or equivalent with aspirations to attain Specialist Registration via CESR or CCT are welcome to apply.

The trust are seeking an experienced general haematologist with a particular interest in myeloma and haemato-oncology, however other interests can be considered. 

Working for a foundation trust in the East of England offering a significant amount of teaching and training opportunities there is the opportunity for delivering teaching and training to students.

Working with a small team of Consultants and in conjunction with a larger team at the neighbouring trust, this is a great opportunity to join a friendly and welcoming experienced haematology team.

Requirements for this position are:

  • FRCPath in Haematology or Equivalent
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • IELTS or OET
  • Extensive experience in Haematology 

*Senior candidates without FRCPath or MRCP with PLAB can be considered.

This is a great opportunity for haematology specialists looking to attain CESR or CCT in the NHS and work as consultants. Apply today!

£79,000 to £109,000

Histopathologists with aspirations to work as a consultant in the NHS, via either CESR or CCT, are invited to apply.

The workload covers the broad range of material expected and includes non-gynaecological cytology. The Consultant will be encouraged to develop an interest and lead one of the speciality MDTs.

Requirements for this position are:

  • FRCPath in Histopathology
  • PLAB candidates can be considered for less senior roles
  • IELTS or OET
  • Extensive experience in Histopathology

Those with FRCPath in Histopathology looking to attain CESR will find this is the perfect role for them.

£60,000 to £107,000

Opportunity for Specialist Registration via CESR in Haematology for experienced overseas doctors.

A trust in the South West of England are looking for an experienced Haematologist to join on a permanent or fixed-term contract.

Requiremets are:

  • MRCP(UK) or FRCPath
  • IELT or OET
  • Extensive experience in Haematology 

Overseas haematologists are advised to apply today for consultant opportunities in the NHS via an established CESR programme.

Contracts can be offered for Specialty Doctors within 2 years of attaining CESR in Haematology.

£79,860 - £107,668

Senior Histopathologists eligible for Specialist Registration via CESR are invited to apply for a Histopathology Consultant position in the North West of England.

Located in the heart of the North West, this is a great opportunity for senior histopathologists looking for a new challenge or to start their career in the NHS.

Requirements for this position are:

  • FRCPath in Histopathology
  • CESR or CCT, or within six months of attaining
  • IELTS or OET for international candidates

Senior histopathologists new to the NHS who are unsure of their eligibility should contact the IMG Connect team to discuss further.

£75,000 to £107,000

A leading hospital Trust in the East of England are looking for FRCPath or Equivalent doctors at senior grade in Haematology.

Offering CESR support and Consultant posts to doctors with sufficient experience, requiremetns are the following:

  • FRCPath or Equivalent in Haematology
  • MRCP (UK)
  • Significant and senior experience in Haematology

This is a fantatic opportunity for any consultants or senior haematology form overseas looking to build their career in the NHS.

One of London’s largest integrated NHS Trusts has an exciting opportunity for a Consultant Histopathologist to join on a full time, permanent contract.

The trust houses a large postgraduate education department across all sites within the trust, overseeing the training of approximately 500 doctors. As such, the post holder will be encouraged to participate in the teaching and development of junior doctors, whilst being expected to participate in audit and quality assurance.

The postholder would join a department of 11 other full-time consultants whilst no-call is expected.

Requirements for this post:

  • FRCPath in Histopathology
  • Equivalence to UK CCT
  • IELTS or OET
  • GMC Registration

This is an excellent post for a consultant histopathologist looking to relocate to the one of UK’s most vibrant and diverse cities, joining a friendly and innovative pathology division.

An exciting opportunity to join a large dynamic laboratory, that is the centre for neuropathology and upper GI surgery, handling over 40,000 histology specimens a year. 

The trust will offer active CPD and opportunities for further study – the department is committed to developing their staff. 

Requirements for this post:

  • PLAB (FRCPath is desirable but not essential)
  • IELTS or OET
  • GMC Registration
Applicants should have a minimum of 4 years’ postgraduate experience, with evidence of appropriate training in Histopathology. 

*EEA applicants require IELTS and GMC Registration

An exciting opportunity to join a large service comprising histopathology, andrology and autopsies. There is also the opportunity for CPD and to join sub-specialist teams, complementing the needs of the current team. 

The Trust is set in a beautiful countryside location, with excellent schools and close proximity to airports. 

Requirements for this post:

  • PLAB 
  • Passes in some FRCPath (desirable but not essential)
  • IELTS or OET
  • GMC Registration

Applicants should have a minimum of 4 years’ postgraduate experience, with evidence of broad experience in histopathology/cytology.

*EEA applicants require IELTS and GMC Registration

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