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