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Consultant Histopathologist


Main area
10 sessions per week (Full Time - 10 PA's)
Job ref
Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum pro rata
01/02/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Applications for this substantive post will only be accepted if you are in the process of obtaining your CCT/CSER within six months of interview

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) invites applications for a Consultant Histopathologist (general) based at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster.

This is a replacement post and would complete a team of 7 Consultant Histopathologists and one Associate Specialist providing histopathology, cytology and autopsy services for Morecambe Bay Hospitals and surrounding general practices. The department is warm, friendly, open and supportive and has a professional and friendly working relationship with clinicians through the MDT’s.

The post is available full time, 10PA's up to a maximum of 12PA's, or part time.

The department has two slots on the North West histopathology training rotation and is popular amongst trainees.

The posts are based in the centralised histopathology laboratory at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster. The trust serves all the specialties expected within a busy district general hospital and in addition provides bowel and breast screening services for North Lancashire and South Cumbria. An interest in bowel pathology would be a particular advantage but is not essential.

All pathologists participate in a general reporting rota but have areas of specialist interest and lead for one or more cancer groups. It would, however, be possible to accommodate a successful applicant who felt unable to report in certain specialties. Cervical cytology reporting is not required. Participation in the autopsy service is welcomed but not essential.

The trust has close ties with Lancaster University, and its recently opened medical school, offering the appointee the opportunity to be involved in medical student teaching and research

Much of the Morecambe Bay area lies within areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Lake District National Park, allowing a good life work balance. Housing costs are reasonable and local schools excellent. There are good road and rail communications, it being only two and half hours by train to London or Edinburgh and only one hour to Manchester.

You should hold the FRC Path or equivalent and be on the Specialist register or within 6 months of obtaining CCT at the time of interview.

A generous relocation package is available for successful applicants and enhanced rates of pay are available for additional work undertaken beyond contracted hours.

Interview expenses will be paid from point of entry to the UK

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • FRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Full and specialist registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview
Desirable criteria
  • MD or PhD in Medical Microbiology


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in relevant specialty
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of relevant specialty
  • Broad range of IT skills
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical, scientific, technical and managerial colleagues
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and undertake appropriate administrative responsibilities
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • The ability to relate to, motivate and teach students
  • A demonstrable record of research in medical Microbiology
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching in Higher Education (undergraduate or postgraduate)
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Matthew Brown, Histopathology Clinical Lead:

Email: matthew.brown@mbht.nhs.uk

Tel: 01524 512246