Consultant Histopathologist

Worcester, Worcestershire
£76,761 - £103,490
20 Apr 2017
04 May 2017
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for this replacement post at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust due to retirement of a senior consultant. Cellular Pathology currently operates on two sites, Worcester Royal Hospital and Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, as part of a single countywide Pathology Directorate.

In 2015 the department had a workload of over 36000 histology and 5,792 diagnostic cytology requests. The current consultant team consists of 7 consultants (6.9 wte) and one locum consultant. The Royal College of Pathologists guidelines for staffing and workload are being implemented for workload management within the department among consultant histopathologists. The department achieved full CPA accreditation at the most recent inspection and is in the process of transition to ISO accreditation.

The mortuaries on both sites have HTA accreditation. The departmental staffing comprises 1 head BMS, 15 wte BMSs, 14wte MLAs and 5 APTs.

Following centralisation of technical services, all of the tissue processing, section cutting and staining (including immunocytochemistry and special stains) are performed at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A consultant presence is retained at the Alexandra Hospital with laboratory and secretarial support for reporting, large specimen cut up and intraoperative diagnostic services. The plans for building consultant offices for complete centralisation of the Histopathology service at Worcester is in progress; however for the moment, there is flexibility regarding which site the successful candidates would be based at.

The diagnostic work includes a high proportion of specimens from the breast, skin, urology, and gastrointestinal tract together with gynaecological, pulmonary and head & neck specimens. There is no requirement to report gynaecological cytology specimens.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust comprises three hospitals located in Worcester, Redditch and Kidderminster serving a population of 560,000. The Trust provides the majority of hospital specialities for the population of Worcestershire, including breast, urology, colorectal, head and neck, gynaecology and orthopaedics. It is a breast and colorectal cancer screening unit. A new and modern oncology treatment centre opened in spring 2015.

The successful candidate will participate in the provision of a general histopathology and diagnostic cytopathology service. The department operates a lead pathologist model for cancer MDT meetings without any subspecialisation; however, personal interests can be accommodated. There is the opportunity to participate in consultant led FNAC, Mohs surgery and coronial post-mortem examinations, which are likely to be centralised at the Worcester site in the near future.

Applicants must hold full and specialist GMC registration with a Licence to Practise. Newly qualified UK applicants should also be Holders of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview. Applicants must also hold the FRCPath (or show evidence of equivalency). Flexible working patterns can be accommodated and further discussed.

Worcestershire is a largely rural county, providing easy access to the Cotswolds, Birmingham and London. The house prices are competitive compared to the national average and the region boasts top rated primary and secondary schools that will provide excellent quality of life in this beautiful area of the West Midlands.

For an informal discussion or to arrange an informal visit please contact the following individuals:

Dr Reza Vaziri, Consultant Histopathologist (Countywide Laboratory Director/Clinical Lead) on 01905 733998,

Dr Terry Jones, Consultant Histopathologist (Clinical Director, Pathology) on 01905 760199,

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Advert close: 4th May 2017

Interview date: 1st June 2017