West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Histopathologist

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
£76,761 to £103,490 pa
16 Feb 2018
20 Mar 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

About West Suffolk Hospital & Community Services

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) provides hospital and community health care services to the population of west Suffolk and is an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge. We serve a predominantly rural geographical area of roughly 600 square miles with a population of around 280,000.

In addition to the main hospital, we employ staff in a number of community-based locations across Suffolk. Working collaboratively with community services enables us to assist with reducing pressure across the NHS system and provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

We work hard to make West Suffolk Hospital and our community services a great place to work. A high performing Trust, our most recent CQC results gave us an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ – the highest possible rating. We are very proud to be one of a very few acute trusts in the country, and currently the only one in the east of England, to hold this accolade

We regularly receive positive feedback in NHS staff surveys in a range of key areas, consistently scoring in the top 20% of Trusts nationally against seven criteria:

  • recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive treatment

  • satisfaction with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver

  • agreeing their role makes a difference to patients

  • feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation

  • satisfaction with the level of responsibility and involvement they are given

  • satisfaction with resourcing and support

feeling the organisation takes and interest in and action on health and wellbeing.

When applying for jobs, please ensure you read the advert carefully to identify whether the job you wish to apply for is based at the main hospital or at one of our community locations.

Come and join us and be part of, what we think, is the best hospital in the east of England.

Applications are invited for this replacement substantive post based at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. Last year we reported over 18,911 surgical pathology specimens, 892 non-gynaecological cytology specimens and 347 Coronial Autopsies.

The laboratory has full CPA accreditation and is currently awaiting a decision from UKAS to grant approval to fully transition from CPA to UKAS. There is an interesting range of work in cellular pathology including a high proportion of breast, skin, urological, and gastrointestinal specimens, together with gynaecological, pulmonary, & head & neck specimens. There is no direct requirement to report gynaecological cytology specimens as there is an off-site screening laboratory in Newmarket dealing with liquid based cytology.

Our laboratory is a partner of the North East Essex and Suffolk Pathology Services (NEESPS). We have close working relationships with Addenbrooke’s Hospital Histopathology Department in Cambridge. We are looking for a colleague with the ability to report a wide range of general histopathological and cytological material. In addition, the applicant should be prepared to develop special interests and lead at least one of the relevant cancer multidisciplinary team meetings that occur on a weekly basis.

We pride ourselves on being an innovative department with very good working relationships with our surgical and medical colleagues. We utilise voice recognition systems for cellular pathology reporting and have the use of digital imaging in the cut up room. Another interesting aspect of the work in this department relates to the teaching of clinical students on the Cambridge Graduate Medical Course which was established in 2001. A new Education Centre was opened in 2003.

We were able to demonstrate to monitor excellent performance in delivering quality services and ensuring patients’ safety, good financial management and sound plans for the future. We were authorised as a Foundation Trust (FT) from 1 December 2011. West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust manages West Suffolk Hospital, a busy and popular hospital, serving a population of 280,000. West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) is celebrating a top start to 2018 after receiving the highest rating, ‘outstanding’, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – one of just seven general hospitals in England, and the only one in the Midlands and East region, to hold the accolade.

West Suffolk Hospital has been shortlisted for 5 consecutive years, including this year, for the Quality of Care award by independent healthcare intelligence company CHKS Ltd, having been “top hospital” in 2011/12.

Bury St Edmunds is a pleasant market town situated in the attractive countryside of Suffolk. There are very good road and rail links to Cambridge and London; and the attractive east coast resorts are easily reached. In addition, Stansted airport is very accessible. There are high-quality schools in the private and public sector and the cost of housing is relatively modest.

Candidates must be either on the GMC Specialist Register, or be within 6 months of receiving their CCT in Histopathology at the time of interview. Essential qualifications for this post include FRCPath or equivalent.

If you wish to discuss this position further please phone Dr Lilani Ranasinghe, Lead Histopathologist on 01284 713736, or Dr Karl Love (Histopathology Speciality Clinical Lead) on 01284 712768.

Closing Date: 20th March 2018
Interview Date: 03rd May 2018

We will endeavour to notify you on the progress of your application. Please note that this could be via email or post; therefore you should ensure you regularly check your email account for new messages.

We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options. 

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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