Consultant Histopathologist

Worcester, Worcestershire
19 Feb 2018
18 Mar 2018
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Our trust manages three hospitals in Worcestershire: the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch; Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital. We also manage a surgery ward at Evesham Community Hospital.

We provide acute services to a population of over 500,000 and our staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care.

Our vision is about taking pride in our healthcare services, and our 4WARD values are important in our everyday work.

Proposals to improve local health services in Worcestershire have recently been approved.

The three Governing Bodies of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest – who are responsible for buying healthcare services for Worcestershire residents – made the decision to support a clinical model which will bring stability and certainty to the local acute hospital service.

The model, which has taken over five years’ to develop, will see the:

  • Centralisation of emergency surgery to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with skilled staff which will improve outcomes and patient experience

  • Creation of centres of excellence for planned surgery at the Alexandra Hospital

  • Retention of emergency and urgent care services at the Alexandra Hospital

  • Centralisation of inpatient care for children at Worcestershire Royal Hospital with the majority of children’s care remaining local

  • Centralisation of births at Worcestershire Royal Hospital with ante-natal and post-natal care remaining local

  • Day-case and short-stay surgery increased at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.

In addition they made a number of recommendations on future staffing levels, transport, maternity services and the quality of services.

The decision follows an extensive consultation process.

For further information visit the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire website.

We are committed to making changes that ensure all of our hospitals thrive, and it’s an exciting time for you to join us.



Applications are invited for this new post at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust.

This is an exciting time to join the department which has ISO 15189 and HTA accreditation, is introducing voice recognition and extended BMS role in specimen dissection.

In 2017 the department had a workload of over 36,000 histology and approx 5,000 diagnostic cytology requests. The current consultant team consists of 8 consultants 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 departmental staffing comprises 1 head BMS, 27.68 BMSs and MLAs and 5.73 APTs.

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 mortems.

Applicants must hold full and specialist GMC registration with a Licence to Practice and have entry on Specialist Register in Histopathology (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date). Applicants must also hold the FRCPath (or show evidence of equivalency). Flexible working patterns can be accommodated.

Worcestershire is a beautiful largely rural county, lying between the Cotswolds, Welsh Borders and Birmingham, close to the major motorway networks of the M42, M5 and M6, with a thriving hub and stunning recreational facilities, an expanse of new housing developments and top rated schools. There are four main towns, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester and four further substantial market towns of Malvern, Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich Spa.

The City of Worcester, with its cathedral and world famous county cricket ground, is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with easy access to the countryside and Malvern Hills. It is an excellent location to live and work and was voted the 8th happiest place to live in 2013.

Informal visits to the department are encouraged. For an informal discussion or to arrange an informal visit please contact the following: Dr Chris Allen, Consultant Histopathologist (Countywide Laboratory Director / Clinical Lead) on 01905 733471,

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Important information about your application

  • You must fulfil all of the essential criteria in the person specification
  • References from current and previous employers must cover at least three years
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • All correspondence will be sent through NHS Jobs, so please check NHS jobs and your email account regularly
  • If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion
  • By accepting a position within our Trust you agree that the Occupational Health Department can access your occupational health records from your current or previous employer in order to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. This is an automated process and the information will only be used for these purposes prior to your taking up the position with us.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is an equal opportunities employer and supports flexible working. We offer excellent learning and development opportunities, career progression, and are part of the NHS pension scheme. All of our sites are completely smokefree.

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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