Consultant in Histopathology

Portsmouth, Hampshire
£76,761 to £103,490 pa
23 Apr 2018
20 May 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country. We provide a full range of services to more than 675,000 people across Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and West Sussex. Most services are provided at Queen Alexandra Hospital but we also offer a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities closer to patients’ homes. We handle around 142,000 Emergency Department admissions a year and have the busiest maternity department on the South Coast. The Trust employs around 6,480 staff and is the largest employer in Portsmouth.

The Trust’s vision is to be the best hospital, provide the best care by employing the best people and to ensure our patients are the centre of all that we do. If you share the same values as Portsmouth Hospitals; Respect & Dignity, Quality of Care, Working Together and Efficiency we want you to work for us.

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth is seeking one whole time Consultant Histopathologist to join our supportive existing team of 16 consultants. The Cellular Pathology department is situated within the new Pathology Centre at the hospital. This is a replacement post. The department operates partial specialist reporting, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop specialist interests that compliment those already existing within the department. Cytopathology and autopsy responsibilities are also available, but are not essential. New departmental management is in place, and there is vast experience and support at hand.

The department:

The Portsmouth Pathology Service is one of the largest district general hospital laboratories in the country. It provides a comprehensive diagnostic service to the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (1000 beds) and to the three local clinical care groups. The Trust is in the top 10 of recruiters to clinical trials in the UK. 

The Cellular Pathology Laboratory is situated in a state-of-the-art purpose built Pathology Centre on site at the Queen Alexandra Hospital. 

The current annual workload is approximately 39,000 histology specimens, 50,000 gynaecological cytology specimens, 2500 non-gynaecological cytology specimens and approximately 1200 post mortem examinations. 

The new departmental management team has a keenness to develop the service. 

The majority of specimen dissection is performed by biomedical scientists and a clinical scientist, and further to this we support them entering the specialist dissection programme. 

We are moving towards a point system for allocation of consultant workload. 

You will have your own office. 

The laboratory has full CPA accreditation.


To be eligible for the post, you must have General Medical Council (GMC) registration, be on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC, and have Fellowship of the Royal College Pathologists or have completed a period of education and training in Histopathology recognised by the GMC.

We can provide financial assistance if you need to move your main domestic residence as a result of your appointment. Flexible working will be considered so you can balance personal interests, family life and work more effectively. Full time and part time applications are welcome. Encouragement and support will be given to develop specialist interests. We will support your professional development via internal courses including Trust Leadership and Management programmes.

Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

Portsmouth is a densely populated waterfront city in the South of England. The city has continental ferry links to Europe and is 90 minutes by train from London. The South Downs National Park is 15 minutes from the City. Portsmouth is the home to the Americas Cup sailing team and the city hosts many national and local festivals during the summer.

To discuss the role in more detail or to arrange a visit, please contact the Clinical Lead Dr Lindsay Bergin on 023 9228 6000 ext. 1296.

Closing Date: Sunday 20th May 2018

Interview Date: Tuesday 12th June 2018.

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