Consultant Histopathologist

Exeter, Devon
£76,761 - £103,490
11 May 2018
28 May 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to appoint two substantive Consultant Cellular Pathologists. These are new posts, primarily to support the expanded NHS Breast Cancer Screening service and will include other negotiable specialist interests and a component of general reporting. The posts are fully job planned for 10 PAs (8.5 PAs Direct Clinical Care and 1.5 PAs for Supporting Professional Activities including appraisal, revalidation, audit and research).

The Trust is a designated Cancer Centre providing a comprehensive range of tertiary referral services. Candidates with additional speciality interests in Dermatopathology, Gynaecological and Lymphoreticular pathology would be desirable although, other speciality interests would also be welcomed.

The Histopathology department is progressive, friendly and supportive, currently comprising fifteen pathologists (15WTE). The pathologists support specialist Cancer Services & MDTs and have close working relationships with clinical teams. Partial subspecialisation has facilitated training in complex specialities and improved cover arrangements without affecting diagnostic variety. The department reports 33,313 histopathology requests, 46,000 cervical cytology requests and 3,400 non-gynaecological cytology requests. Workload is recorded by request complexity and RCPath Workload minutes are also being implemented.

The department is UKAS accredited and the laboratory fully staffed including two experienced Advanced Practitioners in Histopathology Specimen Dissection, who handle a range of benign and malignant specimens, including specimen opening and support the consultants during tissue banking. In addition, the department also has a BMS with the Advanced Specialist Diploma in both Gynaecological and Diagnostic cytology.

Exeter is a core site for Genomics England 100,000 Genomes Project and the Trust is actively promoting genomic medicine as a strategic objective for which Cellular pathology has an integral role. On site laboratories in conjunction with regional laboratories at Bristol provide an expanding repertoire of molecular genetic diagnostic services.

The department undertakes regional post-graduate Histopathology Training and is an established exam centre of the Royal Collage of Pathologists. The Trust has close links with the University of Exeter Medical School and the department actively takes part in undergraduate training. The medical school includes a new Research, Innovation, Learning & Development (RILD) building and hosts a Peninsula wide Research and Development Support Unit to facilitate NHS R&D. The department of Cellular Pathology supports a number of clinical trials which take place in the onsite NIHR clinical research facility. Candidates with an interest in academia would be welcomed.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust hosts an HTA licenced mortuary and is a regional forensic centre. The department undertook 550 Coronial autopsies last year and has facilities for high risk cases. The coronial workload attracts an above average tariff and candidates with an interest in autopsy pathology would be encouraged.

In our latest full CQC inspection, the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation trust received an overall rating of “good” and “outstanding” for Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trust wide. Cellular pathology is also member of a managed clinical/operational delivery network with five other NHS trusts within the South West Peninsula, developing sustainable, high quality diagnostic services across the region. The South West Peninsula network has developed a business case for a digital pathology network spanning the Peninsula and the trust is moving forwards with its plans to replace our current Laboratory Information System, which will revolutionise operational activity trust wide with particular benefits in pathology.

The vibrant Cathedral city of Exeter has theatres, pubs and cinemas, as well as a highly rated University (Russell Group), good Ofsted rated schools, independent schools and abundant family amenities. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside including Dartmoor and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links.

In submitting an application form you authorise the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process, should you be appointed to the post.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

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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 Border Agency 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 UK Border Agency website.

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