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Consultant Cellular Pathologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum, inc London Weighting
Closing date
17 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Histopathology, Pathology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a 6-month fixed-term Consultant post to cover a long-term sick leave. The remit of the post holders will be to work within the Cellular Pathology team providing and developing the areas of Gastrointestinal pathology and Cytopathology. Interest in other sub-specialities can be considered (candidates is encouraged to discuss this before applying).

This post will require the post holder to play an active role in the integration and development of the diagnostic repertoires and quality of the department whilst having a significant commitment to the research and training of junior staff.

Any applicant who is unable for personal reasons, to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with consultant colleagues.

You must be fully registered with the GMC and hold a Licence to Practice and be on the Specialist Register, or within six months of attaining your CCT or equivalent to be eligible for interview.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable adults and/.or children (0-18 years) therefore 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Main duties of the job

The post will be based at the Trust's Denmark Hill site and the proposed Job Plan is attached. There will be 8.5 Programmed Activities of Direct Clinical Care, with the remainder being allocated for Supporting Professional and/or other Activities.

All employees are expected to undertake work on any of the Trusts sites as required by the service. As a senior employee of the Trust you will work in close co-operation with, and support other clinical, medical professional and managerial colleagues in providing high quality healthcare to the Trust's patients. Integral to these responsibilities is the following: -

  • The provision of a first class clinical service
  • Effective leadership to all staff engaged in the speciality
  • Sustaining and developing teaching and research in conjunction with King's College London / KHP
  • Undertaking all work in accordance with the Trust's procedures and operating policies
  • Conducting clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trust's service plans
  • Maintaining the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the speciality, the Division or the Trust

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c£1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King's College Hospital (KCH) in Denmark Hill, the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley, Orpington Hospital and services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and the Beckenham Beacon.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities


  1. Together with the other members of consultant staff, to develop and provide a service for gastrointestinal pathology, molecular pathology, and one further specialty. This includes all aspects of provision and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the department especially participating in disease specific discussions within the MDT Meetings.
  2. Responsible also for covering colleagues periods of annual leave and short-term sickness.
  3. Provide clinical supervision of junior medical staff as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  4. Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.
  5. Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the Divisional management team.
  6. Contribute to departmental research interests in accordance with the Trusts R&D framework.
  7. Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, clinical governance programs and learning from Deaths.
  8. Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the departments/ Divisions Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.
  9. Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).
  10. Exercise professional leadership for all staff working in the specialty. This will include fostering and developing projects focused towards these ends and ensuring that the momentum of post-qualification professional education and other appropriate training is maintained.
  11. Work in conjunction with clinical and other professional colleagues to ensure that the productivity of staff within the specialty is maintained and their job satisfaction is enhanced. This may include involvement in the appraisal process for peers and/or junior colleagues.
  12. Undertake Divisional management duties as agreed with the Divisional/departmental Manager/Clinical Director.
  13. Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.
  14. Prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence-based practice and maintaining patient safety.




  1. You have a general duty of care for the health, safety and well-being of yourself, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance responsibilities associated with this post.
  2. You are required to observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations, including complying with statutory and Trust core training.
  3. You are required to observe and maintain strict confidentiality of personal information relating to patients and staff.
  4. You are required to be responsible, with management support, for your own personal development and to actively contribute to the development of colleagues.
  5. The post-holder has an important responsibility for, and contribution to make to, infection control and must be familiar with the infection control and hygiene requirements of this role. These requirements are set out in the National Code of Practice on Infection Control and in local policies and procedures, which will be made clear during your induction and subsequent refresher training. These standards must be strictly complied with at all times.
  6. All employees must hold an '' email account, which will be the Trust's formal route for email communication. You are therefore required to check this regularly and to deal with such communication promptly.

This job description is intended as a guide to the general scope of duties and is not intended to be definitive or restrictive. It is expected that some of the duties will change over time and this description will be subject to review in consultation with the post-holder

Person Specification

  • Registerable medical qualification.
  • FRCPath or show evidence of equivalent qualification.
  • Full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or eligible for registration within 6 months of interview).
  • Applicants that are UK trained, must ALSO be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview
  • Applicants that are non-UK trained, will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT


  • Other higher degree or diploma (e.g., MD, PhD).

Training and Experience

  • Wide experience in all aspects of histopathology, culminating in award of CCT or equivalent.
  • Specialist training in Histopathology

Management and Leadership

  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams.


  • Management course and/or qualification.


  • Experience in day to day organisation of histopathology services.


  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes.


  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit. Must have undertaken and completed audit projects.

Research and Publications

  • Experience of clinical research.


  • Relevant research experience in one or more aspects of Histopathology.
  • Publication of relevant review articles and/or case reports.

Personal Skills & Professional attributes

  • Effective communicator, able to work in a close-knit team and co-operate with all medical and paramedical staff.
  • Flexible, able to cover colleagues' absence.
  • Professional attitude towards work and reliable.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to uphold Kings Values.


  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills.


  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.


  • Teaching skills course/qualification.

BMJRef: BMJ-76426/213-DH-3363-A


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