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Specialty Trainee (ST3)

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,017 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jan 2023
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Job Details

An opportunity has arisen to join the Histology team at King's College Hospital, covering a maternity absence up to end of June (approx. 6 months).

This post is part time (3 days per week - to be agreed). There are many training opportunities fully supported by the Consultants. We hold teaching slide collections within the department for further training activities.

Main duties of the job

You will contribute to the provision of a routine comprehensive diagnostic Cellular Pathology service and undertake a range of duties under the supervision of the relevant Histopathology Consultants.

There will be opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of a wide range of histology and cytology specimens. Opportunities to do autopsies exist if interested.

Further duties include preparing for and attending multi-disciplinary team meetings.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London.

The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

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

You will partake in all activities within the department under the guidance and supervision of the Consultants.

You will work in areas covering Histopathology, Cytology and Autopsies.

Please see Job Description and Person Specifications for the full details of the role.

Person Specification

  • Previous experience relevant to the specialty
  • Clinical governance / audit experience
  • Experience in making clinical decisions and managing risks
  • Applicant knowledge is up to date and is fit to practice safely
  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of appointment
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists or equivalent qualification


  • Practical skills in relation to the specialty
  • Clear communication skills
  • Organisation and planning
  • Empathy and sensitivity


  • Understanding of Information Governance and Confidentiality
  • Understanding of equality and diversity issues and how this affects patients, visitors and staff
  • Understanding of what the NHS Constitution means to your, and your responsibilities to the public, patients and colleagues
  • Relevant specialty clinical knowledge

Other skills and attributes

  • Professional integrity and respect for others
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Team working ability
  • Conscientious, punctual
  • Professional appearance
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Evidence of understanding of and adherence to the principles of Good Medical Practice set out by the GMC

BMJ Ref: BMJ-102733/213-DH-5283



All about King’s

We are one of London's leading hospitals with a world-class reputation, but our roots lie in the heart of our community.

Every day we care for patients from some of the most deprived communities in the capital and from some of the wealthiest. Our globally renowned specialties – including liver, diabetes and sickle cell – are largely driven by the health problems of our ethnically diverse local community.

King's is also one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals. We train 400 doctors, 275 nurses and 750 dentists each year, in partnership with King’s College London.

We have a reputation to maintain, so we are looking to recruit great people. Whether you work in medicine, nursing, administration, scientific services or patient support, we want you to keep up our high standards… and push them even higher.

A reputation for excellence

By trying new things and working hard, we do more with less: that’s the King’s way. We’ve built our reputation by finding ways to be excellent, even in challenging times. As a result, we are now one of the UK’s largest and busiest hospitals, providing a full range of services for people in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham as well as specialist provision for patients in the South East and further afield.

Our reputation extends beyond London and the UK. King’s is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, blood cancers and fetal medicine.

Making a difference to the community

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we reach out to the community and team up with local councils and groups to improve our services.

From working with police teams to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour, to lobbying for improvements to transport, King’s has the reputation and the influence to be more than a local hospital. In partnership with small businesses in the area, we are creating a two-way exchange of local services and skills.

King’s in the media

Our achievements regularly appear in the local and national media. From new surgical techniques to innovations in research, our reputation keeps growing.

The Channel 4 TV documentary 24 Hours in A&E was based at King's. The programme showed how our Emergency Department staff, and other medical and surgical teams across the hospital, worked together to treat seriously ill patients.

Pioneering research

Patients and clinicians come to King’s from all over the world because of our reputation as pioneers in medical research.

Transferring the results of this research from bench to patient bedside is now quicker and easier thanks to the establishment of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

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