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Consultant Cellular Pathologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£90,526 to £121,295 a year per annum incl. London Zone Allowance
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Histopathology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

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This is a superb opportunity to join a growing team of enthusiastic and forward-thinking histopathologists at a top teaching hospital in the heart of south London. Joining our department at this pivotal time will give successful applicants a unique opportunity to develop specialist interests across a wide range of areas, and help to shape the service for years to come. Whether you consider yourself a leader or a team player, a teacher or an academic, we have a place for you here at King's. We are an inclusive, friendly and supportive department, serving a large and diverse population with a fascinating range of pathologies. The current consultant team comprises a fantastic combination of dynamic and experienced pathologists at various stages of their careers. We are committed to supporting new colleagues and place a high value on work/life balance.

The Department has been pivotal in the regional amalgamation of molecular pathology work with our molecular pathology lead, Dr Kalnisha Naidoo, leading the Genomics Lab Hub (GLH). There is a strong emphasis in engagement with molecular pathology within the Department and academic/research opportunities arising from this area.

If desired, there will be opportunities for cross-site working, both at our new state-of-the-art centralised pathology hub which is due to open in Blackfriars, and at our sister-site, the Princess Royal Hospital in Orpington.

Main duties of the job

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.

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 12,800 staff based across 5 main sites in 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) sites at Denmark Hill in Camberwell and at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in the London Borough of Bromley.

The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, fetal medicine, stroke, major trauma, and Emergency Department.

King's is a key partner in one of London's foremost Academic Health Science Centres, King's Health Partners (KHP). KHP is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England. It brings together a world-leading research-led university - King's College London - and three successful NHS Foundation Trusts: King's College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas', and South London and Maudsley.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of our dedicated workforce and join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation for innovation and the desire to make a difference.

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.
  7. 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


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


  • 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

Training and Experience

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


  • Experience in day to day organisation of histopathology services


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

Management and Leadership

  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams


  • Management course and/or qualification


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

Research and Publications

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

Personal Skills and 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


  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills

Kings Values

  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Kings Values
  • Commitment to uphold Kings Values


  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching


  • Teaching skills course/qualification 

BMJ Ref: BMJ-107873/213-DH-4431-C



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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