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Locum Consultant Cellular Pathologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Histopathology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

A fixed term locum post covering GI pathology, gynaecological pathology and one other specialty to include either uropathology, cytopathology, thoracic pathology or haematopathology.

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.

Main duties of the job

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. We are in the process of introducing digital pathology, which will allow for the introduction of hybrid working in the near future.

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.

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 provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. 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

The remit of the post holders will be to work within the Cellular Pathology team providing and developing areas of interest in gastrointestinal pathology, gynaecological pathology and one other subspecialty to include cytopathology, thoracic pathology, uropathology or haematopathology. Applicants would be expected to have interest in two or three subspecialty areas and we welcome discussion with potential candidates to design an ideal post before applying.

This post will require the post holder to play an active role in the integration and development of the diagnostic repertoire 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.

The post holder 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.

Please see Job Description/Person specification for full details.

Person Specification
Qualifications & Registration

  • Registerable medical qualification
  • FRCPath or show evidence of equivalent qualification
  • Full and specialist registration (and with a current licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or be 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 (eg. MD, PhD)

Training and Experience

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

Administration, Management & Leadership

  • Experience in day to day organisation of Histopathology services
  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams


  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes
  • Management course and/or qualification

Personal Skills & 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' absences
  • Professional attitude towards work and reliable


  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills

BMJ Ref: BMJ-108193/213-DH-5221-A



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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