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Consultant Histopathologist

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£88\,364 to £119\,133 a year Per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2023

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Hospital, Histopathology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking to appoint Consultant Cellular Pathologists to three newly created posts to join our current team of seven consultants. These posts were created in response to increasing workload within the cellular pathology department.

Candidates will be expected to have full and specialist registration (with a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or be eligible for registration within six 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.

The departmental workload includes large amounts of breast, gastrointestinal, gynaecological, urological, and skin pathology. An interest in one or more of these areas is desirable, although any special interest usually found in a district general hospital may be accommodated. Generalist reporting skills are essential and cross cover for multidisciplinary team meetings will be required. The posts are full time but applicants who wish to work part-time can also apply.


Main duties of the job


The appointee will be expected to:

  • Contribute to the histology workload of the department. Contribution to the non-cervical cytopathology and autopsy workloads is desirable but not essential
  • Take responsibility for leading the pathology contribution to one or more cancer multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Provide cover, with the other consultant histopathologists, for annual, study and professional leave.
  • Provide a consultation and advisory service to medical colleagues and other professional groups within the trust.
  • Liaise with medical staff and clinical teams in other specialities, participate in the regular clinical and multidisciplinary team meetings, and other postgraduate activities of the trust.
  • Participate in the teaching, audit, and other professional activities of the department.
  • Participate in departmental and trust clinical governance programmes and provide evidence of appraisal and revalidation.
  • Participate in the Royal College of Pathologists' continuing professional development (CPD) programme, or equivalent.


About us


North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust provides acute care to our local communities via two District General Hospitals in Peterborough and Huntingdon, and a community hospital in Stamford.

We are promoting flexible working and a health work/home life balance. Agile working options are automatically considered for all roles within the Trust.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates from our local communities.

Your package with us includes a lot more than just your pay and here are a few of the additional benefits that are available to you as an employee:

  • Relocation allowance in line with the Trust policy
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement, starting at 27 days a year (for full time workers) plus bank/public holidays
  • Free staff car parking on all our hospital sites during this financial year
  • In-house Physiotherapy Services
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Emotional Wellbeing Service covering a range of online support, access to mobile apps and 24/7 counselling services
  • Subsidised meals at our hospital restaurants
  • Access to exclusive discounts, cashback and vouchers via NHS Discounts and Blue Light Card

If you share our values and vision and are passionate about working with people on what matters to them, you could be a real asset to Team North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.


Job description

Job responsibilities


The pathology services in Peterborough are currently provided on one site. Histopathology is based in the new Peterborough City Hospital and boasts excellent facilities. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) was formed in April 2017 by the merger of Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust and Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust. The management structure in Peterborough complies with the Strategic Review of Pathology Services (paras 4.22 4.26). The management structure of the new combined Trust is currently under review.

All the pathology specialties in Peterborough have full UKAS accreditation. Peterborough was the first Trust in the country to be awarded ISO15189 accreditation across all pathology disciplines (May 2015). Cellular pathology services in Hinchingbrooke Hospital are provided by Peterborough Hospital. The Hinchingbrooke cellular pathology service was repatriated to Peterborough in March 2020. Digital Histopathology reporting went live at NWAFT for all specialties and histopathologists in September 2020 and is currently fully accredited by UKAS.

Pathology is part of the Family and Integrated Support Services Directorate, which also includes paediatrics and neonatal, gynaecology, breast care and imaging services. The directorate is represented at trust executive and board level.


Person Specification



  • Full and specialist registration (and with a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) (or eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview
  • FRCPath or evidence of equivalent qualification



  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in histopathology
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
  • Willingness to retrain to develop expertise in specific areas as required by the service


  • Expertise in reporting breast biopsies and resection specimens, skin, GI and urological cases.
  • Expertise in non-gynaecological cytology.

Knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge and experience of histopathology
  • Ability to deal with general surgical specimen cut up efficiently and accurately


  • Knowledge and experience of cytopathology.

Communication and language skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, colleagues in pathology and support staff
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English

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