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Consultant Histopathologist

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum/pro rata
Closing date
18 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Histopathology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
These are replacement consultant appointments for the Department of Cellular Pathology at Maidstone Hospital following retirement of previous post holders. The department provides a cellular pathologyservice to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and is housed in a purpose built Cellular Pathology building at Maidstone Hospital that opened in spring 2011. The successful candidate will join an existing team of 20 Consultants, 2 Consultant BMS (GI reporting and Gynaecological pathology reporting), a Molecular pathology Clinical Scientist, two Cut up Practitioners and 1 trainee cut-up practitioner.

A postmortem examination service with interest in teaching is provided from Tunbridge Wells Hospital with approximately 600 post postmortems being performed for HMC, North West Kent and East Sussex. An interest in joining the postmortem team would be welcomed.

Come to us and you'll join an amazing team, in modern, state-of-the-art hospitals in a beautiful part of South East England, and you'll be given all the support and training you need. We have a fantastic medical workforce and want to expand our substantive workforce to provide to best possible care to our patients and build on our existing clinical excellence.

Applicants must be on the specialist register for Cellular Pathology or be within 6 months of CCT at date of interview.

Please note: JD is pending college approval
Main duties of the job

The main duties are those of a Consultant Histopathologist in a sub specialist department reporting for a regional cancer centre and three general hospitals. The duties include specialist reporting, MDM preparation and attendance, clinical audit and governance responsibilities, teaching and training. There are opportunities for Coronial work available for qualified individuals.
About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the south east of England. The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care toaround 560,000 people living in the south of West Kent and northern East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs, and it operates from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. The latter is a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital and provides wholly single bedded ensuite accommodation for in-patients. The Trust employs a team of over 5000 full and part-time staff. In addition, the Trust provides specialist cancer services to around 1.8 million people across Kent, Hastings and Rother, via the Kent Oncology Centre, which is sited at Maidstone Hospital, and at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury. The Trust also provides outpatient clinics across a wide range of locations in Kent and East Sussex

Job description
Job responsibilities

1. To provide a high standard of care in an appropriate and timely fashion to any patient (cases) for whom you have clinical responsibility. This will include any cases distributed to you or to a trainee under your supervision. In addition, any cases of consultant colleagues when you are covering for annual leave.

2. To participate in clinical and other service activities and developments with the aim of ensuring a high standard of patient care across the Trust.

3. To work in close co-operation with other medical, professional and managerial colleagues, both within and outside the specialty, to provide high quality health care to the patients of all trusts served, and to make a contribution to future thinking about the Trusts strategic direction.

4. To participate fully in and share leadership of the clinical governance of the specialty covering its Trust-wide activities. To attend clinical governance meetings as detailed in the Trusts Guide to Job Planning unless on agreed leave or other unavoidable commitments.

5. To participate actively in departmental audits, sharing co-ordination of audit activities within the department and implementation of change.

6. To take an active responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, training and supervision.

7. To assume responsibility, both personally and corporately with consultant colleagues, for the management of junior medical staff. You are expected to be involved in their professional development, both clinical and personal as per guidance from the Deanery.

8. To ensure that all doctors in training for whom you have supervisory responsibilities undertake delegated clinical tasks that are within their level of competence and knowledge.

9. To ensure at all times that you comply with the General Medical Councils published guide Good Medical Practice including the Duties of a Doctor.

10. To take personal responsibility for risk management in your work and undertake to review practices and learn from mistakes.

11. To provide prospective cover for colleagues during annual and study leave and other absences as far as is practicable and clinically safe.

12. To ensure that you respond promptly and efficiently to all complaints related to any patient care you or your staff have been involved with, assisting the Trusts corporate responsibility to reply to complaints within a specified time frame.

13. To ensure that you develop and maintain effective working relationships with those agencies concerned with the provision of health and social care services and those representing the interests of patients.

14. To undertake an annual appraisal leading to a personal development plan as outlined in the Trust Appraisal Policy. You must collect and maintain sufficient evidence to support the appraisal process and your GMC revalidation. The appraisal will inform the study leave and job planning processes.

15. To undertake an annual job plan review as outlined in the Trust Guide to Job Planning.

16. You are required to take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by what you do while at work. You must adhere to Trust IRMER Regulations.

17. Involvement in the development of clinical management protocols shared with the community and other consultant colleagues.

18. Participation on the management and future development of the cellular pathology service.

Person Specification
  • Full and specialist registration (and 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, MB ChB or evidence of equivalent qualification.
  • A relevant higher qualification Certificate of Higher Autopsy Training
Clinical and Technical Expertise
  • Possesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise.
  • In depth expertise in at least one specialist field
  • In depth expertise in at least one specialist field
  • Interest in Autopsy pathology and coronial post mortems
Intellect and Education
  • Encourages ongoing learning & an educative culture, both for self and others
Organisation & planning
  • Able to operate effectively in a committee contributes to strategic decision-making
  • Able to juggle a large number of demands by setting priorities & planning effectively
  • Displays management & financial competence
Communications and interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership & co-ordination skills with ability to direct & organise teams
  • Ability to cope with considerable pressure as well as to adapt to constant change & new demands
  • Demonstrates energy, enthusiasm & initiative in pursuing innovation and the highest standards for patients, juniors, others, colleagues & the organisation
Teaching skills
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Willing to supervise juniors

Employer details
Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9QQ


ME16 9QQ

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