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Locum Consultant - Histopathology

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

Job Details

To support the expanding department and to cover a sabbatical post, candidates with special interests in any of the below specialties are encouraged to apply: Gastrointestinal pathology, Gynaecological pathology, Uropathology, Thoracic/Lung pathology, Haematopathology and Cytopathology.

Interest in autopsy work can also be discussed in advance.

Main duties of the job

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 atKing'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

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of £1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and around 14,000 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 Bromley.

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.

The trust-wide strategy Strong Roots, Global Reachis 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 can take Team King's to another level

Job description
Job responsibilities

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Together with the other members of consultant staff, to develop and provide a high quality pathology service. 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.
  • Responsible also for covering colleagues periods of annual leave and short-term sickness.
  • Provide clinical supervision of junior medical staff as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  • Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.
  • Responsible for clinic commitments (as per subspecialty requirement).
  • Contribute to departmental research interests in accordance with the Trusts R& D framework.
  • Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, clinical governance programs and learning from Deaths.
  • Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the departments Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.
  • Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Undertake Divisional management duties as agreed with the Divisional/departmental Manager/Clinical Director.
  • Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.
  • 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.

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 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.


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

Training & 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.

Audit, Research & Publications

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


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


  • 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.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Kings Values.
  • Commitment to uphold Kings Values.
  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.


  • Familiarity with information technology and general computer skills.
  • Teaching skills course/qualification.

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