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Specialist Grade Doctor Histopathology

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Darlington, Durham
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Specialist doctor, Histopathology
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Main duties of the job

The general Histology workload includes a wide range of biopsy types and resection specimens and post is for a general Pathologist at associate specialist grade but there is support for specialised reporting in Skin, Breast and GI pathology aided by Digital pathology; all of our consultant grades are specialised/semi specialised. The digital pathology facility will also allow development of flexible and home based work.

The department has introduced Advanced Practitioners in dissection and BMS screening staff to support Consultant staff and the appointee will be involved in their training and development.

The post holder would be expected to work closely with consultants within the Trust, and with Advanced Practice BMS and other lab staff, promoting and maintaining the high quality of these services.

A workload management system is in place based on the recently published RCPath allocation scheme.

Whole-time 10 programmed activities. The basic contract is for 10 programmed activities. There will be an initial discussion with the post holder regarding their job plan, prior to commencement of the appointment.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary £23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post is for a general role as a Specialist grade doctor Histopathology.

The post is based at University Hospital of North Durham ,but the successful applicant will be able to support services on other Trust sites, particularly Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Mortuaries are present both at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital. The main department is located in a purpose built laboratory at Durham. The directorate provides Pathology services to the Trust and also to the general practitioners in the local area. The department is accredited to the UKAS ISO 15189 standards, moving to UKAS ISO 15189:2022

We are happy to consider specialised working and want new, dynamic team members to bring their skills to further develop a future proof consultant workforce and shared service vision. Although we report a range of general pathology, our expertise and specialism is focused on Breast, GI, gynae, skin pathology aided by Digital pathology.

The department is supportive of all staff and we will provide an opportunity for off-site reporting and flexible working.

We have a strong training culture, with clinical histologist training every year and good experience of developing staff to support completion of training

Further details of the department and duties can be found within the job description and person specification.

Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS)

Person Specification



  • FRCPath part1 and part 2 completed (or awaiting results)
  • Working towards CESR with evidence of this


  • CESR completed



  • Significant Histopathology experience
  • Working at the the level of autonomy of a Specialist grade doctor Histopathology
  • Experience of working in a clinical post in the NHS is a pre-requisite


  • Evidence of autonomous reporting.
  • Team working experience
  • Problem Solving
  • Service improvement and improving quality
  • Leadership/management
  • Supervision of advanced practioners, more junior staff
  • Experience of working closely with a laboratory team.

Statutory Registration


  • GMC registration

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Thorough knowledge of general histopathology and ability to report routine histopathology work, including cancer biopsies and resection, independently with minimal supervision.
  • Reporting of histology slides will comprise the most significant part of their role
  • High level histological dissection skills.
  • Ability to review and present cases at MDT.
  • Able to give and receive feedback to individuals
  • Able to work unsupervised and autonomously.
  • Evidence of effective team building skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Resilient when under pressure
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent ability to correlate complex clinical information
  • Excellent manual dexterity for procedures where precision is required
  • Good computer and keyboard skills


  • Teaching and training for advanced practitioners and junior doctors.
  • Experience in research
  • Experience in management
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and safety measures
  • Understanding of UKAS and ISO15819 accreditation
  • IT literate in all modules in Microsoft Office

Special Requirements


  • Able when needed to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post

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