Consultant Cellular Histopathologist

Exeter, Devon
19 Sep 2019
20 Oct 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to appoint substantive Consultant Cellular Pathologists with subspecialty interests. The posts are fully job planned for 10 PAs (8.5 PAs Direct Clinical Care and 1.5 PAs for Supporting Professional Activities). 

The Trust is a designated Cancer Centre providing a comprehensive range of tertiary referral services. The department of Cellular pathology is progressive, friendly and supportive, currently comprising sixteen pathologists 14.41 WTE). The department has recently implemented a system of flexible subspecialist reporting to support specialist Cancer Services & MDMs. Typically each consultant covers 2-3 specialist areas and will have close working relationships with their clinical teams. Candidates with speciality interests in Breast and Gynaecological pathology would be desirable although, other speciality interests are also welcomed.

The department annually reports 33,313 histopathology requests, 3,400 non-gynaecological cytology requests, and currently 46,000 cervical cytology requests.  Workload is recorded by request complexity and RCPath Workload points system will be implemented.

The department is UKAS (ISO15189) accredited and the laboratory fully staffed including two experienced Advanced Practitioners in Histopathology Specimen Dissection, who handle a range of benign and malignant specimens, including specimen opening and support the consultants during tissue banking.  In addition, the department also has two BMS with the Advanced Specialist Diploma in Gynaecological and Diagnostic cytology.

Exeter has developed molecular genetic services for cancer diagnostics locally and in conjunction with the regional service at Bristol. The trust has been a core site for Genomics England 100,000 Genomes Project and is active in clinical research, supporting a number of clinical trials which take place in the onsite NIHR clinical research facility. Candidates with an interest in academia would be welcomed.

The department undertakes regional post-graduate Histopathology Training and is an established exam centre of the Royal Collage of Pathologists. The Trust has close links with the University of Exeter Medical School and the department actively takes part in undergraduate training.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust hosts an HTA licenced mortuary and is a regional forensic centre. The department undertook 550 Coronial autopsies last year and has facilities for high risk cases. The coronial workload attracts an above average tariff and candidates with an interest in autopsy pathology would be encouraged. 

In our latest full CQC inspection, the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation trust received an overall rating of “good” and “outstanding” for Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trust wide. Cellular pathology is also member of a managed clinical/operational delivery network with five other NHS trusts within the South West Peninsula, developing sustainable, high quality diagnostic services across the region. The South West Peninsula network has developed a business case for a digital pathology network and LIMS spanning the Peninsula. In addition, the trust is undergoing a state-of-the-art IT upgrade, MyCare with a go live date of 2020. 

The vibrant Cathedral city of Exeter has theatres, pubs and cinemas, as well as a highly rated University (Russell Group), good Ofsted rated schools, independent schools and abundant family amenities. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside including Dartmoor and coast of Devon and Cornwall.  It is well served by rail, road and air links.

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Interview Date: 20/10/2019

Closing date: 18/11/2019.