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Consultant Histopathologist


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Full time - 10 sessions per week
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£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
10/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

This is an established 10 PA post for the Gloucestershire Laboratories based at Cheltenham General Hospital. The contract will be held by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Subspecialisation has been introduced amongst the medical staff within the department. This post will contribute to at least two from gastrointestinal, urology, gynaecological, breast and gynaecological cytopathology.

Any applicant who is unable for personal reasons, to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with consultant colleagues.

These posts attract a £15k Recruitment & Retention payment to the successful candidate appointed.  For Further information please contact Medical Staffing on 0300 422 2935

Main duties of the job

The appointees will be managerially responsible to the Clinical Head of Department of the Gloucestershire Histopathology Department and through that person to the Specialty Director, the Director of Service, the Medical Director and the Trust Board. The current acting Head of Department for Histopathology is Dr Patricia Vergani, with subspecialty leadership provided as per the consultant list below. The Specialty Director is Dr Philippa Moore, and Divisional Chief of Service is Dr Kate Hellier.

The management arrangements are consistent with the principles as stated in the Strategic Review of Pathology Services, particularly paragraphs 4.22-4.26 and meet current UKAS standards.

Working for our organisation

We are a large organisation providing acute services from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester and Cheltenham General Hospital to a population of 652,475* in Gloucestershire as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and beyond.

Our workforce is almost 8,000 strong and our caring and dedicated staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred, high quality emergency, elective and specialist care across a range of clinical areas.

 We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision of providing Best Care for Everyone and our success depends on the commitment and dedication of our staff, many of whom are world leaders in healthcare, teaching and research.  You could make a real difference to our patients’ lives by joining our team.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible of cut up, reporting and support Consultant colleagues with MDT attendance. We routinely work with expert practitioners in dissection dealing with small and large specimens and we are planning to change our diagnostic workflow using digital pathology for primary diagnosis. Development of appropriate sub-speciality interests will be encouraged and supported, particularly for those with an interest in urology, gastrointestinal, gynaecological pathology, breast and non-gynaecological cytopathology. The department has a strong record in gastrointestinal pathology teaching, hosting the Gloucestershire Gastro-intestinal Pathology Conference and we are a Cancer Centre from the County and neighbouring Trusts for these specialties.

As an employee of the Trust the appointee will work in close co-operation with, and support, other clinical, medical, professional and managerial colleagues in providing high quality healthcare to the Trust’s patients.

Integral to the responsibilities of the post are the following requirements:-

  • To be on the GMC register with current licence to practice
  • To conform to all revalidation requirements : 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 UK CCT
  • To participate in the provision of a first class cellular pathology service.
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the Trust’s procedures and operating policies.
  • To conduct clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trust’s service plans.
  • To maintain the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty, the Diagnostic and Support Services Division or the Trust.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full registration (and with a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC), or be eligible for registration within six months of interview.
Desirable criteria
  • FRCPath or equivalent qualification Higher degree
  • On Specialist Register for Pathology via: CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR or European Community Rights
  • Teaching qualification

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Proven clinical skills in cellular pathology

Audit and Evidence based practice

Essential criteria
  • Experience in devising, conducting and applying audit results
Desirable criteria
  • Training in evidence-based practice

Management & Administrative Skills

Essential criteria
  • Willing and able to work with colleagues in management and other specialities to ensure the delivery of a high quality, safe and reliable service
  • Familiar with clinical governance
  • A willingness to accept responsibility
  • Awareness of current relevant developments within the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of clinical governance

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Philippa Moore
Job title
Specialty Director
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 5077