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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/08/2021.

Consultant Cellular Pathologist

Job Reference: 179-MSC28-21

Employer:
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
Histopathology
Location:
Bury St. Edmunds
Salary:
£82,096 to £110,683 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Join us – what will you #BeKnown for?

Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.


Consultant Cellular Pathologist

Applications are invited for this replacement substantive post based at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. Histopathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology requests at West Suffolk Hospital have steadily increased in the last few years (pre-COVID-19) with approximately 19000 surgical cases, 1500 non-gynaecological cytopathology cases and 350 adult coronial autopsies in 2019.

2020 has been an unprecedented year and, like the rest of the country, cases numbers in all specialities initially dramatically reduced. However, these numbers have begun to rebound back, with many of the hospital services instigating catch up clinics, endoscopy lists and theatre sessions to address the backlog of NHS patients awaiting assessment and treatment. With this in mind the surgical and cytology numbers could be higher than previous years.

There is an interesting range of work in cellular pathology including a high proportion of breast, skin, urological, gynaecological and gastrointestinal specimens, together with pulmonary & head & neck specimens. There is no direct requirement to report gynaecological cytology specimens as there is an off-site screening laboratory. However, this may be negotiated if required. We have close working relationships with Addenbrooke’s Hospital Histopathology Department in Cambridge, where many of our cases are reviewed as part of regional multi-disciplinary team meetings.

We are looking for somebody with the ability to report a wide range of general histopathological and cytological material. In addition, the applicant should be prepared to develop special interests and lead at least one of the relevant cancer multidisciplinary team meetings that occur on a weekly basis.

We pride ourselves on being an innovative department with very good working relationships with our surgical and medical colleagues. Another interesting aspect of the work in this department relates to the teaching of clinical students on the Cambridge Graduate Medical Course which was established in 2001. We are pursuing the implementation of digital pathology and in the not too distant future a new hospital with new pathology laboratory will be built. We are currently undergoing the development stage of the pathology build.

Candidates must be either on the GMC Specialist Register, or be within 6 months of receiving their CCT in Histopathology at the time of interview. Essential qualifications for this post include FRCPath or equivalent.

Here at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT), we’re all about quality. Our vision is simply to deliver the best quality and safest care to our community.

Serving a rural population of around 280,000, we aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk. We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

And we do everything we can to make our Trust a great place to work – we truly care about you and your wellbeing.

Key achievements

  • In the NHS staff survey results for 2019, we emerged as an acute trust with one of the best performance engagement scores throughout the whole of England. 87% of staff would recommend the Trust for the treatment of a friend or relative and 77% would recommend the Trust as a place to work
  • As a global digital exemplar, we are investing in an e-Care system that will make us one of the first paperless hospitals and health systems in the NHS
  • We are one of the top 10 sites in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes
  • Our trust has scored top in the East of England for doctors’ overall training and satisfaction in acute trusts in the GMC national training surveys in 2018 and 2019
  • We have had the best early detection of cancer in the country for three years running

Bury St Edmunds is a pleasant market town situated in the attractive countryside of Suffolk. There are very good road and rail links to Cambridge and London; and the attractive east coast resorts are easily reached. In addition, Stansted airport is very accessible. There are high-quality schools in the private and public sector and the cost of housing is relatively modest.

In submitting an application form, you authorise the Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact phone Dr Ryan Butel, Lead Histopathologist on 01284 712773 or Dr Karl Love (Pathology Clinical Lead) on 01284 712768.

Closing Date: 22nd August 2021

Interview Date: 28th September 2021

Please view the job description and apply online at NHS jobs quoting reference number 179-MSC28-21




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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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