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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/08/2021.

Trainee Anatomical Pathology Technologist - Band 4 - Mortuary

Job Reference: 179-411-21-C

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£21,892 to £24,157 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.

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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.

Trainee Anatomical Pathology Technician - Band 4 - Mortuary - 37.5 hours per week - Permanent

The pay band for this post is Band 4. Your basic salary will be year one at 70% of £24,157** per annum, pro rata to 37.5 hours per week, followed by year two at 75% of £24,157** per annum, pro rata to 37.5 hours per week in accordance to Annex21 in The Agenda for Change Handbook.

Applications are invited from keen, committed and hardworking candidates for a Trainee Anatomical Pathology Technologist to join our small, busy mortuary team. Applicants will have relevant experience, such as healthcare or funeral director.  The successful applicant should hold 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent), including English, Maths and science at a grade C or above and will undertake in-house training and courses as appropriate to obtain the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology over the course of 2-3 years. This post will be reviewed on successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma, with a view to becoming a permanent position.


The successful candidate will have excellent communication, IT, interpersonal, practical and organisational skills. Applicants will need a flexible approach to working and be able to show an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.


The post holder will be expected to take part in all aspects of mortuary work, under supervision, and contribute to maintaining a high quality service.


Our service, which is licensed by the Human Tissue Authority, currently cares for approximately 2000 deceased patients a year and provides a comprehensive range of mortuary services, including accompanying bereaved families at viewings, coronial and forensic post mortem examinations.


For further information please contact Tracey Green, Mortuary and Bereavement Services Manager or the mortuary team on 01284 713399. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be invited for an informal visit.


**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**


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


CAR PARKING – This post does entitle you to park onsite.


The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.


For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.


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The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.



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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.

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