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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/05/2022.

Consultant Histopathologist

Job Reference: 323-DD872

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
YC72 Consultant £84,559 - £114,003 plus £149 HCAS

Our vision at Ashford & St Peter’s is to provide an outstanding experience and outcomes for patients and staff.

There has never been a better time to join us in the NHS at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We provide acute and planned inpatient and outpatient care for our local community with a strong commitment to staff health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing continuous professional development, staff benefits and flexibility to shape our workforce around our patient care.

The Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services Histopathology department is seeking an enthusiastic Consultant Histopathologist to join our busy Histology reporting team.

Candidates should be medically qualified and must hold CCT accreditation (or be within 6 months of the award of CCT) and Fellowship of RCPath or equivalent. A high level of competence and full participation in diagnostic histopathology will be essential and involvement in departmental audit is required. Applicants both with and without well-developed subspecialty interests are encouraged to apply. Practitioners unable for personal reasons to work full time are welcome to apply for this post.

    • This is a replacement post. The successful applicant will join the current team of four consultant cellular pathologists, an associate specialist and a Specialty Doctor and will share equally in the workload. The current Consultants cover all major specialties, the department is planning to move towards sub-speciality reporting for many specimen types and there will be an opportunity to develop any sub-speciality interests in line with overall service delivery/development. An interest in Lung pathology would be desirable.
    • There will be the opportunity to develop an interest in molecular. Digital pathology is currently being implemented in the department.
    • At present, most specimen cut-up is done by the consultants, though there is BMS small specimen transfer and some BMS Advanced Practitioner small specimen dissection. The new appointee will be able to contribute to the development of the BMS cut up service.
    • A high priority is placed on clinico-pathological communication; full participation in MDT meetings and other meetings to discuss development of the service is considered essential. The post would involve preparing and attending one of the cancer MDTs and covering other MDTs as per the departmental requirements.
    • There are opportunities for the new appointee to participate in the Coroners’ Autopsy rota, though this is work outside the Consultant Contract with the Trust and is at the discretion of the local Coroners. The department performs a very small number of hospital post-mortem examinations per year.
    • An individual office with microscope and PC with full internet access will be provided. There is existing secretarial support for this post and the department is currently introducing voice recognition software for routine reporting for those consultants who wish to use it.
    • The new appointee will be expected to participate in the departmental audit activities
    • Deliver Clinical, Educational, Managerial Services of the highest professional standard at Consultant Level to the Department
    • Work with existing consultants and the multi-disciplinary team to provide a high quality well-led service for patients of Ashford & St Peter’s, including the diagnosis, investigations, treatment and management of patients, in accordance with Trust policies and practices.
    • Deliver Direct Clinical Care to patients, through all parts of the Department assisting clinical decision-making and sharing equally in the workload.
    • The Consultant team will provide comprehensive senior clinical cover to the Department.

If you would like to come and visit or require further information, please contact Dr Izhar Bagwan, Clinical Director for Histopathology on Tel: 01483 57 11 22 ext 2565


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Staff Benefits

Flexible working: We want all staff to have a good life/work balance and we will support you to have a working pattern that meets your needs and helps us to provide our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients.

We are Ofsted registered day nurseries at Ashford and St Peter’s sites, catering for children from 3 months to 5 years, and half-term play-schemes for primary school age children, open from 8am to 6pm.

We have car parking on all our sites and a new multi-storey car park on the St Peter’s site. We have onsite accommodation in shared flats or houses.

The NHS Pension scheme helps you to build your pension for when you retire. You receive tax relief on the contributions you make while you are working and the Trust makes a financial contribution as well. The NHS pension scheme has benefits that will support you and your family when you retire.

Career pathways: we support our staff to develop their careers and will ensure that you can access support, training and development to progress and fulfil your potential at ASPH

There are a number of staff benefit schemes running to support wellbeing such as salary sacrifice, discount schemes and cycle to work schemes.

ASPH Wellbeing support includes a brand new Wellbeing hub that features an on-site gym as part of the recreation area, offering exercise classes or use of the gym for free following induction, as well as a relaxation area. We have multi-faith centres on both hospital sites.

Find out more by visiting the guide and links that can be found to the right of this advert.

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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