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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/09/2019.

Consultant in Cellular Pathology

Job Reference: 416-IM088A

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Bedford Hospital is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.

It is an exciting time to be joining the newly formed Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which has resulted from the merger of The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital NHS Trusts. The merger took place on 1 April 2020 and under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. This will bring many benefits for patients and opportunities for staff. Both hospitals will retain their identity with individual hospital names and key services will remain on both sites and be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Applications are invited for two consultant posts in the Department of Cellular Pathology

at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, with one day each week being spent at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.


The posts are based at Bedford Hospital and are whole time in general diagnostic histopathology; cytology is not a requirement of these posts, but could possibly be accommodated by negotiation if desired. The successful candidates would be expected to take a lead in at least one diagnostic area, providing pathology support at the local MDT, while maintaining general competency across a range of subspecialties. They will spend one day each week at Addenbrookes Hospital, a world-renowned teaching hospital, where they will be able to pursue their specialist interest, and will have the opportunity of taking part in teaching or research if desired.


The Department of Cellular Pathology is friendly and supportive, and is located in a purpose-built building and the facilities offer a spacious, pleasant working environment. Bedford Hospital is currently established for 7 whole-time consultant histopathologists and provides the varied workload typical of a district general hospital.


A merger with the pathology department at Luton and Dunstable Hospital University Foundation Trust is progressing and the introduction of digital pathology is being actively considered. These developments will enable the Pathology Department to meet current and future challenges such as those highlighted in the Carter Report, and the successful candidates will play an instrumental role in driving forward these exciting opportunities.


Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire and is 55 miles north of London. It is close to the M1 and A1, and has good rail links to London and the Midlands.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

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