Cellular Pathology Manager – University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – Stoke-on-Trent

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

We are looking for an experienced HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and proven technical experience as well as a management and leadership qualification to continue to develop and lead our Cellular Pathology service. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to lead a number of projects following the transfer of the service on to one site.

The successful applicant will need to take full responsibility for the end to end process in Histology including the administrative function along with oversight of the four hospital mortuaries (one of which is a body store) across the network. The post holder will be supported by an 8A Mortuary lead.

We are looking for an individual with drive, energy and track record of leading services through change and developing new ways of working to successfully deliver improvements to clinical services. We feel that this is a real opportunity and an exciting time to join our team.

The North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Services (NMCPS) formed in December 2020 as collaboration betweenThe University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM), Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts (MCHFT). UHNM are the host provider of the network.

The agreed network model establishes a consolidated Cellular Pathology service at the UHNM Royal Stoke site.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

Our vision is to deliver an innovative, high performing and high quality Pathology service which will be responsive to the needs and requirements of its users.

The network has been designed to achieve the benefits of scale that can be achieved by consolidation while remaining close enough to our customers to meet their needs and support the excellent clinical care provided by our hospitals. The department actively encourages and supports BMS advanced roles in terms of dissection and reporting.

As part of the network business case a significant investment in Histology automation has been agreed as well as a joint Laboratory information system (LIMS) across the network. These two projects are fundamental to the success of the consolidated service and are progressing well.

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has also been designated a Digital Pathology hub laboratory (of which there are 4 in the West Midlands) and will be working with its Digital partner Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) to develop Digital Pathology interoperability across the West Midlands.

This regional transformation programme represents a major step forward in addressing the increasing demands on our Pathology services. It will connect providers together to support the newly proposed 28 day cancer standard.

The successful candidate would be based at the Royal Stoke site and would be required to oversee the recently consolidated Cellular Pathology service and to lead and support the delivery of the aforementioned projects. The post holder will be supported by an 8A laboratory lead.

Our Cellular Pathology team consists of 18 Consultants and 90 technical and support grade staff. It is anticipated that the total workload for the NMCPS Cellular Pathology service in 2021/22 will be in the order of 80,000 requests / 220,000 blocks.

Research, teaching and training are strong attributes of our department. The successful candidate will be encouraged to support educational and training activities within the department, the Trust and more widely in the local Universities. UHNM is a keen developer of staff and provides a number of learning and development opportunities locally.

The hospitals within the network are located in very desirable areas to live; surrounded by historical market towns and countryside. The Peak District and the Welsh borders are within easy reach and there are also excellent transport links allowing easy access into Manchester, Birmingham, Chester, Liverpool and London. There are some excellent schools, wonderful restaurants and a wealth of social and health activities available in the surrounding areas.

Flexible working, including agile working, is supported by the department.

An informal visit to the department is encouraged. Please contact Sharon Acton – Pathology Service Manager and Professional Head for the North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Service or Nick Doorbar – Deputy Pathology Services Manager on 01782 674250 to arrange this.

The successful candidate would be based at the Royal Stoke site and would be required to oversee the recently consolidated Cellular Pathology service and to lead and support the delivery of the aforementioned projects. The post holder will be supported by an 8A laboratory lead.

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