Consultant Cellular Gastrointestinal Pathologist – The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Newcastle upon Tyne

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£84,559 – £114,003 a year

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REF. 317-CON-22-210

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join of the largest and most innovative Cellular Pathology Departments in the UK, with. The department itself is housed in excellent facilities at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, is a cancer-referral centre and hosts Novopath (previously an MRC Molecular Pathology Node laboratory).

The post presents an opportunity to join a progressive team which continuously adopts and develops new diagnostic techniques, and will allow opportunities for involvement in teaching, training and research. We operate a well-established system of specialist reporting and the successful applicant will join a team of consultants and advanced practitioners. You will take a major role in the Gastrointestinal pathology service.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact:

Dr Katrina WoodonKatrina.Wood1@nhs.netorDr Nigel, Joint Heads of Department on0191 2829440.

The successful candidate will be expected to specialise in Gastrointestinal pathology and also contribute to the work of one or more other specialist teams within the Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in consensus meetings and MDT meetings.

You will have full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC) (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview). In addition, you will hold FRCPath or an equivalent level qualification.

Please read attached Job Description and Person Specification document.

You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please complete the application form in full, ensuring that you provide references to cover the last 3 years.

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Consultants in the department currently spend approximately 85% of their time involved directly in clinical service provision and 15% undertaking supporting professional activities (audit, QA, CPD, management, research, teaching etc). Each consultant contributes 43 weeks to the rota with remaining weeks allocated to annual leave, study leave etc.

The advertised post is an 8 PA post, NHS-based, although there may be an opportunity for a candidate with an appropriate academic profile to participate in research activities at the Newcastle University. This would be negotiated with the university at the time of appointment. Where appropriate an application will be made for the appointee to be granted the title of Associate Clinical Lecturer in Cellular Pathology. The department undertakes a significant amount of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and you will be expected to participate in these teaching programmes.

Gastrointestinal Pathology:

The gastrointestinal (GI) pathology team has input from nine consultants and a consultant Biomedical Scientist, each with a varying contribution to the service, depending on their other specialist commitments. Within the team, individual consultants take a lead in upper GI pathology, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and paediatric GI pathology. The workload of the GI pathology team is currently in the region of 12,000 specimens per year, including endoscopic biopsies, resections and bowel cancer screening / Bowel Scope specimens. The GI pathology team works closely with a number of clinical groups including upper and lower GI surgeons, paediatric gastroenterologists and adult gastroenterologists. The Trust is one of the largest centres for upper GI surgery in the UK. The Trust is also a tertiary referral centre for inflammatory bowel disease and the clinical IBD team is actively involved in UK-based pharmacology trials. The Trust furthermore supports a regional service for Advanced Rectal tumours and Anal Cancers with pathology review part of weekly MDM. A Regional Intestinal Failure Unit opened at the Trust in 2012 and generates resections from patients with complex pathology who have undergone previous surgery. Individual team members work closely together to support frozen sections, urgent biopsies and difficult biopsies which may require a second opinion. Clinicopathological meetings supported by the GI team include: weekly upper gastrointestinal cancer MDTM and colorectal cancer MDTM, fortnightly Paediatric gastroenterology and monthly inflammatory bowel disease meeting.

Within the department, you will have a high-quality microscope, and a personal computer with digital dictation and the option of voice recognition. You will also have access to the Departmental secretaries. The department has good facilities for digital photography of macroscopic and microscopic specimens. There is also equipment and technical support for production of material for educational, audit and research presentations. The Department is in the process of introducing Digital pathology for reporting, but this will not be compulsory.

You will be expected to participate in audit and in relevant EQA schemes. You will also be expected to take part in continuing professional development and annual appraisal (the latter including annual job plan review). Time and funds will be made available by the Trust for attendance of professional and educational meetings etc. and appraisal familiarisation courses are provided in-house. Current study leave entitlement is 30 days over 3 years. Time will be made available for necessary individual preparation to support the annual appraisal procedure. You will share responsibilities with existing consultant staff for the training and supervision of trainee medical staff, and will be required to devote time to these activities on a regular basis. You will be required to undertake administrative duties contributing to the running of the Cellular Pathology Department in co-operation with the Head of Department.

Participation in the autopsy service is not a requirement of this post. Currently, approximately a fifth of the consultant staff undertake Coroner’s autopsies.

You will have full and specialist registration (and a licence to practise) with the General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC) (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview). You will also be expected to hold the FRCPath or an equivalent qualification.


In line with the Trust’s core value of placing patients at the heart of everything we do, we are developing our service provision to be responsive to the needs of our patients. To meet those needs some staff groups will be increasingly asked to work a more flexible work pattern so that they can offer services in the evening or weekend. As a result any offer of employment to a consultant post will be subject to you agreeing to work a new more flexible pattern or working in the future if required, including evening and weekend work.

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