Consultant Cellular Pathologist with interest in Hepatopathology – 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-22-209

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. 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 Hepatopathology service.

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.

The successful candidate will be expected to specialise in Liver pathology and to 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.

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: DrKatrina Wood,Katrina.Wood1@nhs.netorDr Nigel Cooper,, Joint Heads of Department, on0191 2829440.

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 a replacement 10 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.


The medical liver team currently has contribution from three consultant pathologists. The diagnostic workload is approximately 800 liver biopsies per annum and constitutes primary reporting of all medical liver biopsies in the North East of England including highly specialist work from the Trust’s Acute Liver Failure Unit, Fontan associated Liver Disease MDT and Liver Transplant Centre, where approximately 40 adult orthotopic transplants are performed annually. The spectrum of diagnostic liver biopsies also includes lesional liver biopsies with a high proportion of primary liver tumours, in particular hepatocellular carcinoma, which are reported by all members by the hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and liver team. The liver team members work closely together to share expertise at a weekly consensus meeting prior to the Liver Clinico-Pathological-Conference held at the Freeman Hospital.

Hepatopancreatobiliary Pathology

The hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) pathology team currently consists of three consultant pathologists. The surgical HPB pathology workload is approximately 650 specimens per annum, reflecting the Trust’s role as a tertiary referral centre, and includes a range of surgical resection specimens including Whipple’s resections, liver resection for primary or metastatic tumours and liver explants. This workload includes approximately 300 diagnostic pancreatobiliary biopsies, mainly endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle biopsies (EUS FNBs), ampullary and endobiliary mucosal biopsies which are reported in close teamwork with the nationally unique specialist pancreatobiliary endoscopy unit at NUTH. The HPB work is highly specialised and includes molecular testing for certain tumours. HPB team members work closely together with double reporting of all first diagnoses of malignancy and pancreatobiliary diagnostic biopsies, supporting the frozen section service and participation at a weekly HPB consensus meeting before the HPB MDTM at the Freeman Hospital.

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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