Consultant Histopathologist – Northumbria Healthcare – NHCT Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – North Shields

NHCT Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

There are at present 6 Consultant Histopathologists and 2 Specialty Doctors within the department based at North Tyneside General Hospital. The department has full UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation. The histology workload amounts to approximately 23,000 requests per year and covers a broad range of medical and surgical specialties (excluding neuropathology and renal biopsies). A full range of special stains is available and immunocytochemistry staining is fully automated with a wide range of antibodies available. There are approximately 2500 non-gynae cases received annually, comprising fine needle aspirates from most sites with the usual range of brushings and washings from the bronchus, FNA breast, thyroid, pleural , peritoneal washings, bile duct brushings and urine samples. The trust is investing circa £8m over the next 10 years into a next generation Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) plus further Pathology IT enhancements and business changes and as such, has recently commenced an ambitious 3-year Pathology Digital Transformation Programme. The successful candidates will be encouraged to develop a special interest to complement the other members of the department and expected to undertake the full range of pathologist duties involved in the delivery of the histopathology/cytology provision. Experience of coronial post mortem work and willingness to participate in an autopsy rota is desirable.

Reporting of surgical specimens of a wide range of gastro-intestinal, breast, gynae, skin and urology specimens as well as non-gynae cytology specimens as detailed above. Cut-up of cases is largely provided by BMS and AP staff (via upskilling BMS staff) though there may be occasions of staff absences when pathologists may have to take this on. PathoSys is used for reporting breast cores, breast and colorectal cancer specimens, cervical punch and loop biopsies, bowel cancer screening specimens and bronchial biopsies. While all other specimen types are currently on telepath till new LIMS is fully developed. Our post mortem service is provided from North Tyneside General Hospital. The Trust also has an in-house Consultant Clinical Scientist led specialist Toxicology service providing expertise to assist in clinical or post mortem analysis. Our mortuary at North Tyneside General Hospital as well as body storage at Wansbeck General Hospital, Hexham General Hospital and the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and Histology laboratory at North Tyneside General Hospital are licensed with Human Tissue Authority. In line with recent advances in the field of histopathology the department has introduced Digital Pathology ‘Sectra’ reporting with individual work stations installed on every pathologist’s desk. We are in the process of going live with skin pathology reporting.

We manage three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed, covering one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS trust in the country. Leading in innovation and quality – opening a state-of-the-art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England. Do you want to work in one of the best performing NHS organisations in England? Work in an organisation that supports its staff and focuses on staff experience as much as it does the experience of its patients? You can live and breathe in an area that has the cleanest air, cost effective living, great nightlife, some of the best schools with a wealth of history available on your doorstep. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t, this is what you get when you work for Northumbria Healthcare, this is the Northumbria Way!

Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists or equivalent. Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required to gain entry to UK CCT. Full and Specialist registration (and with a licence to practice) with the General Medical Council (GMC), or be eligible for registration within six months of interview. If an applicant is UK trained, they must ALSO be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT.

For further details/tour: Dr Kirti Sharma, Consultant Histopathology and Clinical Lead, NTGH Switchboard
0344 811 8111 Ext 34519


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