In Year 13 and interested in a career in Pathology?

We have been notified of some NHS job vacancies that our Year 13 students who are leaving us this summer may be interested in:

There is a Pathology Open Evening on Wednesday 25th July at University Hospital Southampton.

“Would you like to join a workforce dedicated to meeting your needs for undertaking new challenges, being able to work flexibly and developing your career in a way that suits you? Register now to attend our pathology recruitment day, taking place on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.

At University Hospital Southampton, we’re always improving, and as part of our ever evolving and expanding service we are looking to recruit to a number of roles across a wide range of areas within pathology.

With a vibrant, busy, and diverse workforce, the pathology team is comprised of approximately 300 staff; all committed to providing a round-the-clock service for our patients – who are at the centre of everything we do.

What roles do we have on offer?

No matter what your level of experience and skill, we may have something of interest to you.

We are looking to recruit to positions ranging from Agenda for Change (AfC) band 2 (£15,404 pa) through to band 7 (£41,787 pa).

This includes:

Administrative positions Typing of diagnostic reports, post mortem reports, prepare requirements for MDT meetings, administrative support to laboratory services. Educated to GCSE level to include Maths and English.


Proficient in Microsoft Office and touch type dictation.

Biomedical scientists Undertake specialist testing of patient samples to generate diagnostic and prognostic informative reports. Be educated to degree level and possess an appropriate BSc qualification.

Registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council.

Biomedical support workers Receive and check samples presented for testing, patient data input to computer systems, instrument and equipment maintenance, reagent preparation and provision. Support BMS’s and pathologists. Educated to GCSE level with at least 1 qualification in a science subject.
Electron microscopists Processing and analysis of patient samples requiring examination and interpretation at ultrastructural level. Degree in Science


Assistant practitioners


To assist HCPC- Registered and other certificated scientific staff with processing the full range of specimens received for analysis. Educated to GCSE level to include maths, English and at least one science-based subject.


Hold an NVQ level 3 qualification in Health (Pathology Support Worker).


Working toward a degree qualification in Laboratory Sciences.

Phlebotomists A phlebotomist is someone who is trained in the skill of taking or drawing blood from patients  in a clinical environment. By using venipuncture, which is the process of making an incision in the vein to draw blood, phlebotomy personnel can collect blood samples for the purposes of research, testing, donations, or transfusions. Educated to GCSE level to include Maths and English.


Have good communication skills


Friendly, courteous and sympathetic when it comes to working with patients


Good attention to detail

Anatomic pathology technicians To assist with the provision of a comprehensive Mortuary service including carrying out both routine and specialised autopsy work. Educated to GCSE level.

Hold at least a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technique

Quality management Support delivery of the Quality Systems ensuring the services become progressively more effective in quality terms and meet regulatory and accreditation requirements.


Work with other healthcare professionals to maximise the effectiveness of the service and ensure continual compliance with all legislative bodies

Either working toward completion of, or holding, a relevant MSc or equivalent qualification.
Information technology roles


Support and develop  Pathology core systems and applications directly employed by clinical services across UHS, GP practices and other networked lab to lab links.

Some data quality and Information reporting roles.    Some input into specialist laboratory  service work processes to support automation and efficiency

Educated to GCSE level to include maths, English and at least one science-based subject.
Advanced Excel/reporting skills.
ITIL certified

Further qualification in  Informatics /IT / Science  eg to degree level  required according to grade of post/role

What are the benefits of working for the pathology department?

In addition to the many benefits you can access through working for the NHS, we can offer you:

  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • A degree of autonomy and responsibility, supported by peers
  • Encouragement to progress with your career, with some courses funded
  • Involvement in service development and improvement
  • A number of different specialty areas to work in
  • friendly and supportive work environment;
  • Cutting-edge information technology

We understand that rigid rotas can cause problems for those that need a bit more flexibility; so we try to accommodate flexible working wherever possible across all areas.

Pathology is a fantastic place to work, and this is your opportunity to speak to staff and find out why.

About the Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is a large teaching trust with a wide range of clinical specialties. One of our main objectives has been to become a top-ten research trust and the pathology department is integral to achieving this.

We’ve worked hard as a Trust to improve the efficiency of our services and as a result, we are currently in financial surplus. We’ve recently been rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey we ranked;

  • seventh in the country for staff engagement
  • fourth best nationally for our proportion of staff saying that they would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care

Want to find out more?

Come to our recruitment open day and see what opportunities are on offer in pathology.

What you can expect:

  • Detailed explanations of the roles on offer
  • An informative and comprehensive talk about the department 

To register to attend this open day, please email by 21/07/2018 and we will send you joining instructions, including location and directions to the event.  Please let us know what role(s) you are interested in. When you email in you will be given a time slot, either 4pm or 5.30pm. There will be a 2 brief presentations, one by HR and the other by the head of the pathology dept.  There are then stands manned by pathology staff to discuss any of the roles. There will also be tours to pathology. The vacancies will then go ‘live’ the following week on the NHS website:-