Pathology Quality Manager (Histopathology/Cellular Pathology)

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust Pathology Services are looking for a Histopathology / Cellular Pathology Quality Manager at AFC Band 8a whilst the current post holder is out on secondment. This post will report to the Head of Quality, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

We are looking for someone with both technical and quality experience, who has the leadership skills to support both Histopathology departments with their quality, accreditation and governance processes.

The role is based across both Ipswich and Colchester laboratories. Ipswich is accredited to ISO 15189:2012 and Colchester has applied for accreditation and is currently awaiting assessment.

Main duties of the job

The Pathology Quality Managers will be senior members of the quality team. They will be responsible for engaging and embedding a quality culture with design implementation and maintenance of the Quality function of the service. They will work in collaboration with the Service Leads, Operations Manager, Head of Quality, to ensure that pathology becomes progressively more efficient in delivering a high quality service across both sites.

The Quality team will promote continuous improvement in service quality within all areas of the laboratory assuring regulatory and accreditation requirements to ISO 15189, MHRA, HSE, and others as required.

The post holders will need to work closely with all staff to ensure an efficient and effective corporate approach in dealing with all Quality and Training matters.

About us

One of the largest Trust's in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Previous experience in Managing Quality, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
  • Detailed familiarity with operational services and systems
  • Previous NHS experience, knowledge of services and clinicians
  • Extensive experience of Audit and the tools used to evaluate services
  • Experience of training individuals or groups in formal and informal environments, via multiple methods
  • Service improvement experience
  • Experience of effectively line or functional management of staff
  • Demonstrable experience of effectively undertaking collaborative working with multiple partners


  • Experience of the use of Statistical analysis software
  • HSE, MHRA, CQC, HFEA and IVD knowledge

Qualifications & Knowledge


  • HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist
  • BSc Biomedical Science or equivalent
  • MSc Biomedical science, in appropriate discipline or equivalent
  • Quality management qualification or equivalent
  • Detailed knowledge of ISO 15189, and applicable regulatory requirements
  • IT competent, able to effectively use, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Knowledge of training and mentoring


  • Health and Safety Training and Qualifications
  • Training Qualifications and or experience
  • Experience of the use of Statistical analysis software
  • HSE, MHRA, CQC, HFEA and IVD knowledge

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester/Ipswich Hospitals



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