Advanced Practitioner in Dissection

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Black Country Pathology Services Cellular Pathology department is looking for an efficient, flexible member of the laboratory and wider Pathology service providing a consistently high quality and professional service. The specific aim of the Advanced Practitioner role is to work alongside Consultant Pathologist and to dissect Cat B - E specimens independently and to also assist with managing the day-to-day operations of the dissection room at the hub laboratory. To be responsible for providing specialist knowledge, alongside technical expertise to aid in the training and development of registrars and technical staff. Candidates must hold the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Specimen Dissection and should be working towards completion of IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Specimen Dissection within 12 months

Main duties of the job

Undertake advanced specialist specimen dissection independently. Provide specialist scientific knowledge and work as a member of the team to assess, plan and contribute to the provision of a specialised service. Assist the Service Manager and Technical Lead in the routine management of specimen reception and dissection room Undertake routine and complex laboratory work within the section ensuring the work is performed in an efficient, organised, and professional manner to provide a high quality, timely service. Train and mentor more junior members of BMS staff and doctors in training as required in specimen dissection. Assist in preparation and review of Standard Operating Procedures and other quality documentation relating to BMS Dissection. Provide advice to both internal and external colleagues on the suitability of specimens for analysis and the correct specimen pathway required.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the West Midlands, and is now the hub site for Black Country Pathology Services, supporting 4 partner trusts within this network. Thus providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfill our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the healthcare problems of tomorrow. We are passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experiences brings in enabling us to become a learning organization and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating a flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests based upon the service delivery

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work as part of a team providing a timely and accurate high quality Specimen Dissection service providing independent clinical practice for category B and C specimens and dissection of D and E specimens under training/supervision. Undertake histopathological dissection including the macroscopic description of surgically removed specimens, (weight, dimension, identification of anatomical and pathological features), examination, dissection and selection of tissue for further microscopical examination based on visible pathological features and assessment of the submitted clinical details. As competence is obtained in specimen dissection contribute as an independent practitioner. Carry out laboratory investigations and procedures (intra-operative frozen sections) and undertake further investigations/procedures based on the results as required. Apply specialised professional judgement, scientific knowledge and practical skills to complex problem solving and quality control issues and ensure that corrective actions occur in the event of non-compliance. Help in the management of the section by supervising, organising and planning operational activities within the section and will report non-compliances to their manager. Assist in the implementation and maintenance of a robust audit and slide review system for Specimen Dissection.

To see full list of duties and main responsibilities, please refer to the full job description attached to the vacancy on the Trust website.

Person Specification



  • Completion of the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice in Specimen Dissection
  • Completion or working towards the IBMS Advanced Specialist Diploma in Specimen Dissection
  • MSc Biomedical Science or equivalent laboratory experience


  • Substanital experience in specimen dissection
  • Ability to train and impart their skills and knowledge to other colleagues and trainees.



  • Demonstrate the scientific and clinical knowledge underpinning the practice of either Breast, Lower GI, Skins or Urological pathology specimen dissection and the practical competence required to accurately dissect all Lower GI or Breast specimens whether benign or malignant.


  • Good leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


The Royal Wolverhampton Trust (BCPS Hub Site)

Wednesfield Road


WV10 0QP

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