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Head of Pathology IT

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Service (NMPCS) is a network providing Pathology services to the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, and East Cheshire NHS Trust.

The network is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to lead Pathology IT. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for someone to help shape and deliver next generation pathology digital services and contribute to service transformation at scale.

The network is expected to expand to include Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) after which there is an expectation that the post holder will also have line management responsibilities for the SaTH Pathology IT team.

The post holderwill be expected to provide technical expertise across Pathology digital systems and provide management and leadership to the Pathology IT team. They will lead and support the development and maintenance of the Pathology IT solutions across NMCPS. The post-holder will have extensive clinical systems management experience and will lead on the development of the Pathology digital systems roadmap to improve both clinical and operational processes to support divisional objectives.

The network is currently at the latter stages of implementing a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as well as a new Digital Pathology solution.

The post holder will be part of the NMCPS Senior management team and will report professionally to UHNM Trust IT.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead and support the development and maintenance of the Pathology IT solutions across the N8 Pathology network. They will develop and manage the resource levels, skills and abilities of the Pathology IT team required to sustain the efficient, economic and effective activity of the network.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve .

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this vacancy, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification or contact the Hiring Manager.

Person Specification



  • Postgraduate management qualification or at least 5 years experience managing a complex NHS (or similar) service



  • Project or programme management qualification (Prince2, APMP, MSP)
  • ITIL Practitioner/Foundation



  • Educated to Master's degree level (or equivalent experience).


  • Evidence of on-going professional development

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience


  • Experience in a managerial or leadership role including the development of staff, the coordination of a team and the scheduling of workload.
  • Extensive experience of clinical systems management and understanding of workflow
  • Experience of identifying developing technologies to support diagnostics
  • Experience of working with a wide range of staff groups and multidisciplinary groups in an acute setting to improve systems / services and change working practises
  • Experience of troubleshooting and resolving issues at all levels
  • Development of solutions to meet operational and clinical requirements in the NHS
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in analysis,design and presentation methods relating to information systems, using a range of software
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office, including Email, and the Internet.
  • Knowledge of the Change Management process
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a persuasive manner, a range of highly complex information to large groups and senior managers
  • A logical approach to investigating, analysing and resolving data and programming problems
  • Ability to organise self & others and to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to work to deadlines, prioritise multiple tasks and manage in a busy climate.
  • Good numerical and analytical skills and attentive to detail.
  • Facilitation skills
  • Extensive understanding of diagnostics systems in an Acute environment
  • Experience of working with IM& T Teams through system changes, upgrades and testing lifecycles
  • Significant understanding and the interdependencies of systems integration
  • Understanding of multidisciplinary clinical components involved during a patients journey in an Acute Trust.
  • Understanding the patient and data flows within a diagnostic setting and across the wider trust
  • Detailed knowledge of strategic developments in the NHS
  • Knowledge of the national IM& T strategy
  • Understanding of the strategic aims of the diagnostic systems for within an Acute setting


  • Experience of process redesign.
  • Experience of developing evidence based protocols
  • Project management skills
  • Proficient in the analysis and process mapping of clinical workflows.
  • Knowledge of the benefits realisation process

personal Qualities


  • A progressive thinker who would relish the opportunity to improve the delivery of clinical care and fundamentally change how healthcare professionals will work in the context of the NHS modernisation agenda.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good productive working relationships
  • Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised, completing all work with attention to detail and a willingness to share information
  • Desire to continue to learn and develop on a personal and professional on an on-going basis
  • Flexible approach to working time

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Royal Stoke Hospital

Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


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