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Anatomical Pathology Technician

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 Anatomical Pathology Technician 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is at a truly exciting time of transformation. Through our Trust Strategy we will achieve the delivery of safe, accessible, high quality and sustainable healthcare services in North Cumbria for the next generation.

The Trust provides a comprehensive range of general acute hospital services and community healthcare we are currently working with the Commissioners to help develop a comprehensive service for the whole of Cumbria.

We are looking for a competent and professional Anatomical Pathology Technician working in the Mortuary based at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. This is a permanent position working 37.5 hours per week.

The post holder will work alongside another Anatomical Pathology Technicians and Mortuary Assistants based in both the Mortuary at the Cumberland Infirmary and Body Storage Facility at the West Cumberland Hospital Whitehaven to provide an effective and efficient administrative service.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the out of hours service

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job will be the day to day provision of post mortem services for North Cumbria.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Royal Society for Public Health Diploma level 3 and 4 in anatomical pathology or equivalent
  • Essential IT skills

Skills and aptitudes


  • Skilled dissection techniques for post mortem examination
  • Able to use initiative appropriately and prioritise work
  • Good communication skills
  • Good keyboard skills and experienced in Microsoft Office and Laboratory Information Systems
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Able to follow strict procedures and protocols
  • Able to take the lead in proposing new ideas and approaches
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Able to disseminate information effectively to junior staff
  • Good organisational skills


  • Experienced user of eQMS systems

Personal Circumstances


  • Compassionate, Well motivated, Innovative, Confident

Other requirements


  • Commitment to personal development
  • Able to participate in the on call rota
  • Cross site working



  • Mortuary theory and practice.
  • The law concerning deaths and their certification.
  • Role of the coroner
  • Requirements of the Human Tissue Act 2004.
  • Requirements of UKAS 15189 standards.
  • COSHH, infection control and other safety regulations or policies pertinent to mortuary work.


  • Experience in assisting in forensic PMs



  • Mortuary work.
  • Assisting at post mortem examination.
  • Specialist procedures e.g. removal of spinal cord, inner ears, eyes, maxilla and mandible.
  • Mortuary health and safety, including safe handling of bodies.
  • Training others in mortuary work.


  • Knowledge of end of life care
  • Knowledge of HTARI classification.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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