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Anatomical Pathology Technologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inclusive
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Great Ormond Street Hospital Mortuary is inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the post of an Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT).

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our HTA and ISO credited forward thinking team. We will consider applicants who are awaiting a Pass award for the level 3 diploma in APT in 2024. You will already have a significant range of skills and expertise in a mortuary environment. You must be able to communicate well with people and be willing to participate in all activities related to the mortuary. You will work as part of a team, with other professionals and provide an exceptional service.

The duties are both physical and practical and include document control (electronic and written), preparing patients for family visits and dealing with families directly. Meticulous attention to detail, recall of information, and ability to work with others, especially the bereaved, is vital. You will have experience and a clear understanding of working with the deceased and bereaved ideally in a paediatric/perinatal environment. You will demonstrate knowledge of the processes following death including documentation and options available to the bereaved. Demonstration of knowledge of the following standards relevant to the processes applied in the mortuary environment is expected: HTA, ISO (ISO 15189), and Bereavement Services Standards.

Main duties of the job

  • To participate in all mortuary procedures including administration, cleaning and assistance at post mortem and research.
  • To ensure all documentation and electronic records are accurate and completed daily
  • To receive and make calls as necessary ensuring confidentiality and information issues are maintained
  • Participates in the routine and specialist work of the Department which will include: admission, measuring and registration of patients ensuring they are identified and cared for in a suitable manner
  • Receiving referrals from internal and external service users and providing accurate information regarding time scales
  • Assisting service users with their enquiries ensuring Trust policy is followed.
  • To be responsible for identifying and addressing your own continuing professional development and maintaining a personal CPD folder. Maintain expertise and awareness of developments that affect the service provided and identify changes that might be necessary to ensure the service provided is relevant and current
  • Maintain a record of training and competency for all activities
  • To keep up-to-date with current mortuary and bereavement practices and guidance from the Human Tissue Authority, the Health and Safety Executive and any otherprofessional bodies and organisations e.g. (SANDS) relating to mortuaries, postmortem rooms and retained organs and Department of Health.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Certificate and Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology. (RSPH or RIPHH) Or Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology.
  • GCSE in Maths, English and Science
  • Fellowship of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


  • Science Council registered
  • Training and experience of working in a paediatric area



  • Knowledge of Coroners and Hospital documentation, including consent forms and information necessary to carry out post mortem examinations
  • Medical Terminology
  • An understanding and experience of participation in relevant inspections such as HTA, CPA, UKAS, CQC
  • Demonstrate CPD activities and reflective learning
  • Experience assisting with viewings for the bereaved


  • Experience of teaching/training other professionals. Supervision of other staff and visitors.



  • Ability to eviscerate and reconstruct all types of post mortems. (Coroners, Forensic, Paediatric, Neuropath, Infection risk)
  • Ability to liaise with others, plan and prioritise referrals and carry out all general duties
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to multi-task and prioritise work. Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work without supervision and to organise and manage own workload and meet deadlines
  • Competent computer skills, use of QPulse, PIMs, PACS or other mortuary electronic recording systems


  • Ability to take post mortem consent.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital



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