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Senior Anatomical Pathology Technician (APT)

NHS AfC: Band 5

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Anatomical Pathology Technician (APT)
NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
£24,214 - £30,112pa
02/09/2019 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.


As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.


Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

An opportunity has arisen for a motivated and suitably qualified Senior Anatomical Pathology Technician to work in the Mortuary Department based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The successful candidate will join a small team of experienced APTs in this HTA licensed, UKAS 15189:2012 accredited Mortuary. The Mortuary has a body store to accommodate 120 deceased, two viewing rooms, a large post mortem room and separate forensic/infectious post mortem suite. The Mortuary performs in excess of 650 routine and special post mortems per year. The successful applicant will be motivated, well organised, have a meticulous attention to detail and be highly skilled with the ability to multi-task effectively and accurately.

The successful applicant will be expected to co-ordinate the scientific and technical aspects of the hospital mortuary in conjunction with APT colleagues and perform all duties and functions within the mortuary under the direction of the Mortuary and Bereavement Office Manager.

An RSPH Diploma in Anatomical Pathology or equivalent, with previous experience in a busy mortuary is essential. However applications may be considered from less experienced candidates seeking the qualification (banding/salary would be subject to qualifications and experience).

Hours of duty will be Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 3:45pm. The post holder will be required to participate in an out of hour’s on-call service.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact the Mortuary Manager, Carla McCaffrey on 01253 956832 (


Cellular Pathology Manager, Joanne Sharples on 01253 953151 (