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  • Role title

    Locum Consultant Histopathologist

  • Tenure

    Temporary, full time and pensionable appointment

  • Category of contract

    Type B Contract

  • Commencement date

    February 2021

  • Department

    LabMed Directorate

  • Directorate

    LabMed (Laboratory Medicine)

  • Grade


  • Salary

    Basic salary will be applied in line with approved HSE salary scales. The current salary scale for a new entrant Consultant on a type B contract ranges from €135,790 to €178,583. (as per 1st October 2020 consolidated salary scales). Incremental credit will be awarded in accordance with the revised HSE framework for the application of increment credit to new entrant Consultants. (commensurate with experience and qualifications)

  • Job reference number

    LABMED_HISTO_21 01

  • Enquiries to

    Interested applicants are encouraged to discuss details of this post with:

    Dr Richard Flavin ( ), Head of Department, St James’s Hospital and/or Professor Stephen Finn ( , Associate Professor / Consultant Pathologist,Trinity College Dublin & St James’s Hospital.

  • Closing date


  • Post Type

    Temporary, Full Time & Pensionable

  • Annual leave per annum

    30 Days

  • Period of notice

    3 month's notice

  • Normal working hours

    39 hours per week

  • The Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology(LabMed) Directorate is a fully accredited service and comprises the clinical laboratory disciplines of:

    • Biochemistry (including Point of Care Testing),
    • Cancer Molecular Diagnostics
    • Haematology (incorporating Coagulation and Cryobiology),
    • Histopathology (incorporating Cytopathology)
    • Immunology
    • The Irish Mycobacteria Reference Laboratory (IMRL)
    • Microbiology (incorporating Virology and Infection Prevention and Control)
    • The National MRSA Reference Laboratory (NMRSARL)
    • Phlebotomy
    • Transfusion Medicine (incorporating Haemovigilance).

    The Directorate is responsible for the overall management and development of the Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services in support of St James’s Hospital and General Practitioners, and also provides a referral service for hospitals, laboratories and other agencies throughout the country. The laboratory medicine directorate has two national reference laboratories and is also a national referral laboratory for many specialties in laboratory medicine.

  • The Department of Histopathology and Cytopathology at St James’s Hospital offers subspecialised diagnostic services in: gastrointestinal pathology, hepatopathology,

    non-gynaecological cytopathology, haematopathology, dermatopathology, soft tissue pathology, breast, lung, urological, head and neck, ENT and gynaecological pathology and contributes to the extensive MDT meeting schedule for the hospital.

    The department was accredited by INAB (ISO 15189) in 2018.

    The department has a strong reputation for postgraduate training and research.

    The Academic Department of Histopathology at Trinity College Dublin provides teaching to medical undergraduates in their 3rd and 4th medical years. Research laboratories are based at St James’s Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and the Coombe Women’s Hospital, and offer a full range of genomic, functional genomic and proteomic facilities.

    The department offers several excellent diagnostic facilities including automated immunohistochemistry, cancer molecular diagnostics and flow cytometry in collaboration with the Department of Haematology.

    The Histopathology Department is currently staffed by:

    • 11.6 WTE Histopathologists
    • 4.5 Specialist Registrars
    • 3 SHOs
    • 0.5 TCD lecturer

    The scientific and ancillary staff complement includes:

    • 1 Chief Medical Scientist
    • 7 Senior Medical Laboratory Scientists
    • 16 Medical Laboratory Scientists
    • 5 Laboratory Aides
    • 7 Clerical staff

    The annual adjusted workload is increasing year on year. There were approximately 25,000 histopathology requests in 2020).The department predominantly provides diagnostic opinion for in-patients from St. James’s Hospital and for GPs within the Eastern Region. The department also has a large referral service.

    The department participates in a wide range of NEQAS external quality schemes.


    There were 5000 non-gynaecological cytology requests in . 2020

    The department of Cytopathology uses liquid based cytology and is accordingly automated.

    There are 1.0 WTE consultants in Cytopathology, providing non-gynae cytology services.

    The scientific staff complement includes one senior medical scientist, one medical laboratory aide and two medical scientists.

    The Research Department of Histopathology and Morbid Anatomy based at St. James’s Hospital, Coombe Women’s & Infants University Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, affords the appointee state of the art molecular biology facilities: including CGH, cDNA array, real-time quantitative PCR, FISH, mFISH, cloning, in situ hybridization and sequencing facilities.

  • Clinical

    The successful candidate will have a primary base in St. James’s Hospital working with consultant histopathology colleagues to ensure a seamless consultant-delivered Histopathology service.

    In line with the Approval Letter for this Post, the successful candidate will be required to:

    • Report histopathology/cytopathology specimens at St. James’s Hospital according to the needs of the department and the subspeciality interests of the appointee
    • Participate in and contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings
    • Partake in the reporting of the general biopsy pool according to the needs of the department
    • Provide clinical Histopathology advice and consultation on in-patients
    • Supervise and teach Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors
    • In consultation with Consultant colleagues, oversee laboratory administration to ensure continued accreditation to ISO 15189.
    • Carry out other departmental audit, administrative and managerial duties.
    • Participate in the Histopathology on call advisory service


    • Participate in Continuous Professional Development in line with professional competency requirements and in accordance with the requirements of the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007
    • Maintain registration on the Register of Medical Specialists of the Medical Council of Ireland.
    • Participate in and facilitate the Continuous Professional Development of the Laboratory Technical and scientific staff.
    • Participate in Hospital educational programmes for all related groups of staff


    • Contribute to research within the Department of Histopathology.
    • Direct and facilitate appropriate Histopathology research projects.
    • Seek collaboration with other institutions in relevant research areas.
    • Develop and collaborate on clinical, laboratory or other research as appropriate to the specialty on a local, regional and national basis.
    • Compete for research funding from appropriate bodies.


    • Plan, develop and maintain responsibility for clinical audit programmes within the Histopathology Department in conjunction with consultant colleagues and in accordance with the Hospital’s clinical governance structure.
    • Participate in Medical Audit.
    • Assist in the collation of all data/information required in accordance with regulatory, statutory and corporate policies and procedures


    • Contribute to the training of histopathology trainees (SHOs and SpRs) in the department
    • Participate in teaching, including undergraduate/postgraduate teaching as part of the Department of Histopathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin in addition to related teaching and education requirements for clinical, scientific and other allied health care staff.

     Management and Administration

    • To work within the framework of the hospital’s service plan and/or levels of service (volume, types etc.) as determined by St James’s Hospital. Service planning for individual clinical services will be progressed through the Clinical Directorate structure.
    • To participate in the development and operation of the Clinical Directorate structure and in such management or representative structures as are in place or being developed.
    •  To participate in and facilitate production of all data/information required to validate delivery of duties and functions and inform planning and management of service delivery.
    •  To collaborate with Hospital Management, Directors of Nursing, Medical and Surgical Staff of the hospital in all matters pertaining to the general efficiency of the hospital.

    The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

  • Registration as a Specialist in the Specialist Division of the Registrar of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council in Ireland in the Speciality of Histopathology.

    Note: The successful interviewee must be registered as a Specialist in the relevant specialty on the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland before taking up appointment. The candidate will be allowed a max of 180 calendar days from date of interview to secure this registration and produce evidence of special interest training where relevant

  • It is anticipated that the applicant will have a strong background in diagnostic histopathology/cytopathology. The appointee will provide expert subspecialist diagnosis in collaboration with other consultant histopathologists, participate in MDT meetings and engage in teaching of trainee histopathologists, medical students and laboratory scientists.

    Clinical Care: To demonstrate the ability to provide a level of clinical care required by this post according to the standards and requirements set by statutory and regulatory bodies.

    Communication: To illustrate a high level of verbal and non-verbal skills in order to effectively communicate with colleagues, hospital staff and management.

    Administration & Management Skills: To demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency so as to enable the appointee to manage his/her staff and service and to be able to interact with and participate in hospital management structures as required. Furthermore, the appointee should demonstrate the ability to lead, supervise and be responsible for the clinical work of his / her multi-professional team.

    Organisational Awareness: Provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of the structure and governance of this and similar organisations.

    Teaching: To demonstrate skills required for educational training to trainee pathologists, medical students and other healthcare professionals. 

    Research: To demonstrate a proven ability and track record of engagement in research relating to the specialty.

    Continuing Education: To demonstrate a proven record of undertaking continuing medical education and continuous professional development.

    Audit: The appointee will be required to provide evidence of participation in / initiation of audit and quality projects.

  • To apply for this position, please submit an updated Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to:

    Alternatively, you may forward a letter of application with CV to Medical Workforce Unit, HR Directorate, Hospital 1 Top Floor, St James’s Hospital.

  • A level of proficiency in the English language, written and spoken, is a requirement of all roles within St James’s Hospital. Your proficiency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview process appropriate to the role available. Nursing and other general staff will be required to self-assess their proficiency level in the Standard Application Form.

    1. The Hospital Board will not be responsible for the loss or theft of personal belongings.
    2. Fire orders must be observed and staff must complete fire training every 2 years.
    3. All accidents within the department must be reported immediately.
    4. In accordance with the “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005”, all staff must comply with all safety regulations.
    5. St James's Hospital is a tobacco free Campus. The use of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is not permitted within the hospital buildings or on the grounds.
  • In the course of your employment you may have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff, or other health services business. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instructions of an authorised officer, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other health service business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

  • A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

  • It is the responsibility of all staff across the hospital to ensure that infection control and hygiene standards are adhered to and maintained at all times.

    • Approval to hire (VAF process)
    • Hiring Manager – role profile
    • Advertising
    • Application Process
    • Shortlisting of Candidates will be based on information provided
    • Interview Process
    • All applicants who move to the 2nd stage of the Selection process (i.e. post interview) will be subject to Reference Checking X 2, Self-Declaration, Garda Clearance and Occupational Health Screening (Questionnaire)

    St James's Hospital is an Equal Opportunities Employer