Anatomical Pathology Technologist - Band 5

North Bristol NHS Trust


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Job summary

Southmead Hospital are looking for a qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist to join the existing Mortuary team providing a service within Brunel and St Michael's Hospital Bristol. The team provide a paediatric and perinatal post mortem service to most of the hospitals in the South West of England. The team also provide a service within Southmead Hospital storing deceased adults and babies until they are released for funeral.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be required to work directly in all areas of the mortuary. This will include assisting in conducting post mortems, eviscerations, taking and recording samples for laboratory analysis, arranging sensitive disposal of pregnancy remains, release and receipt of deceased and organising viewings for relatives. The post mortem workload will include babies, children, and adults and require specialist skills for removing internal organs, reconstruction of the body, forensic examinations, and high risk cases.

The successful candidate will hold the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology or equivalent and have technical skills and knowledge of mortuary regulations, procedures, and good practice. They will assist in the supervision and training of Trainee APTs / Mortuary Assistants, and other hospital staff who perform duties in the mortuary. Perinatal and Paediatric training and experience is desirable but training will be provided to candidates with relevant previous experience.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is the largest acute trust in the South West of England. NBT is a National Health Service trust, providing hospital and community healthcare services to Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Southmead hospital is a designated Major Trauma Centre, as well as a regional referral centre for renal medicine, urology, vascular and transplant surgery, neurology and neurosurgery.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supervise mortuary service provision in Brunel mortuary and provide support for the post mortem service at St Michaels hospital as and when needed.

Person Specification



  • Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology
  • Knowledge of mortuary practice obtained through recent and relevant experience


  • Paediatric Anatomical Pathology Technology experience
  • Registration as an APT with the Academy for Healthcare Sciences or Science Council

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Southmead Hospital

Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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For help with your application, contact:

Amy Lee


Date posted

20 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £31,534 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Southmead Hospital

Southmead Road


BS10 5NB

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