Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT)



Closing Date:

21 Apr 2024

Job description

Contract Terms

Contract Type: Full -Time, FTC until November 2024
Salary: PO1 £ 37,443 – £39,264 per annum
Closing Date: Sunday 21st April 2024

About Haringey

Haringey Council is one of 32 in London. Haringey is an extremely diverse borough, and the Council has set clear ambitious objectives through its borough plan to make Haringey a better place to live, encourage investment and create opportunities that all can share. Haringey’s vision for the future is one of sustainable growth, in housing and jobs and on helping our residents and businesses take advantage of that growth. We have got huge ambitions for Haringey. As the shape of local government continues to change, we are determined to rise to the challenge and find new ways to ensure that our residents enjoy the best opportunities in life. Working at Haringey gives you the opportunity to play a part in meeting those ambitions on behalf of everyone who calls the borough their home.

About the role

  • To perform and assist the pathologist with postmortems. Evisceration and reconstruction of deceased.
  • Manage bodies for postmortem examination, exercising judgement on the extent of such preparation so as not to jeopardise subsequent forensic investigations and/or criminal proceedings, record findings for the pathologist.
  • Manage the needs and availability of pathologists which includes different start time or finish times.
  • Organisation of collection, transport, storage and packaging of samples taken under the HTA, PACE or toxicology requests including relevant paperwork.
  • Updating and auditing of Mortuary Database for accuracy of data.
  • To conduct postmortems on deceased who are a possible or known high risk (HIV, HEP B, C etc.) including the collection of specimens, safe storage and distribution to specialist centres.
  • Support the delivery of the forensic postmortem service.
  • Accommodate Police ID, assisted by Family Liaison Officer (FLO).
  • To manage mortuary shared inbox and answer phone and designate information or emails accordingly
  • Partake in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity
  • Good general knowledge of Microsoft office applications. (Excel/Word/Access)
  • To assist the Designated Individual under the licence from the Human Tissues Authority as the Person Designated (PD).
  • To follow Human Tissue Authority (HTA) & Haringey Councils Codes of Practice and Guidance to ensure the mortuary department complies with relevant standards.

About you

  • An appropriate professional qualification such as a Certificate/Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology or Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Science.
  • Knowledge and post qualification experience in mortuary work including high risk and forensic post mortems
  • Ability to use equipment and IT applications and interpret electronic information accurately.
  • Experience of working on own initiative, demonstrating the ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible approach to working hours, duties and location to meet the needs of the service
  • An understanding and application of the importance of customer focused service where service delivery and advice is vital.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet performance targets.
  • Ability to work safely and effectively under pressure
  • Ability to implement and assist in developing policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in carrying out audits of mortuaries and solving non compliance
  • Knowledge of the Human Tissue Act and guidelines
  • Knowledge of developments in the field of Mortuary Services
  • A broad understanding of Health understanding regulations and acceptance of responsibility for their practical application
  • Ability to deal sensitively with bereaved families of all religions/cultures in a tactful and sensitive matter.
  • Attention to detail when checking patients information on request forms/specimens
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with a range of different people, including all levels of pathology/hospital staff, Coroner and the community.
  • Written communication skills in order to complete audit and accurately record data required and Ability to record and transfer data accurately
  • Physical mobility and ability to lift and move bodies as required for the purpose of preparing bodies for post-mortem and storage


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