newAnatomical Pathology Technician Trainee

Date Posted: 7 days ago
Salary: £22,608 - £23,016 a year

Job Description

About Us:


The Environment and City Management team in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories. We love it when our work touches lives.

Take Stepping to the Beat, our 3k walk, jog or run for people with learning or physical disabilities or Autism, their families and carers. It’s a life-affirming, music-based event Coreen and Claudia are massively proud of – and they were keen for people to spread the word. So, imagine how thrilled they were when one of our residents, Giro, did just that. Advocating for people with disabilities at a planning meeting for transport in London, he was proudly wearing his event medal. And he decided to use it to encourage others. As he passed it around the room, Giro inspired lots more people with disabilities to get involved. Infectious enthusiasm goes a long way here.

The Role:

As a Trainee Anatomical Pathology Technician (TAPT) who is equally keen to make a difference, you can make your own powerful contribution. In this 4-year training role, you will have the chance to gain accredited qualifications while working in a number of fast-paced mortuary environments. Splitting your time between Westminster Public Mortuary and local NHS trusts, you will combine both practical and theory-based studies in order to ultimately achieve your RSPH Level 3 Diploma Course in Anatomical Pathology Technology, (which is awarded by the Royal Society for Public Health.)

Handling a wide variety of mortuary activities, you will support Pathologists in conducting post-mortem examinations. This will include handling the administrative side of the mortuaries’ activities, such as taking care of the receipt of bodies and their release for burial or cremation. You will also organise formal viewings of bodies, providing a sympathetic and supportive service for relatives at these difficult times.

Keen to learn the relevant legislation and health and safety requirements, you will help us ensure our service targets are being met, and you will ensure records and databases are being maintained to the highest standards.

While you will work regular hours, you will be flexible in supporting our on-call system, which may mean occasionally providing out-of-hours cover. As you will be working with a wide variety of stakeholders including HM Coroner’s Office, the Police, numerous funeral directors, and the families of deceased relatives, every day will present you with a wide variety of challenges that will require different approaches.

Our entire team are committed to playing their part in protecting public health, so this is a great opportunity to join skilled colleagues who are keen to share their knowledge and put you on the path to a fascinating career.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

This role offers a fantastic learning curve for people who are interested in pathology and anatomy, while ensuring dignity and care of deceased people. To be equal to the challenge you will therefore be comfortable using a variety of information systems, and you will have good IT skills. With the ability to handle your own workload, you will enjoy taking on the planning and delivery of projects. This will include the capacity to write concise reports and maintain computerised records, so you will have excellence verbal and written communication skills and you will bring a customer focus to all that you do. It is important that you can work unsupervised, and that you have the common sense to ask for help when required. While experience in a mortuary would be advantageous, it is not essential to the successful completion of this role, as long as you are ready to handle multiple challenges and learn in a dynamic workplace.

What We Offer:

Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses, and three-quarters -of-a-million people working here every day. Our mission is to create a city for all. We’re an organisation that wants the very best for our residents: a supportive and safe environment, the chance to grow and learn throughout their lives, to build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, to have access to high quality, affordable homes and to retire into the community with dignity and pride.

At Westminster City Council, we believe everyone should be valued, and we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. As such, we particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. Quite simply, we’re committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can succeed.

We appreciate that people work in different ways. As a progressive and innovative organisation, we welcome applications from candidates keen on working in an agile environment. Furthermore, as a Timewise employer we strive to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best. With such a commitment to helping our people achieve a great work/life balance, we were delighted to be awarded the ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative’ in the Business Culture Awards 2020, while we were Highly Commended in the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ category

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