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A brilliant opportunity has arisen to work within this supportive, friendly team. You'll provide clerical support to a team of Clinical Histopathologists, ensuring that a high standard of service is maintained, deadlines met and to meet the needs of the patient and those of the department. The perfect role to learn the ins and outs of business.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday Total hours per week: 37.50

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To provide clerical support to a team of Clinical Histopathologists, ensuring that a high standard of service is maintained, deadlines met and to meet the needs of the patient and those of the department.

To keep accurate, up-to-date patient records using manual and electronic systems (TDHC – Histology database, Medway, CWP, HODS etc.) which involves data input and maintenance of various databases.  Other administrative duties include covering workload during absences, filing of paperwork, blocks and slides and dealing with multi- disciplinary meetings.


To work as part of a team and to provide clerical support to teams of Clinical Consultant Histopathologist, SpRs, BMS and Pathology Office staff.
Print run: appropriate dissemination of a variety of medical reports and pathology material, some of which is highly confidential.
Filing of medical reports and general filing.
Scanning paper files and reports into databases.
Ensuring accurate patient demographics when inputting personal and clinical data into on to databases and Medway systems – may involve resolving subsequent discrepancies.
Catalogue daily, all Christie pathological specimens (theatre/wards/departments) using Technidata and dealing with any subsequent problems.
Return pathological material to the referring hospital – recording relevant tracking information for accreditation and audit purposes using manual and/or electronic systems.
To provide clerical and organisation assistance in connection with trials and joint research projects (involving clinical departments and external bodies).
Organising special deliveries with various couriers.
Prepare various Multidisciplinary Team meetings (MDTs), ensuring all relevant information and pathological material is available in a timely manner on behalf of the Consultant Histopathologists.
Work with Histology Services  Manager and colleagues to improve quality and range of services, with resources being managed according to agreed policies and priorities.
Attend appropriate training and education sessions at the request of the manager.
To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post that are required by the Histology Service Manager and the Divisional Secretarial Service Manager.

To observe safety regulations and attend mandatory fire, manual handling and other courses as required.
To assist in the investigations of any incidents.
To be responsible for own professional/personal development, including participation in on-going appraisals and personal development plan.
To comply with CPP policy for annual mandatory updates and have knowledge of COSHH and Lifting and Handling Policies.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Business Administration Level 3

Remote learning with a dedicated development coach

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential full-time role for the right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Good timekeeping, Able to prioritise, Multi tasking, Can work under pressure


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

About the employer

The Christie Pathology Partnership was formed in 2014 and is a joint venture between The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and SYNLAB, the largest provider of laboratory pathology and diagnostic services in Europe. We provide Pathology services for The Christie, the largest single site cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 44,000 patients a year and recently rated Outstanding by the CQC. SYNLAB is the European leader in delivery of high quality pathology testing and imaging services. SYNLAB operates in 35 countries across four continents, employing more than 20,000 members of staff and conducting approximately 500 million tests per annum. SYNLAB in the UK is a trusted expert in clinical laboratory services and drug and alcohol testing. We provide a wide range of testing capabilities and advanced pathology services through to the most innovative molecular and genetic diagnostic tests available today.




550 Wilmslow Road



M20 4BX

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Training provider



Heather Duffield


Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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