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Deputy Mortuary Manager

Band 6

Main area
Mortuary Management
Band 6
Permanent: N/A
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5hrs over 5 days with shared on call to provide a 24/7 service)
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Leighton Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
26/01/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England with face to face contact with patients must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this position.

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Anatomical Pathology Technologist to join our friendly team at Leighton Hospital. Working with the Mortuary Manager you will have responsibility for delivering a full range of mortuary activities and take personal responsibility for the undertaking of all duties related to admission, identification and safe storage of deceased bodies for post mortem examination in accordance with the service procedures. 

qualified to Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology (or equivalent) with at least 2 years’ post Level 3 experience (or equivalent) · able to easily adopt a methodical approach to work at all times and be able to prioritise your workload effectively · possess a high level of resilience, emotional stability and maturity · able to deal with distressing situations in a professional, dignified and respectful manner · adaptable to change and able to contribute to service improvements · able to demonstrate the highest standards of personal conduct, honesty, integrity at all times · an effective team player You will assist  with post mortem examinations in-line with protocols, including high-risk cases when required and work out of hours on forensic cases at Royal Stoke Hospital as and when required. You will work under the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) as a Person Designated (PD) supporting the Designated Individual and will share on-call duty.

Deputy Mortuary Manager

Band 6


Full Time permanent

Main duties of the job

The post will be based at Leighton hospital but will require some rotation across all sites in the NMCPS Network including Royal Stoke, County, Leighton and Macclesfield Hospitals.

An interesting and exciting job opportunity has arisen for a qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist to join the mortuary team across the NMCPS network.

Applications are invited from versatile individuals who are good team workers with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. The ability to prioritise tasks together with effective communication is essential.

You will assist with the development and testing of emergency response plans for excessive deaths and mass fatalities. You will also facilitate viewings for families and next of kin, and police identifications in conjunction with the HM Coroner for Cheshire. You will be required to undertake a number of administrative tasks associated with case file preparation, protocols and working as part of a team. The post holder will be required to hold a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology or equivalent and have demonstrable experience of working in a mortuary setting. Experience in high risk and forensic post mortem examinations would be highly desirable.

You will assist the Mortuary Manager in supervising, coordinating and monitoring the performance and daily work schedules of all mortuary staff across Leighton and Macclesfield mortuaries.


Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

The University Hospital of North Midlands, Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts are working collaboratively to form a Pathology network in line with the NHSI directive.

The North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Services (NMCPS) formed in December 2020 and is a network collaboration between The University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM), Mid Cheshire and East Cheshire NHS Trusts (MCHFT). UHNM are the host provider of the network. NMCPS has mortuaries on our Macclesfield, Leighton, Stoke and Stafford sites.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a deputy mortuary manager you would be required to work alongside Mortuary Technologists (APTs) and undertake the daily tasks as part of the mortuary team to provide care to deceased patients.

You will be expected to assist with the care and handling of deceased patients and to meet face to face with bereaved relatives, funeral directors and other external agencies.

Acting with compassion you will put deceased patients at the centre of all you do.

You will communicate effectively with the mortuary team.

The mortuary core opening hours are 8am till 4pm with a rotational on call to cover the service 24/7, however, during winter months (November – March) the core hours are extended to accommodate for changes in service provision due to the demand on capacity.

You will show courage by embracing new ways of working and doing the right thing by the people you care for, including speaking up when you have concerns.

The post holder will be required to perform a range of routine and non-routine tasks within the mortuary, following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including the Pathology Quality Policy to provide support to the mortuary manager in order to ensure a high quality service.

To plan, organise and carry out own routine work in all sections of the Mortuary as required by the mortuary manager.

To assist in the development of mortuary procedures and protocols for the mortuary service.

To work within the written Policies and Procedures of the Department especially in relation to Health and Safety and Quality. Assists with the monitoring of quality standards within the department.

Maintains clinical records in relation to work carried out.

To support the mortuary manager in providing a professional and dignified mortuary service for the trust covering the 2 mortuaries in Cheshire for the NMCPS network.

A relocation package of up to £7,999 is offered


Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Certificate and Diploma (pre 2014) Level 3 and 4 Diploma or (Working towards Level 4) in Anatomical Pathology Technology
  • Excellent standard of literacy and numeracy
Desirable criteria
  • Management qualification


Essential criteria
  • At extensive experience in a Mortuary and Post Mortem Room environment
  • Knowledge of the Coroner’s system
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of hospital departments & medical records


Essential criteria
  • Ability to plan and instruct junior staff
  • Attention to detail in record keeping, hygiene & health & safety
Desirable criteria
  • Excellent telephone skills

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity
Positive about disabled peopleAge positiveArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mike Elton
Job title
Mortuary Manager
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Telephone number
01782 672888