Pathology in the UK
Pathology is the study of disease and acts as the bridge between science and medicine; every blood test, biopsy sample, cancer screening test or search for infection across the UK will involve a Pathology team.
The Royal College of Pathologists recognise 17 pathology specialities. Generally speaking, doctors in Pathology will most frequently work in the below specialisms:
- Cellular Pathology/Histopathology
- Microbiology and Virology
- Clinical Biochemistry (also known as Chemical Pathology)
Some of the smaller, but equally important, areas focus on genetics & reproduction, toxins, animal disease and immunity.
Pathologists are highly sought after across the UK, most notably due to a nationwide increase in demand for Pathology services, an increasing number of retirements (particularly at Consultant level) and fewer doctors entering UK training schemes in Pathology.
Working as a Pathologist in the UK: What’s required?
In short, MRCP or FRCPath are the most preferable qualifications for Microbiology, Virology and Haematology. FRCPath is the most desirable qualification for Cellular Pathology/Histopathology.
Of course, doctors who have completed the PLAB examination and have considerable experience in Pathology will also have access to opportunities across the UK.
Pathologists from within the EEA (European Economic Area), who have completed a postgraduate qualification in their home country, are able to use this qualification, accompanied with a pass in either OET or IELTS, to attain GMC registration.
For a list of which countries fall within the EEA, please click here.
If you are interested in working in the UK, want to discuss available job opportunities or may have already begun your journey and just need further advice, please contact our team today.