Skip to main content

This site is independent of the NHS and the Department of Health.

Please wait, loading

Job summary

Main area
Anatomical Pathology and End of Life care
NHS AfC: Band 7
Flexible working
Job ref
390-BNK-Mortuary Manager
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
19/08/2022 23:59

Employer heading

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Bank Mortuary Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend,  is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.


With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.  


Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.


Patients will experience improved care as well as fewer delays and cancellations.  We are able to provide more once-in-a-lifetime specialist care region-wide. With our new trust size will come more opportunities for development, research, networking and innovation.


We aim to make the most of our skills and experiences so we can become the best we can be. As one organisation we will recruit the finest and retain more specialist staff due to more employment opportunities across our Trust.



Job overview

JOB TITLE:  Mortuary Manager            

LOCATION: Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation trust                                                 

DIRECTORATE: Care Group 4, Division 9, Pathology Services


GRADE: Band 7

RESPONSIBLE TO: Service Manager & Lead Consultant Pathologist

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Designated Individual (DI), Head of Nursing & Quality


Main duties of the job



To provide a specialist safe, secure, effective and comprehensive mortuary and post mortem service for the needs of Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Pathologists, Coroner and the Community. 


The post holder will be required to manage the day to day support and supervision of both the APT and Trainee APT. The post holder will be required to hold both the Certificate and the Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology; work unsupervised and

performs a broad range of duties. The post holder will provide an expert level of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience.


The post holder will provide practical assistance to the Pathologist whilst in attendance and ensure that safe practices and Standard Operating Procedures are adhered to in every aspect of the department’s work. They will ensure the efficient day-to-day running of the department, directing staff and allocating duties; being responsible for essential user maintenance and excellent standards of cleanliness and sterilisation of mortuary equipment as required. The post holder will ensure that appropriate techniques are applied by staff when assisting in post mortem examinations and identify potential hazards to health and take measures to eliminate or minimise risks in the Mortuary.

They will demonstrate and apply knowledge of the laws and codes of practice relating to the Mortuary and all aspects of its function including those in relation to deceased and ensure that all staff adhere to these. They will supervise all visitors to the department and deal sympathetically with grieving relatives. Train, manage and develop junior personnel and promote excellence and respect in the management of deceased when liaising with Funeral Directors, Porters and other agencies.


The post holder will also be responsible for ensuring that full implementation of licencing and regulatory requirements are met. 


Working for our organisation

Bank at MSE Trust are looking for applicants to join the Hospital Bank team. Joining the Staff Bank with Mid and South Essex Trust offers you the flexibility to pick up shifts which suit your lifestyle, meaning that you can pick up anything from full time lines of work to the occasional shift.

The many benefits of joining the Mid and South Essex Trust Bank are listed below: Flexible working patterns – including first choice of available Bank shifts – Day / Night / Weekends. Access to the NHS Stakeholder Pension & NHS discounts.

Weekly payroll service. Training and development opportunities including free access to mandatory training. Occupational Health service. 24 hour booking service. To apply for this opportunity all candidates must have eligibility to work in the UK

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

see JD for full details

Person specification

Personal Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Able to work in an environment with a large number of deceased
Desirable criteria
  • Already has experience dealing with Bereaved families


Essential criteria
  • Background knowledge of End of Life care
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of ward-based practice in last offices

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerNHS Rainbow badgeStonewall Silver 2022

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people 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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Kim Berwick
Job title
General Manager Clinical Pathology – Care Group 4
Email address
Apply online nowAlert me to similar vacancies