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Anatomical Pathology Technologist


You work in the mortuary of Hull Royal Infirmary. Starting at 9am, your first duties are to check the mortuary and post-mortem room are clean and tidy with equipment cleaned and stored correctly, ready for the pathologist. This morning, you’re meeting a couple here to identify their son’s body. You’re sympathetic and courteous as you help the pathologist show them the body. You update the records and support the relatives to begin funeral proceedings. Later, you help the pathologist carry out a post-mortem on the body of someone killed in a car accident and collect clinical samples for further examination.


You’re responsible, reliable and mature. You’re not squeamish and are good at dealing sympathetically with people in emotional distress.


Although formal qualifications aren’t usually essential, many hospitals will prefer that you demonstrate a good general education by obtaining GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C) grade in science, maths and English (or the equivalent). When you leave school, you can apply directly for jobs.

A-Levels (or the equivalent) aren’t essential for this role although any science qualifications will be beneficial. After your GCSEs, apply for a position as a trainee anatomical pathology technologist where you’d usually study for A-Level 3 diploma in anatomical pathology technology.

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