Paediatrics and Perinatal Pathology


Programme Director - Vacant

Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien

People Services Officer - Lead Employer Trust - Allyson Ashwell / Christian Collins - 0191 275 4753/4783

Welcome to Paediatrics and Perinatal Pathology. We aim to provide useful information to potential future and current Specialist Trainees, Paediatrics and Perinatal Pathology Trainers and all others interested in the paediatrics and perinatal pathology training opportunities in Health Education North East. We hope you will find this website a useful resource and an easy way of finding links to paediatrics and perinatal pathology related sites.


The specialty of paediatric and perinatal pathology offers a range of career options. There are general histopathology posts in general district hospitals, with sessions in perinatal pathology; predominantly fetal and perinatal pathology posts at senior lecturer or consultant grade in academic departments of pathology; and equivalent posts in maternity hospitals. Most of our children's hospitals have pathology departments with two or more senior posts. Some of these units provide a regional fetal and neonatal pathology service, as well as specialist pathology services for the children's hospital.


There are also opportunities for teaching. Most paediatric/perinatal pathologists have an active teaching role at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. And the development of the new curriculum offers opportunities for project-based small group teaching in both the pre-clinical and clinical course.


What makes perinatal/paediatric pathology, so rewarding is the close collaboration with a range of very committed clinicians. Important and regular contacts are made with neonatologists and other specialist paediatricians and paediatric surgeons. Working with children seems to promote a spirit of accessibility, cooperativeness, and openness and the knowledge that what you find will be used for that child, for that mother, for the extended family, and for the implementation of optimal clinical practice, is the best stimulus of all. Paediatric pathology is not about reflecting on what's really happened; it's about laying foundations for a better future.


Training in Health Education England North Easts involves training at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. This is part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For more information about the training programme, please visit the Paediatric and Perinatal Curriculum.


To find out more about our region and Trusts please visit the Find Your Place website.


Information for Current Trainees

Access essential information on regulations, study leave, certification, assessment and the curriculum.

Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

Visit our Recruitment website to find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the north east and north Cumbria.