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Pathology Department

Coventry & Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS) is a large pathology network hosted by University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire. We process clinical samples and provide diagnostic services for patients at our main acute Trusts and surrounding GP surgeries.

Staff at CWPS complete Trust induction programmes, have regular mandatory training updates and are highly trained and skilled within their chosen specialities.

Our Services

We have laboratories across 3 main acute Trusts at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, and we have recently expanded to include Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. All labs are CPA accredited and are working toward UKAS accreditation.

Laboratory Services include:

  • Blood Sciences  - Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Haematology & Blood Transfusion across 3 sites
  • Centralised Microbiology Service - including Bacteriology, Virology and Molecular
  • Centralised Cellular Pathology – including Histology and Cytology
  • Mortuary and Phlebotomy services
  • Blood Sciences and Microbiology operate as a 24/7 service.


Our organisation consists of more than 500 staff and we offer interesting careers for a diverse workforce of Medical Consultants, Healthcare Scientists, Healthcare Assistants, administration and support roles working closely together to provide a quality service for our patients.

Here are some examples:

Biomedical Assistant

Undertake clearly defined high volume, low risk tasks. Follow strict protocols and may have the opportunity to complete vocational qualifications

Biomedical Scientist (BMS)

Complete complex tasks according to strict protocols (SOPs). Using technology, knowledge and expertise to perform and report on quality assured tests. Training and competence meets the requirement of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and professional bodies such as the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Clinical Scientist

Complex Scientific and clinical role. Requiring highly skilled staff able exercise clinical judgment and interpretation of complex facts. Roles also involve innovation and research.

We train and mentor candidates on the new Modernising Scientific Careers training pathways, including Scientific Training Programme (STP) and Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST), with support from the National School of Healthcare Science; some candidates are now employed in new scientific roles within our organisation upon completion of their training.

Testimonial – Biomedical Scientist

“I work in the Microbiology Department and love working at such a large hospital, we observe many interesting cases as a teaching hospital with such a diverse population and test repertoire, we use cutting edge technology to provide accurate results. This job is very rewarding as we see our work has a beneficial impact on patient care”

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