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At Globe Locums we have a large selection of mortuary jobs on a locum and permanent basis. If you're a qualified mortuary technician seeking a new job opportunity, please take a look at our vacancies.

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What is a Mortuary Technician?

A mortuary technician, sometimes referred to as an anatomical pathology technician (APT) assists pathologists (doctors) in carrying out post-mortems. They also take care of the deceased once they have been transferred from the place of death. Mortuary technicians may also be involved in police investigations, for example those who are deceased as a result of a crime.

Mortuary job roles may involve assisting pathologists by moving a body to the examination table, laying out surgical instruments and supplies for the post-mortem, or documenting findings. Mortuary technicians may weigh organs and take tissue samples. They may also help with restoring the body before it can be released for a funeral. Mortuary technicians work within a hospital mortuary or in a local authority public mortuary.

Mortuary Job Qualifications

A Level 3 diploma from the Royal Society of Public Health is required to work as a mortuary technician. To complete the course, the individual must already be employed in a training position in an NHS or public mortuary. Working as a mortuary technician is highly specialised, and there are very few permanent roles within the UK. Most people who find a mortuary job remain in this role for life, and so staff turnover is low. This can be frustrating for those wishing to train. Working as a Locum can be an ideal solution for those looking to work in this field.

Permanent and Locum mortuary technicians are involved in receiving bodies into the mortuary, placing the deceased into controlled refrigerated chambers and ensuring correct identification. They may liaise with HM Coroner officers, police, relatives and clinical staff. A diligent work ethic and superb interpersonal skills are therefore required for those wishing to train.

Mortuary Technician Salary Range

Mortuary job roles have a starting salary of £15,000 per annum. However, progression is possible with approved training programmes. This may lead to individuals being awarded the position of senior APT, or mortuary management roles.

In a Locum mortuary job, a medical healthcare professional can expect to earn a higher hourly rate than those who are permanently staffed. A locum mortuary technician may earn £19-33 per hour depending on the location of the role and their own level of experience. Sometimes a post-mortem is required urgently; for example, following a crime or where there is concern about the cause of death. This can lead to a locum mortuary technician working unsocial hours including evenings or weekends. Unsocial hours are often paid at an uplifted rate, which may be up to 1.5 times higher than the standard rate. Large emergencies may also require extra hours to be worked by mortuary technicians and pathologists. These might include large scale natural disasters or criminal events. A Locum may find that they have ample opportunity to learn about a wide variety of causes of death, both natural and unnatural.

What is involved in a Mortuary Job role?

A Locum mortuary technician will fulfil many of the tasks that a permanently staffed APT might do. Mortuary technicians are responsible for the care of the deceased whilst they are in the morgue. They are often involved with the bereaved family and may need to arrange for viewings to be conducted in a quiet room. A compassionate attitude is certainly required when working within the mortuary. Mortuary technicians may offer advice to the family regarding funeral arrangements. There are many administrate duties so a Locum mortuary technician should have good knowledge of the IT systems required. Clear handwriting is also essential.

Locum mortuary technicians need to fit into the team quickly to ensure seamless care of the deceased and their family. Unlike a staffed mortuary technician, they may not have worked with the pathologists in the mortuary before, and must therefore build a good rapport with them quickly. Staffed mortuary technicians usually work 37-40 hours each week, but Locums can choose their shifts to fit in with their personal circumstances.

Mortuary Jobs

At Globe Locums, we are delighted to offer a range of Locum and permanent mortuary technician roles. Mortuary jobs could include:

  • Hospital mortuary
  • Local authority mortuary
  • Working with the deceased, who may have died from natural or unnatural causes
  • Offering medico-legal advice to family members
  • Liaising with medical staff and funeral directors

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What is a Mortuary Technician?

A mortuary technician, sometimes referred to as an anatomical pathology technician (APT) assists pathologists (doctors) in carrying out post-mortems. They also take care of the deceased once they have been transferred from the place of death. Mortuary technicians may also be involved in police investigations, for example those who are deceased as a result of a crime.

A mortuary technician may assist a pathologist by moving a body to the examination table, laying out surgical instruments and supplies for the post-mortem, or documenting findings. Mortuary technicians may weigh organs and take tissue samples. They may also help with restoring the body before it can be released for a funeral. Mortuary technicians work within a hospital mortuary or in a local authority public mortuary.

Mortuary Technician Qualifications

A Level 3 diploma from the Royal Society of Public Health is required to work as a mortuary technician. To complete the course, the individual must already be employed in a training position in an NHS or public mortuary. Working as a mortuary technician is highly specialised, and there are very few permanent roles within the UK. Most people who find a mortuary technician job remain in this role for life, and so staff turnover is low. This can be frustrating for those wishing to train. Working as a Locum can be an ideal solution for those looking to work in this field.

Permanent and Locum mortuary technicians are involved in receiving bodies into the mortuary, placing the deceased into controlled refrigerated chambers and ensuring correct identification. They may liaise with HM Coroner officers, police, relatives and clinical staff. A diligent work ethic and superb interpersonal skills are therefore required for those wishing to train.

Mortuary Technician Salary Range

Mortuary technicians have a starting salary of £15,000 per annum. However, progression is possible with approved training programmes. This may lead to individuals being awarded the position of senior APT, or mortuary management roles.

In a Locum mortuary technician job, a medical healthcare professional can expect to earn a higher hourly rate than those who are permanently staffed. A locum mortuary technician may earn £19-33 per hour depending on the location of the role and their own level of experience. Sometimes a post-mortem is required urgently; for example, following a crime or where there is concern about the cause of death. This can lead to a locum mortuary technician working unsocial hours including evenings or weekends. Unsocial hours are often paid at an uplifted rate, which may be up to 1.5 times higher than the standard rate. Large emergencies may also require extra hours to be worked by mortuary technicians and pathologists. These might include large scale natural disasters or criminal events. A Locum may find that they have ample opportunity to learn about a wide variety of causes of death, both natural and unnatural.

What Does a Locum Mortuary Technician Do?

A Locum mortuary technician will fulfil many of the tasks that a permanently staffed APT might do. Mortuary technicians are responsible for the care of the deceased whilst they are in the morgue. They are often involved with the bereaved family and may need to arrange for viewings to be conducted in a quiet room. A compassionate attitude is certainly required when working within the mortuary. Mortuary technicians may offer advice to the family regarding funeral arrangements. There are many administrate duties so a Locum mortuary technician should have good knowledge of the IT systems required. Clear handwriting is also essential.

Locum mortuary technicians need to fit into the team quickly to ensure seamless care of the deceased and their family. Unlike a staffed mortuary technician, they may not have worked with the pathologists in the mortuary before, and must therefore build a good rapport with them quickly. Staffed mortuary technicians usually work 37-40 hours each week, but Locums can choose their shifts to fit in with their personal circumstances.

Mortuary Technician Jobs

At Globe Locums, we are delighted to offer a range of Locum and permanent mortuary technician roles. Mortuary technician jobs could include:

  • Hospital mortuary
  • Local authority mortuary
  • Working with the deceased, who may have died from natural or unnatural causes
  • Offering medico-legal advice to family members
  • Liaising with medical staff and funeral directors

There has never been a better time to work as a Mortuary Technician. Due to a shortage in many countries, your skills are in high demand. By utilising Globe Locum's free service you will not only benefit from hearing about all the UK & world wide opportunities as they become available but you will also benefit from the excellent rates we pay our candidates.

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