Mortuary Technician – Mortuary Service

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Mortuary Technician – Mortuary Service
Contract / Temporary

Greenwich RQ1184604

Posted: 30th January 2024 10:31
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  • Pay Rate:

    £16.82 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • GREENWICH, London,

    SE9 2AZ

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Mortuary Technician – Mortuary Service

Reference no: Greenwich RQ1184604

Pay rate: £16.82 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

City: GREENWICH, London

Basic DBS disclosure is listed as a requirement for this role

A Mortuary Technician, qualified or currently training as a Mortuary Technician, is required to assist and participate in the delivery of a range of high quality, efficient, customer focussed operational services in line with council strategic ambitions and customer focussed services at Greenwich Public Mortuary (GPM). To deliver a sensitive and caring service for bereaved people, partners, visitors and stakeholders.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake duties relating to the reception, identification, storage and release of bodies, maintaining a register and ensuring that particular attention is paid to the security and return of valuables, and the conduct of persons visiting the Mortuary for the purpose of depositing or collecting bodies. Deal with members of the public in a sympathetic and caring nature when discussing all issues relating to the service. Act in accordance with the Human Tissue Act 2004, any subsequent updates and all other relevant legislation, guiding principles and codes of practice as directed.
  • Advise, liaise and co-operate with officers of other departments / directorates, local or public authorities, police, coroner’s officers, pathologists, ambulance personnel, undertakers and all other individuals associated with the GPM.
  • Bring to the attention of the Mortuary Manager and other colleagues any minor or emergency repairs needing attention/repair and take necessary action to prevent injury to others or oneself. To make arrangements with colleagues and contractors to provide safe access to the building for maintenance work when required.
  • Bring to the attention of work colleagues any bodies which need to be attended to by other colleagues or external organisations for disposal.
  • Fully participate in staff training to ensure you are adequately trained and fully understand relevant statutory legalisation, industry related codes of practice, guiding principles and PRaD scheme as required. Work towards the Anatomical Pathology Technicians certificate and assist all colleagues to develop and implement service delivery initiatives to improve the mortuary service.
  • Assist in the preparation and restoration of bodies and to attend “call-outs” as required, and in particular, to assist special and defence post-mortem examinations. Prepare and lay out the body for identification purposes in accordance with current procedures. Arrange appointments for the families/ friends to view/identify the deceased.
  • Participate and maintain the cleaning and sterilisation of the post mortem rooms, instruments, apparatus and equipment to ensure it is kept in a safe and hygienic condition, including the disposal and safe packaging of all clinical waste and contaminated sharps in accordance to current Waste and Environment Regulations and procedures.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and awareness of recent developments in Pathology. Develop and utilise specialist knowledge and experience related to the work undertaken.
  • Provide anatomical pathology assistance to colleagues and pathologists.
  • Admission, measuring and registration of the deceased ensuring they are identified, cared for and stored in accordance with HTA guidelines.
  • Receive referrals from internal service users and provide accurate information regarding time scales.
  • Assist colleagues with the delivery and maintenance of a high quality safe, efficient, and effective mortuary service.


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Hold or working towards the Diploma in APT and have significant current practical mortuary/bereavement experience.
  • Anatomical Pathology Technicians (APT) qualification and have experience of working within the Human Tissue Act 2004 framework.



  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  • Experience of working within a team in a Mortuary front-line service area within a local authority or the private sector and dealing with the public in a caring and courteous manner.
  • Experience of keeping records updated in relation to stock, refrigeration, body storage, recording of personal effects and updating paper-based and IT systems as required.
  • An understanding of mortuary processes, practice and customer care within the Mortuary and Bereavement Service Industries.
  • Experience and knowledge of all practices including all types of PM examinations is welcomed. The department holds a HTA license and encourages all staff to be UKDVI and AHCS registered.
  • Knowledge of routine post-mortems, high risk cases, Coroner’s cases, forensic work including the documentation and legislation associated with death and organ retention.
  • Previous experience of dealing with the public and being sensitive to cultural needs and dealing with the bereaved is also required.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Able to use specialised tools, instruments, equipment and plant relating to the Mortuary activities.
  • Motivated, be able to maintain confidentiality, and have excellent communication/interpersonal skills.
  • Well organised, be able to present to clinical staff and be able to accommodate the needs of a highly skilled team.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.


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Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



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Mortuary Technician – Mortuary Service
Client Category: Local Authority

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