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Speciality: Forensic Histopathology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS2582

From 2012 Forensic Histopathology in the UK has been a CCT specialty in its own right. The specialty requires a component of basic histopathology training (at least satisfactory completion of Stages A and B) encompassing surgical pathology, autopsy and cytopathology. In Scotland, the training will follow the RCPath curriculum.

There are 3 training posts in Scotland, based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee/Aberdeen, all with secondments to other areas as required. Recruitment is managed through national recruitment with trainees applying to one of the 3 individual training programmes.

Core training will be delivered in individual departments with requirements to rotate to other departments.  This mostly applies to the post in Dundee/Aberdeen whereby the trainee will be required to spend substantial time in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  The exact length of these rotations will be decided through monitoring of the training progression and exposure to required cases.

Trainees in all posts will be required to rotate in Neuropathology and Paediatric Pathology as per RCPath Curriculum.  These are delivered in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.

During their time in their nominated departments the trainees will be exposed to routine, suspicious and homicide cases as well as regular court and next of kin meetings. Progression in training will follow the Crown/Pathology recommendations starting with observation and gradually evolving into supervised work in a variety of cases.  There will be continuous exposure to gross and microscopic pathology as well as a variety of ancillary investigations including toxicology, biochemistry, microbiology and other.

The trainees will participate in an on on-call rota on an adjunct basis and will have experience in scene examination as well as a variety of suspicious deaths.

All departments have strong links with histopathology and specialist expertise as well as learning opportunities would be readily available.  There are continuous communications with a variety of expertise in the country including toxicology, anthropology, entomology and others providing the trainees with exposure to the range of forensic expertise required on a routine basis.

Opportunities for Research, audit, teaching and management.

There are opportunities to take part in research projects, laboratory and clinical audits. All training centres offer these within departments, in affiliated laboratories and local university departments. Trainees will also have opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as training histopathology registrars. Trainees will also participate in management activities which are an integral part of quality improvement.

There are excellent educational opportunities and participation by both consultants and trainees in in all the three main centres via regular audits, difficult case discussions and journal clubs locally and via teleconference.

 

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Opportunities for Research, audit, teaching and management.

There are opportunities to take part in research projects, laboratory and clinical audits. All training centres offer these within departments, in affiliated laboratories and local university departments. Trainees will also have opportunities to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as training histopathology registrars. Trainees will also participate in management activities which are an integral part of quality improvement.

There are excellent educational opportunities and participation by both consultants and trainees in in all the three main centres via regular audits, difficult case discussions and journal clubs locally and via teleconference.

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow

Training is delivered through the Forensic Medicine and Science department at the University of Glasgow, Forensic Pathology at NHS Lothian and the departments of Forensic Pathology at the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee. Trainees will rotate in local hospital and various city mortuaries. 

Edinburgh City Mortuary

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: National
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Wilma Kincaid
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval October 2012
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Pathologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System https://www.gmc-uk.org/-/media/documents/Curriculum_Forensic_Histopathology.pdf_51122578.pdf
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Dianne Morrison
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805131
Email: Dianne.Morrison@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr R BouHaidar
Address: Medical Education Centre 3rd Floor, Outpatients Building Western General Hospital Edinburgh EH4 2XU
Tel:
Email: ralph.bouhaidar@ed.ac.uk
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