Speciality: Forensic Histopathology
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 encompassing surgical pathology, autopsy and cytopathology and starts at ST3 level (or higher). In Scotland, Forensic Histopathology is a national programme with recruitment managed through national recruitment and training will follow the RCPath curriculum.
There are 4 training sites in Scotland, based in Glasgow, Edinburgh Dundee and Aberdeen, all with secondments to other areas as required. Core training will be delivered in individual departments with requirements to rotate to other departments. 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 also 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 etc.
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 experts in the country including in toxicology, anthropology, entomology and others providing the trainees with exposure to the range of forensic expertise required on a routine basis.
Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities
There are ample 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 trainees. Trainees will also participate in management activities which are an integral part of quality improvement.
There are excellent educational opportunities delivered through a national teaching programme and participation of consultants and trainees in all the centres in regular audits, difficult case discussions and journal clubs locally and remotely.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
Where is the training delivered?
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 and hospital mortuaries.
|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 Clair Evans|
|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.rcpath.org/trainees/training/training-by-specialty/forensic-histopathology-2021.html|
Named Programme Administrator:
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, Forest Grove House, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805131
Programme Director Name: Dr R BouHaidar
Address: Medical Education Centre 3rd Floor, Outpatients Building Western General Hospital Edinburgh EH4 2XU
|Quality of Training||Quality Management|