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The changing role of the Anatomical Pathology Technician Technologist. James Lowell Manager, Directorate of Cellular Pathology Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Chair Association Anatomical Pathology Technology. What's in a name?. APT Mortician Mortuary / Morgue Attendant
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Manager, Directorate of Cellular Pathology
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Chair Association Anatomical Pathology Technology
The HTA was somewhat surprised and concerned to find that as a professional group, APTs do not appear to have benefited from regular appraisal or training opportunities
Mortuaries provide a vital part of the service the NHS gives to patients and their families, but it is a part which most people - happily - do not encounter. As a result, they are sometimes overlooked.
Published August 2006
The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) should be completed by the medical practitioner responsible for the deceased person’s care, as now. After completion, the MCCD should be passed to a Medical Examiner
Published July 2009
Published June 2008
Long term conditions
End of life
‘58% of deaths occur in NHS hospitals’ ‘When asked over 50% of people express a wish to die at home’.
First registrants 2006
- Genetic Technologists
Published November 2008
tissue retrieval and storage in some cases/locations in line with HTA, involvement in more advanced techniques and possible future use of imaging, move into bereavement services/care
implications for training e.g. consent, tissue retrieval for education and research, forensic evidence
more breadth and depth, modernised involving all stakeholders ( MSC, RSPH and RCPath), role of regulation
The Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology
Introduction of TEC programme
National and International Emergency Response
Training at different levels for APTs
“The care with which our dead are treated is a mark of how civilised a society we are.
Much goes on, for understandable reasons, behind closed doors.
For this reason there is a special responsibility placed on those entrusted with this work and the authorities who supervise it, to ensure that the bodies of the dead are treated with the utmost care and respect. That is what bereaved and loved ones are entitled to expect and what society at large demands”
Charles Haddon-Cave QC representing the Marchioness Action Group