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We are a teaching hospital – Royal College of Pathologists' Excellence Award

Posted: 6 April 2022

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West Herts’ mortuary team and autopsy pathologists at Hemel Hempstead Hospital have been recognised with an Excellence Award from the Royal College of Pathologists for their ‘contribution to education’ and the quality of the department’s autopsy training.

The mortuary is a site for the practical component of the Certificate of Higher Autopsy Training. Trainees are involved in every aspect of the autopsy process and taught best practice as well as advanced techniques.

The training goes beyond West Herts as the department provides autopsy training across North London, with trainees rotating up from Imperial College, UCL and the Royal London Hospital. The Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford have also asked the department to provide training for their trainees.

Dr Adam Goodchild, who nominated the team for the award, said: “What sets them apart is their constant drive to push you to become a better autopsy pathologist by encouraging engagement.”

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