Post mortem sector
Royal College of Pathologists guidance for DIs
As part of a review of guidance on post mortem working, the Royal College of Pathologists’ Death Investigation Group Subcommittee will be developing guidance for Designated Individuals on how they can oversee practice by implementing an audit against RCPath’s standards for coroners’ pathologists in post mortem examinations of deaths that appear not to be suspicious. This could then be used to provide assurance to the HTA on inspections. In the meantime, the HTA has completed a mapping exercise of our standards against those of the Royal College of Pathologists, you can download this here.
Post mortem sector workshops
There are some places available at our March workshop in London on 4 March. We are putting together an interesting and informative programme, which will include a range of HTA and external speakers and an update on HTA policy and guidance. To book your place, please complete the form here.
Mortuary practice: advice on marking bodies
At its last meeting, the HTA’s Histopathology Working Group (HWG) agreed that it was not acceptable practice to write identification details on bodies. The use of labels and wrist/ankle bands is an effective and more respectful way of recording identification details. Guidance on this topic will be included in the next version of the HTA code of practice. In the meantime, mortuary staff are advised that HTA inspectors will be particularly mindful of this when carrying out traceability audits during site visits.