Written evidence submitted by the Royal College of Pathologists (DEL0034)


Suggested questions for evidence session on cancer services:


1) In light of the obvious utility of the rapid digital multidisciplinary meeting solutions during the lockdown and social distancing, will digital pathology funding be rolled out beyond the current sentinel sites to include all cellular pathology departments nationally?


2) On return to healthcare business as usual what is the plan to meet demand in histopathology given the widely accepted workforce shortages? Will there be additional funded National Training Numbers in Histopathology to address the shortages?


3) Will the Cancer Research UK advice on cancer workforce requirements be addressed?


4) To decrease pressure on GP practices will self-sampling be introduced for cervical samples as part of the national screening programme as it has been successfully introduced in other countries? What is the anticipated timescale for this?


About the Royal College of Pathologists


The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with more than 11,000 fellows, affiliates and trainees, of which 23% are based outside of the UK. We are committed to setting and maintaining professional standards and promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of pathology, for the benefit of patients.


Our members include medically and veterinary qualified pathologists and clinical scientists in 17 different specialties, including cellular pathology, haematology, clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology and veterinary pathology.


The College works with pathologists at every stage of their career. We set curricula, organise training and run exams, publish clinical guidelines and best practice recommendations and provide continuing professional development. We engage a wide range of stakeholders to improve awareness and understanding of pathology and the vital role it plays in everybody’s healthcare. Working with members, we run programmes to inspire the next generation to study science and join the profession.


April 2020