The HTA held three events for the post mortem sector during March. Over 150 delegates from 70 establishments attended. They included pathologists, APTs, bereavement midwives, police officers and biomedical scientists.
The HTA was delighted to be joined by Ms Carmel Bagness from the Royal College of Nursing and Dr Mike Osborn from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, who gave insightful and informative talks on the disposal of pregnancy remains and Royal College of Pathologist’s guide on the coronial post mortem examination and its role on the HTA’s Histopathology Working Group. We are grateful for their time and input.
HTA staff presented on a range of topics, including the role of Persons Designated, joint inspections with UKAS, HTA reportable incidents and the retention of police holdings.
In addition, there was a workshop session, during which delegates were invited to discuss the HTA’s approach to licensing and inspections, and in this way contribute to the current review of HTA’s regulatory systems and processes. The feedback we received was extremely positive, and it is clear that the sector would welcome more events of this kind. We will consider this in the months ahead.