Dear Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Health
I write as Chair of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT), a professional body whose members work as Anatomical Pathology Technologists (APTs) in mortuary environments across the UK – both local authority and NHS.
APTs carry out a range of tasks, assisting in post mortem examinations, often managing a mortuary and communicate with the public at the most difficult time; the loss of a family member or friend. The AAPT welcome the findings of the CQC review of deaths of NHS patients and would be keen to assist NHS Boards and the Department of Health in adopting the requirements as laid out in the report. In particular, APTs are trained in supporting the bereaved and would be well placed to offer clinicians and nurses advice with respect to engaging both with patients and families after a tragedy. The AAPT also run successful training events in relation to issues of taking consent from the bereaved and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).
If we can assist the process in any way, do not hesitate to contact myself on our dedicated AAPT Council email. Our website for information is www.aaptuk.org
With kind regards,
Mrs I M Gall MIBMS FAAPT