Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology



European Working Time Directive (EUWTD)

The Working Time Regulations (WTR) Statutory instrument 1998 No. 1833 and their effect on Mortuary on call services.

AAPT Influenza guidelines

Guidance for pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists for autopsy of cadavers with known or suspected pandemic (avian) influenza.

Toxicology Lecture from David Shepherd FAAPT, Council Member

Downloadable PDF lecture on Toxicology given by David Shepherd at the 16th January London & Southeast Regional network meeting

Department of Health

National guidelines on learning from deaths

Guidelines for mortuary staff

Help is at hand: a resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden death

Bereavement Care Services: A Synthesis of the Literature

Improving the process of death certification

Health and Safety Executive

Procuring slip-resistant footwear for use at work
HSE issue guidance on Procuring slip-resistant footwear for use at work.

PPE Guidance from HSE
A revised version of guidance designed to help employers who supply and use personal protective equipment (PPE) at work meet their duties under the law has been published by the (HSE).

HSE guidance
HSE guidance on safe working in mortuaries, post-mortem facilities and clinical laboratories

The myth: risk assessments must always be long and complex
Health and Safety Executive articles that aim to simplify the process of risk assessment.

Home Office

Home Office Advice to Medical Practitioners Completing Cremation Forms B or C 
The Home Office have published new guidelines ( 23rd Dec 2003 ) for the completion of cremation forms.

When sudden death occurs
The Home Office leaflet When sudden death occurs alerts next of kin to their immediate rights with respect to post mortems and indicates what may follow a coroner’s involvement. The leaflet was compiled with the help of bereaved people.

This leaflet is available free of charge in Welsh; Bengali; Chinese; Gujarati; Hindi; Punjabi; Urdu.

Modernising the Coroner Service
A wide ranging review of coroners and the way they work has been published by Home Office Minister Paul Goggins.

Human Tissue Authority

Legislation, policies and codes of practice
Resource for the Human Tissue Authority’s codes of practice, policies and information on legislation.

New Consent form for hospital post mortems
The HTA has produced a minimum data set of criteria to help Trusts produce Hospital post mortem consent forms and the accompanying guidance.

The King's Fund

Service Line Management

An insight into how a trust can begin to corporately view the mortuary as an overhead that needs to be paid for by service users.

NHS Publications

When a person dies: guidance for professionals on developing bereavement services

RCN Guidance on Assisted Death
The Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers

Professional publications, links and other resources

Standards for Coroners’ pathologists in post-mortem examinations of 
deaths that appear not to be suspicious

These guidelines apply to the conduct of a post-mortem examination performed under the authority of a Coroner and where a death is not deemed to be suspicious.

The Royal College of Pathologists / Royal College of Nursing - Guidance for staff responsible for Care After Death
Guidance for staff responsible for care after death (last offices) emphasises that the care extends well beyond physically preparing the body for transfer either to the mortuary or funeral director.  

The Royal College of Pathologists - Influenza A
The link above is to a document on The Royal College of Pathologists website, giving advice for pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists for autopsy of cadavers with known or suspected new/virulent strains of influenza A.

The Royal College of Pathologists - Influenza Detection at Post-Mortem 
The Health Protection Agency is understandably keen to ensure accurate identification of any death where influenza virus may have played a part. To that end, pathologists are encouraged to take appropriate swab samples for virology (normally nasopharyngeal and bronchial) at postmortem whenever influenza might be a contributory factor, unless the diagnosis has been confirmed or excluded before death.

Death & the Procurator Fiscal
An updated version of "Death & the Procurator Fiscal" has been published by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Victims Voice
Victims Voice have produced a very useful booklet, 'Sudden Death and The Coroner – Coroners Post Mortem and Inquests'. For copies of the booklet, or for more information about Victims Voice contact:

What to do after a death in England and Wales
Dept of Works and Pensions Booklet D49: This booklet explains how to deal with the personal affairs of someone who has died. It includes advice about making funeral arrangements; legal formalities; benefits procedures; how to obtain financial help. Copies can be obtained from local offices of the Department of Works and Pensions and are free of charge.

Anatomical Pathology Technologists handbook
Covering the practical elements of the day to day management of the mortuary and the role of the Anatomical Pathology Technician, A Handbook of Anatomical Pathology Technology is the only guide of its type and supports Royal Institute of Public Health qualifications in anatomical pathology technology.

Isaacs Report Response
Response to the Report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy

Quality Improvement Scotland, New Standards For Post-Mortems
Development of The Standards for the Management of Post-Mortem Examinations

Biological agents
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) has published new guidance Biological agents: managing the risks in laboratories and healthcare premises.

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) has launched a new leaflet for families who have experienced the death of a baby or young child. This is available via the above link.

Useful Anatomy iPhone Apps
Created by Victoria Jordan in conjunction with the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Edited by Guy Orchard and Brian Nation
Histopathology describes the processes and practices that are essential for work in a histopathology lab, from pre-sampling to diagnosis to laboratory management. Presented in full colour, case studies and other examples enrich the text, firmly rooting it in the context of clinical and biomedical practice. There is a chapter on anatomical pathology technology written by the AAPT Vice-Chair Ishbel Gall.

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