Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


Kerry Webber achieves the Registered Scientist award

Kerry discusses her recent attainment of the Registered Scientist award and encourages APTs to apply

Lydia Judge-Kronis CSci FAAPT with new registrant Kerry Webber RSci FAAPT


Did you find the on-line application process easy to navigate?

Yes, I’m terrible with technology and I found it to be a painless process. The application is in sections, and defines how far you are to completion.

What was your main reason for applying for professional registration?

I want my job as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist to become recognised as a profession. Gaining this certificate is recognition of my skills and sets a standard in line with all professional scientists.

The AAPT provided guidance documents and other useful references within the AAPT website. Did you find these useful as you completed the application?

I utilised all the literature I could get to help with this process, I have a habit of over thinking or going blank. These gave me the direction I needed.

The commitment to the standards expected of a Registered Scientist are considerable and provide parity for APTs with technical and scientific colleagues across the UK. Once the award is achieved it must then be maintained through CPD and adherence to the standards. Is this daunting or a new professional challenge to overcome?

I think this is just another professional challenge to master. I find CPD keeps me motivated and allows me to focus on improving my own skills and knowledge, and prevents myself from becoming stagnant and left behind in old practices.

Next step assessing Level 3 students?

Already on it! I’ve recently joined the assessor family, and look forward to going out to other departments and meeting the teams.

Any tips and hints for other APTs who wish to apply?

The application process involves a lot of self-reflection which can be really difficult, writing about yourself and acknowledging and reflecting on things that you would just put down as “doing your job”.

Yet small changes that we implement in our own workplace can have an exceptional impact on the care we provide to patients and their loved ones. Don’t be afraid to promote the expert work you do in this profession.

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