The College is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology. It is a body of its Fellows, Affiliates and trainees, supported by the staff who are based at the College's London offices.
The College of Pathologists is a charity with over 10,000 members worldwide. The majority of members are doctors and scientists working in hospitals and universities in the UK. The College oversees the training of pathologists and scientists working in 19 different specialties, which include cellular pathology, haematology, clinical biochemistry and medical microbiology. Although some pathologists work in laboratories, many work directly with patients in hospitals and the community. Together they are involved in over 70% of all diagnoses, as well as playing an important role in disease prevention, treatment and monitoring. If you have ever had a blood test, cervical smear or tissue biopsy, a pathologist will have been involved in your care.
What's next for the College?
The next few months will be busy ones for all of us. We have just held National Pathology Week (NPW), the highlight of our year. This year, we were fortunate to be successful in the ballot to hold a parliamentary exhibition from Monday 26 to Friday 30 October.
We are also hosting the second International Pathology Day on 18 November. The AGM on 12 November, which all fellows are welcome to attend, will see new directors and committee chairs taking up their posts. We will continue to lobby for investment in pathology and related projects and to speak out about proposals that are unworkable or will not benefit patients.
The Goodman Building
We are moving to the Goodman Building on Alie Street in East London. The new building, purchased with the proceeds of the sale of the lease of 2 Carlton House Terrace in March 2015, will be demolished and new purpose-built premises constructed on the site. The whole process is expected to take over two years, with the aim of opening the new College in November 2017.
The plans, which may be subject to change as the redevelopment continues, include a library, 200-seat lecture theatre, flexible meeting rooms equipped with the latest AV equipment, a modern spacious members room as well as office space for College staff and Honorary Officers. Read the blog here.