The College’s strategy 2018–21

The Royal College of Pathologists’ Strategy for 2018–21 sets out our vision for promoting and advancing excellence in pathology.

The work and expertise of pathologists support patients throughout their entire life and we are very proud of this. They also advance diagnosis and treatment through research and innovation to build a better future.

The College’s members work in healthcare, universities and industry in the UK and overseas. The expertise of our membership is diverse, with 17 specialties covering both human and animal health.

We support our members in a wide range of ways. A high priority is to offer continuing professional development accredited programmes of learning and development, so that our members remain up to date and resilient in their practice of pathology throughout their careers.

As a College, we have a responsibility to support excellence in training. Providing curricula and examinations across our 17 specialties, we examine and assess pathologists to exacting standards, to help safeguard patient safety and maintain high-quality outcomes.

Improving patient safety is a key area for the College. We will continue to share learning from incidents and will be pleased to welcome medical examiners as members of the College when they begin work in 2019. We are ready to provide the training and support they need.

The College is also here to act as a collective voice for the pathology profession. We raise awareness and understanding among government, policy makers and stakeholders of the central role pathologists play in shaping and delivering the best patient care.

Inspiring the next generation of pathologists is fundamental to the work of the College. We have developed a programme of activity to showcase the rewarding opportunities of choosing a career in pathology to medical undergraduates and school students.

With our members and patients at its heart, this new three-year strategy provides a foundation on which to build our shared vision of the future.

Professor Jo Martin

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