National Pathology Week (NPW) is our annual celebration of pathology, when we highlight the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare. Working in partnership with pathologists and laboratory scientists, our programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages, and improve public awareness and understanding of how pathologists and scientists diagnose disease. 

We welcome pathology-related events and activities of all sizes, and various formats (including online!), in our nationwide programme – we’ve got lots of ideas and free resources to help with planning and delivering great activities. 

NPW Get Involved Guide

National Pathology Week 2024

National Pathology Week (NPW) 2024 will run from 4 - 10 November. We'll be delivering NPW in collaboration with other members of the Pathology Alliance - the organisations who are part of the Alliance are listed below. Watch this space for more information soon! 

  • Association for Laboratory Medicine
  • Association of Clinical Pathologists
  • British Division of the International Academy of Pathology
  • British In Vitro Diagnostics Association
  • British Infection Association
  • British Society of Haematology
  • Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Pathological Society
  • The Royal College of Pathologists

You can download NPW logos and digital assets below. 

National Pathology Week 2023

National Pathology Week (NPW) 2023 ran from 19 – 25 June.  Our theme for 2023 was 'Pathologists and Patients'.

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We highlighted the essential work pathologists and clinical scientists do to help patients and supported members and their teams to do the same around the UK.

College-led activities

  • Our NPW Twitter competition challenged members and their teams to tweet a photo or video that summed up our theme - watch this space to find out who won!
  • Monday 19 June - RCPath Book Club featuring 'Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything' 
  • Wednesday 21 June - Virtual Pathology Pub Quiz for Undergraduates 
  • Thursday 22 June - Art of Pathology Exhibition at the Annual Dinner drinks reception
  • Friday 23 June - Virtual Veterinary Pathology Pub Quiz for Undergraduates (on Instagram)
  • Saturday 24 June -  Discovering Cells art-science workshop with Dr Lizzie Burns and histopathologist, Dr Stephanie Edwards.

Did you run something for NPW 2023?

If you did, please get in touch to let us know about your event, we're keen to capture as many member-led events from around the UK as possible in our NPW evaluation report. Share your NPW photos with us on Twitter - tag us @RCPath and use the hashtags #PathologyWeek and #PathologistsAndPatients.

Ideas for future NPW events

Here are some ideas of activities you can run during National Pathology Week. 


Become a Pathology Ambassador

We've teamed up with STEM Learning to provide our members with the opporutnity of signing up to the national STEM Ambassador scheme. More information is available in STEM Learning's handbook and leaflet provided below and on our Pathology Ambassador page

A look back at National Pathology Week 2022

National Pathology Week 2022 ran from 20 – 26 June. We moved the celebrations from November to June as part of the College's Diamond Jubilee. The theme was 'Pathology: past, present and future'. 

Find out about the free NPW College-led events using the links below. 

Watch the recordings of our NPW 2022 events