Many labs are looking to use digital pathology. The RCPath guidelines are designed to get you up and running quickly with digital pathology, while ensuring that safety and quality are maintained. This event will give attendees an overview of the approach to digital pathology validation, and practical tips on using them

Please contact Tanya Whyte on 0207 451 6781 if you are interested in attending the conference) 

The aim of this event is to introduce the RCPath best practice recommendations for digital pathology and explain digital pathology validation for primary diagnosis

The event covers:

  • The evidence base for digital pathology
  • The philosophy and principles of the RCPath recommendations
  • Technical factors pathologists should be aware of in validating digital pathology
  • Examples of real-world validation of digital pathology from the authors of the recommendations
  • Worked-through example of validation
  • A Q&A session with the panel

Please book early to avoid disappointment. We can reserve you a place while you organise study or annual leave. Email us to reserve you a space



Registration and refreshments


Welcome – Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists




The RCPath best practice recommendations –philosophy and explanation of approach – Dr Darren Treanor


The evidence base, training and validation: the Leeds experience – Dr Bethany Williams


Technical issues to be aware of in digital pathology validation – Dr Darren Treanor




Glasgow experience with digital pathology – Dr Gareth Bryson 


Coventry experience with digital pathology – Professor David Snead 


North Wales experience with digital pathology – Dr Muhammad Aslam 


Mid-afternoon refreshments


Practical digital reporting and ISO accreditation for digital pathology services – Dr Bethany Williams


Roundtable discussion/ Q&A re validation with the presenters


Closing comments

Registration Fees

Online rates

Members: £198.00

Concessional: £106.00 – Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses

Non-members: £275.00

Offline rates (payments via cheque/invoice or on the day payments)

Members: £233 

Concessions: £139 – Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses

Non-members: £306

Please note that an administrative charge of £20.00 will be made on all cancellations and the total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled one working week before the event.


To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.



  • Dr Darren Treanor

    Dr. Darren Treanor MB BSc (Computing) MD PhD is a consultant pathologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and guest professor in digital pathology at Linköping University, Sweden. 

    After qualifying in medicine at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, he completed his training in cellular pathology at Leeds, becoming a consultant liver and gastrointestinal pathologist in 2005. He completed a BSc in computing in 2007, and his PhD thesis focussed on the design of a workstation for digital pathology.

    Dr. Treanor runs the Leeds virtual pathology project (www.virtualpathology.leeds.ac.uk) which has been carrying out digital pathology research and development since 2003. He has co-authored over 70 papers in the medical and computing literature, most of them concerned with the application or development of digital pathology in clinical and preclinical research.

    He was the principal investigator on the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - funded project entitled "A virtual reality microscope for pathology". This project studied working patterns in pathology to inform the development of a better digital pathology workstation (the "Leeds Virtual Microscope") which has now been deployed across the Yorkshire region of the UK for pathology training and successfully commercialised. Since 2016 he has overseen the Leeds-Leica digital pathology partnership, a research led deployment of digital pathology for primary diagnosis in the NHS.

    At Linköping his research includes the clinical adoption and validation of digital pathology in a fully digitised department.

    Other research activities include 3D tissue reconstruction, image analysis, colour measurement/ correction and the use of digital pathology in education and training.

    Further details of the Leeds digital pathology project are available at http://www.virtualpathology.leeds.ac.uk.

  • Dr Bethany Williams

    Dr Bethany Williams gained her medical degree at University College London, before training as a histopathology registrar at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  In 2015 she became the world’s first Leadership and Management fellow in digital pathology. She designed and project managed Leeds innovative digital pathology pilot deployment and validation, and now leads on digital pathology training and validation at Leeds. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Leeds focused on patient safety aspects of digital pathology, and has published a series of scientific papers on diverse digital pathology topics including the case for adoption, and the business case for digitisation. Her main research interest is in applying an evidence-based approach to digital deployment, and her papers on digital diagnostic accuracy, training and validation form the basis of the Royal College of Pathologists guidance. Her body of research has recently earned her the Pathological Society’s medal for trainee research impact, and she is regularly invited to speak at international conferences as an authority on the digital pathology evidence base and patient safety.

  • Professor David Snead

    Professor Snead is a full time NHS consultant pathologist and has been in post at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire since 1997. 
    He is clinical lead for Cellular Pathology at Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services (CWPS), a single managed pathology network, which provides pathology services a population of around 1.4m in Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick, and Burton-on-Trent. He led the implementation of digital pathology at CWPS. Digital pathology is an important part of the solution to provide high quality sub-specialised cellular pathology reporting across the CWPS network of hospitals. He leads the West Midlands Cancer Alliance bid to roll out digital pathology across the West Midlands (population 5.7 million).
    His main research interests are extending the capability of digital pathology for routine diagnostic use most especially the advancement and deployment of computer assisted diagnosis (CAD) algorithms.

  • Dr Muhammad Aslam

    After graduation in medicine in 1995, I decided to be a pathologist as I loved colours, and combination of art and science fascinated me. I completed my remaining pathology training in Merseyside before relocating to East Lancashire in 2006 as consultant pathologist. I did numerous roles in East Lancashire and establish myself as educational supervisor, medical appraiser and clinical lead roles.

    Looking for new challenges, I moved to North Wales in 2015 and not only transformed the pathology department but also provided clinical leadership to the All Wales digital pathology validation study.

    Currently I am working as a clinical director to the North Wales Management Clinical Support Service providing leadership to the pathology, radiology and 4 other disciplines. I am also chair of Scientific Services Advisory Group for pathology in Wales and provide my services to RCPATH various committees. My special interests include uropathology, head and neck, digital pathology, management and leadership skills.

  • Dr Gareth Bryson

    Dr Gareth Bryson is Head of Service for Pathology for Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow.    Appointed a Consultant Pathologist at the Southern General Hospital in 2005, he now works in the combined Greater Glasgow and Clyde Department of Pathology at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.  Gareth’s primary clinical and research interests are and gynaecological pathology, but he is also focused on innovation and new technologies.  He is a collaborator in the iCAIRD consortium, is the Scottish Clinical Lead for Digital Pathology and is a member of the RCPath Digital Pathology Committee.