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Please join the Intercollegiate Committee on Haematology (ICH) for a half-day, interactive meeting (and an opportunity to visit the new RCPath facilities) to debate and discuss key issues facing haematology consultants and trainees:

  • How can we secure an adequate haematology consultant workforce for the future?
  • What will be the impact of Shape of Training, Pathology Networks and genomics agenda on trainees and trainers
  • How are FRCPath Haematology exams set, and who passes and fails?
  • GIRFT: Getting it right first time in haematology – what does it mean?
  • What is the future of blood transfusion?
  • What impact will the NHS genomics agenda have on SIMHDS and other diagnostic services?
  • How can the Royal Colleges and national societies support Haematologists? 

With short presentations from key opinion leaders with room for discussion; don’t miss an opportunity to debate important issues facing Haematology now and in the future. Senior representatives from the Royal Colleges, British Society for Haematology, Association of Clinical Pathologists, British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and British Blood Transfusion Society will be present to inform and energise the discussions and debates.

Registration Fees

£30.00 fee to attend. Please note there will be no refunds for non attendance or cancellations. 


12:00     Registration and lunch
12:45     Welcome to the new RCPath facilities – Professor Jo Martin, President RCPath
12:55     Introduction to the meeting on behalf of the ICH – Professor John Snowden & Dr Keir Pickard
13:00     Workforce: what is the right level for Haematology? – Professor Beverley Hunt & Katy Amberley for the BSH Workforce Survey 
13:30     Training in Haematology – Dr Kate Talks, Haematology SAC Chair & Dr Keir Pickard, ICH Trainee Representative
14:00     Examinations in Haematology - who passes, who fails, who decides, why do the exams keep changing? – Dr Deepti Raadia, Lead Examiner for Haematology        
14:20     Refreshments
14:50     GIRFT in Haematology - what's it all about? – Dr Marion Wood, National GIRFT Lead in Haematology 
15:10     Blood transfusion, now and future – Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs 
15:30     NHS Genomics and SIHMDS: how do we make the best of both? – Professor John Snowden 
15:50     Closing Q&A Session  What the Royal Colleges can do for the Haematologist in the 2020s? Professor Dame Jane Dacre representing RCP. Professor Jo Martin and Dr Tim Littlewood representing RCPath
16:20     Close


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


Haematology 2020

  • Professor Jo Martin

    Past President (2017–2020) and Pathology Portal Project Lead

  • Katy Amberley

    Chief Executive, The British Society for Haematology

    Katy is a graduate of London University.  She subsequently worked for a firm of architects where she spent much time turning the partners’ terrible handwritten notes into polished letters.  She joined the membership body sector in 1999 and has been there ever since.  She began her time at BSH in November 2007 as Headquarters Manager and became Chief Executive in June 2017.

  • Dr Marion Wood

    Retired Consultant Haematologist

    Current appointment: Co-Lead for Pathology “Getting it Right First Time” (GIRFT).
    Consultant in Colchester (District General Hospital) 1992 - 2016.
    Since January 2018: Co-Lead for the GIRFT Pathology project.

    Alongside clinical work, Marion undertook several leadership and management roles, including:
    Colchester:         College Tutor (RCP), lead clinician for Continuing Medical Education.
                                    First HTA DI
                                    First Organ Donation Clinical Lead                            
                                    Deputy Medical Director 2001-4
                                    Medical Director 2004 – 2008

    East of England: part-time MD Blood sciences, the Pathology Partnership
                                    (December 2015 – April 2017).
    Honorary Chair, Association of Clinical Pathologists, 2013 – 2018.

  • Paula H.B. Bolton-Maggs

    Retired Medical Director

    Medical Director (retired) of the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) national haemovigilance scheme (2011 to 2018).

    Currently Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester (since 2003).

    Currently chair of the Transfusion Medicine Specialty Advisory Committee for the Royal College of Pathologists.

    Relevant recent publications:

    Transfusion errors: can they be eliminated? Editorial with Alison Watt, BJH early view 8 December 2019.

    Electronic identification systems reduce the number of wrong

    components transfused. Murphy et al. Transfusion 2019;59;3601–3607.

    Staffing in hospital transfusion laboratories: UKTLC surveys show cause for concern

    Bolton-Maggs et al. Transfusion Medicine 2019;29:95–102.

  • Dr Tim Littlewood

    Vice-President for professionalism,Royal College of Pathologists

    Tim Littlewood is vice-president for professionalism at the Royal College of Pathologists and ex-President of the British Society for Haematology.

    He worked as an NHS haematology consultant in Oxford from 1989-2018 and is currently associate director of clinical studies at the clinical medical school of the University of Oxford.

    He is also lecturer in medicine at Christ Church, University of Oxford.

    He has published 135 peer-reviewed articles.

  • Professor Dame Jane Dacre

    Royal College of Physicians

    Dame Jane is an honorary consultant rheumatologist, at Whittington Health in London, Professor of Medical Education at UCL and the President of the Medical Protection Society. She is the immediate past president of the Royal College of Physicians and was also vice chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Director of UCL Medical School in London, medical director of MRCPUK examination and academic vice president of the RCP. Dame Jane was a GMC council member, and chaired the GMC education and training Committee (2008-2012) and leads a research programme in medical education focussing on assessment.

    She was the clinical lead for the development of the first Clinical Skills Centre in the UK, and was a co-author of the GALS screen. She has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of several examinations in undergraduate and postgraduate medicine.

    Dame Jane won the medicine and healthcare category for the 2012 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; was named on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the Health service journal’s top 100 list from 2014 to 2017.

    She is the independent lead for the Department of Health and Social Care review of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine.

    She has honorary doctorates from the University of Liverpool, and the University of Surrey, and eight honorary Fellowships from international medical  institutions

    She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

  • Dr Deepti Radia

    Chair of Haematology Examiner Panel

    Deepti has been in her Haematology Consultant post at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2002. She is passionate about ensuring postgraduate medical education is delivered to the highest standards possible to enable the development of capable and competent professionals in a constantly changing NHS service. She has been actively involved in postgraduate haematology training and education since 1997. Deepti has been an integral member of the Board of the London School of Pathology since its inception in 2008. Her roles include Professional development lead, joint development of virtual learning environment & supervision of medical education fellows.

  • Dr Kate Talks

    Chair Haematology SAC

    Qualified at the University of London.

    Consultant Haematologist at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust since 2002 with a special interest in Haemostasis and Thrombosis. Actively involved in post graduate Haematology training locally and Nationally. Member of Haematology SAC since 2010: Training Programme Director for the Northern Deanery 2010-2014, National recruitment lead for SAC 2012-2018, Vice-Chair 2015 on and member of Curriculum sub-group 2017 on. FRCPath Coagulation examiner.

  • Professor John A Snowden

    Consultant Haematologist & Director of Blood and Marrow Transplantation

    Professor John Snowden trained in Haematology in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has been Chair of the Chair of the Intercollegiate Committee (ICH) on Haematology to the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists since 2017. He is also the President-Elect of the British Society for BMT (BSBMT), Chair of NHS England Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for BMT, a board member of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and was Lead Clinician for the NICE Guidance in Haematological Cancers 2016. He is regionally active in NHSE Genomics for Haemato-oncology. He has published around 250 clinical and scientific articles, reviews and book chapters in haemato-oncology and BMT, and led on national and international clinical guidelines (H-index>40). He holds honorary professorships at The Univeristy of Sheffield and UCL.

  • Dr Keir Pickard

    I am a haematology specialty trainee based in the north east of England, where I take a particularly interest in clinical research through my role as the NIHR specialty trainee lead for haematology and regional representative of the HaemSTAR trainee clinical audit and research network. I represent haematology trainees on the Intercollegiate Committee on Haematology and RCPath Trainee Advisory Committee. I also have an interest in medical education and have previously completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education and contribute to the popular TeamHaem education resource on Twitter.