The conference will use mixed communication methods with short talks and interactive group work and time for reflection, networking and informal discussion.  The outcome will include learning objectives for delegates and formulation of ideas to guide future thinking and policy in the College.

Delegates will leave having developed aspects of the following objectives

  • Awareness of demographics of the current workforce – medical, clinical scientist, biomedical scientist, non-regulated professionals
  • Understanding influences on medical career choices
  • Understanding the meaning, dynamics and relevance of environmental culture
  • Safety of patients through safety for staff – contextualising the College vision
  • Finding solutions that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound

09.30     Registration & refreshments

10:00     Welcome and Introduction - Professor Peter Johnston

10:10     Workshop 1. Where are we now?

10:40     Demographics of workforce - Dr Colin Tilley

11:00     Demographics of the laboratory workforce - Dr Gareth Rowlands

11:20     Discussion       

11:30     Refreshments  


11:45     Medical career influences - Professor Peter Johnston

12:05     Discussion

12:15     Workshop 2. What can we do to increase recruitment and retention?

12:25     The dynamics, meaning and relevance of environmental culture - Professor Jennifer Cleland

12:50     Discussion

13:00     Lunch    


14:00     Workshop 3.  Developing an inclusive culture

14:30     College vision of safety for patients through safety for staff - Professor Jo Martin

15:00     Refreshments


15:15     Workshop 4.  Finding SMART solutions

15:45     College vision for the future and summary – Professor Peter Johnson

16:00     Close    

Registration Fees

Online rates

Members: £198.00

Concessions: £106.00 (BMS, Trainees, Retired)

Non RCPath Members: £275.00

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

Members £233   

Concessions £139 (BMS, Trainees, Retired)

Non RCPath Members £306


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


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