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



This day course will show how to approach selected topics often seen in forensic scenarios, but which may be encountered in coronial cases referred for routine examination. The course aims to develop the skills and confidence of the attendees in conducting these autopsy examinations, as well as aid in the interpretation of the findings.

Who Should Attend?

Though aimed primarily at trainees and Consultants in their early years of practice, the course will act as a refresher for all Histopathologists engaged in autopsy practice.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn how best to approach cases of:

  •           vehicular-related trauma,
  •           bodies from water
  •           fire-related deaths,
  •           a decomposed body
  •           hanging and asphyxia,
  •           incised wounds (with emphasis upon cases of self-infliction),
  •           gunshot wounds (with emphasis upon cases of self-infliction), and
  •           basic interpretation of findings on Post-Mortem CT examinations.

Please note that we may also run a Northern meeting in the next six months - TBC





Registration and refreshments


Vehicular Deaths – Dr Ben Swift, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


Fire Deaths and the Burnt Body – Dr Jennifer Bolton, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


Morning Refreshments


Gunshot Wounds – Dr Ginni Fitzpatrick-Swallow, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


Drownings and Bodies from Water – Dr Sacha Kolar, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 




Incised Wounds – Dr Rob Ainsworth, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


The Decomposed Body – Dr Kerryanne Shearer, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


Mid-afternoon refreshments


Pressure to the neck – Dr Richard Jones, Consultant Forensic Pathologist 


PMCT for Pathologists – Dr Frances Hollingbury, Consultant Forensic Pathologist & Dr Ruth Machin, Consultant Thoracic and Post-Mortem Radiologist  



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


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




  • Dr Ben Swift

    Dr Ben Swift has been a Member of the Home Secretary’s Register of Forensic Pathologists since 2006, providing a suspicious death service primarily to East Anglia and London, though also to the South East of England. He is a Partner in Forensic Pathology Services, one of the largest Forensic Group Practices in England and Wales, and is engaged full time in the practice of forensic pathology.

    He has published on forensic pathology, and is an Honorary Consultant to the Royal London Barts NHS Trust for on-going work with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Team and London Air Ambulance Service (HEMS).

  • Dr Richard Jones

    For the last ten years I have been a consultant forensic pathologist in the Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, and currently am a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. I split my time between case work and teaching, and have integrated forensic medicine into the core curriculum for 3rd year medical students, preparing them for their future role of safeguarding vulnerable patients. My areas of particular interest are the pathophysiology of traumatic death and the implications for forensic pathologists of physiological complexity.

  • Dr Ginni Fitzpatrick-Swallow

    Dr Ginni Fitzpatrick-Swallow is a Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and acts as a Consultant on behalf of Forensic Pathology Services, Home Office group practice for Greater London and South East & West Midlands. Dr Fitzpatrick-Swallow has a background in basic science, battlefield pathology and post-mortem computed tomography scanning (PMCT). Her work involves performing post-mortem examinations on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coroner’s and Police Forces in suspicious deaths in both the adult and paediatric populations.

  • Dr Kerryanne Shearer

    Dr Shearer graduated in 1999 from the University of Dundee before undertaking several years training in general medicine and obtaining her MRCP. Following this in 2005 she began her training in Forensic Pathology at Glasgow University, completing this is 2010. She initially worked as a Consultant at Glasgow University for 3 years before taking a similar post in NHS Lothian. She undertakes approximately 350 post mortems cases yearly which includes a combination of homicides, suicides and accidental and natural deaths. One of her specialist interests is in Forensic Toxicology and drug related deaths which are obviously a major ongoing concern in Scotland.

  • Dr Robert John Ainsworth

    Dr Ainsworth has been a consultant forensic pathologist for 12 years in Scotland, undertaking FRCPath Histopathology/Forensic Pathology training at the University of Glasgow before then commencing his consultant forensic pathology career there in 2007. In 2011, he transferred to NHS Lothian (Edinburgh), where he is currently the Head of Specialty for Forensic Pathology.

    Dr Ainsworth's professional interests include the investigation of sudden cardiac deaths in the young, and in this regard he is a member of the steering group for the Familial Arrhythmia Network for Scotland, is the forensic pathology representative for the UK Cardiac Pathology Network, and undertakes the UK CPN annual EQA. He is also an RCPath examiner for the Certificate of Higher Autopsy Training (CHAT) and for the Forensic Pathology Part 2 examination, as well as an examiner for the Worshipful Society of the Apothecaries of London for the DMJ Forensic Pathology examination.

  • Frances Hollingbury

    Dr Hollingbury is an Associate Professor in Forensic Pathology at the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit (EMFPU) and has been a Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist since 2013.  As well as providing forensic pathology services to the coroners and police forces of the East Midlands, EMFPU provides a coronial road traffic collision death service to Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. PMCT has been used in Leicester as an adjunct to the forensic pathology service for over a decade and it is now widely used as part of the RTC service. In 2017, as a result of a work undertaken between EMFPU and University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL), UHL launched the first NHS-based coronial PMCT Service.

  • Ruth Machin

    Dr Machin has been a Consultant Radiologist for 10 years following a Fellowship in thoracic imaging at the University of Toronto.

    She specialises in thoracic and post-mortem imaging and has been reporting post-mortem CT scans for 4.5 years. A year ago she moved to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and is now part of a team providing imaging support for the routine, NHS lead, Coronial autopsy service. In addition, she works closely with the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit double reporting whole body CT in fatal road traffic collisions. She has an interest in medical education,  is a former training programme director in radiology and runs a successful radiologists PMCT training course. She is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Forensic Imaging at the University of Leicester.