Following on from last year’s programme the College will be launching Patient Safety Awareness Week 2021 from 17-23 September to raise awareness about the vital role pathology plays in patient safety and to share learning amongst pathologists from patient safety incidents. 

We have a diverse online programme that consists of a range of interactive activities and resources made available, with the aim of encouraging members to have open workplace discussions and consider ways that patient safety can be improved.


  • View our infographic on the journey of a blood sugar sample that we will be sharing with patients, other clinicians and the public  
  • Watch our four CQI webinars
  • Watch three videos showing trainees discussing case studies involving errors/mistakes



  • Listen to our podcast with Prof Peter Johnston on preventing patient harm in laboratory settings

    About Professor Peter Johnston

    Professor Johnston is a consultant histopathologist (NHS Grampian) and Depute Postgraduate Dean (Scotland Deanery, North Region). He chairs the Scotland Regional Council of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Scottish Diagnostics Specialty Training Board.  He has education research leadership roles in the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium and the University of Aberdeen. Professor Johnston is a member of the GMC Curriculum Advisory. He is involved in curriculum redesign at the Royal College of Pathologists and pedagogic research in medical careers decision making and clinical learning environment. Current additional projects explore issues related to educational culture and human factors.


  • Read an article on patient liaison and listen to a podcast on ways in which pathologists and patients can learn from each other to improve patient safety