Podcasts: Conversations on patient safety

Ready to learn more? Tune in to our podcasts where we seek to promote discussion and inspire action to improve safety in pathology. 

Stay tuned for more podcasts throughout Patient Safety Awareness Week. 

Podcast 1: A conversation with Professor Peter Johnston

We speak to Professor Peter Johnston about 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.


Podcast 2: A conversation with Dr Gareth McKeeman and Liz Doran 

Listen to our conversation between consultant clinical scientist Dr Gareth McKeeman and Liz Doran, a patient undergoing treatment for breast cancer, about the ways in which pathologists and patients can learn from each other to improve patient safety in the workplace.

About Dr Gareth McKeeman

Dr Gareth McKeeman undertook a Bachelor of Science (Hon, Biomedical Science) in 1999 (Queen’s University Belfast) before going on to complete a PhD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Queen’s University Belfast) in 2003 – during which time he developed a novel radioimmunoassay for soluble VEGF receptor-1 and assessed the use of this for the earlier detection of progression to pre-eclampsia.

From 2003–2007 Dr McKeeman was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast and lab manager for large multi-centred research trial investigation into the use of vitamins to reduce pre-eclampsia in a diabetic population (DAPIT). He additionally set up a GC-MS service for assessment of urinary isoprostanes.

In 2007, he took up a trainee clinical scientist post (Clinical Biochemistry) within Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. During this time, he completed a MSc (Clinical Biochemistry with Molecular Biology) and subsequently completed FRCPath during senior and principal clinical scientist posts within Clinical Biochemistry. He commenced his current position as consultant clinical scientist, Clinical Biochemistry, BHSCT in 2015.

Dr McKeeman has oversight over General Automation Core Laboratory across three hospital sites within the Trust and the Regional Immunoproteins Laboratory. He has a keen interest in improving pre-analytical quality and overall quality improvement in general. He is currently the regional audit chair for the NI region and the RCPath Patient Safety representative for the regional council.


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