London / KSS Specialty School of Pathology

Our mission is to produce high quality consultants who are ready to move into senior, clinical and academic positions at the end of their training. We aim to meet the challenges of the local healthcare environment by promoting excellence and providing the best trained doctors possible.

We focus on top-level clinical, generic and academic training within the pathology specialties, placing particular emphasis on developing doctors who aspire to excellence in their chosen area of expertise.

Why choose this school?

The London / KSS region is home to one of Europe’s most diverse populations, covering a wide range of urban and rural communities. Consultant pathologists trained at the school will gain invaluable experience from exposure to different working environments and a cross-section of the healthcare community.

The region offers world-class academic institutions, including:

These organisations work in partnership with the London and KSS Deaneries to provide bespoke and integrated clinical academic training opportunities. Trainees interested in a clinical career with education and/or research components will have ample opportunity to benefit from these resources.

Opportunities for subspecialty training exist in all of the pathology disciplines. The school also encourages trainees to get involved in regional specialty and school activity through STCs, the school’s trainee forum and representation on the school board and executive.

Who is the head?

Sarah HillThe head of the London / KSS Specialty School of Pathology is Dr Sarah Hill. Sarah is a practising consultant histopathologist based at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Previously, she was STC chair for histopathology in north London and clinical tutor at West Hertfordshire. She is currently finishing her four-year tenure as associate medical director at the trust.

Sarah was jointly responsible for instigating the Year One School of Pathology in London, which has been operating a successful study for run-through training for nearly three years. Sarah is also vice chair of the Royal College of Pathologists’ (RCPath) Year One Assessments Committee in Histopathology. In her role as head of school she will be working with five specialities and six specialty training committees that manage over 400 trainees.

Our programmes

The London / KSS Specialty School of Pathology is responsible for the recruitment, training and assessment of over 400 trainees in the pathology specialties. Our programmes are designed to help trainees achieve the standards of the curricula set by the RCPath and the Royal College of Physicians. Key features of the training programmes can be found on the relevant specialty pages. The specialties covered are :

• Chemical Pathology
• Haematology
• Histopathology
• Immunology
• Medical Microbiology and Virology

Find out more

To find out more about training in the pathology subspecialties, visit the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website for information on chemical pathologyhaematology and histopathology and the Royal College of Pathologists website. Important information on haematology and immunology can also be found on the Royal College of Physicians website.