Schools committee raises issues over English testing plans
UNISON’s national schools committee for England, together with representatives of the union’s further education committee, met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS test and trace officials yesterday to discuss the government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January. Among many issues, the committee highlighted concerns about the reliability of the proposed tests, numbers and roles of staff that would be involved, potential increased workloads, proper training, availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), face cov...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

Accuracy of lateral flow antigen tests for COVID-19, Royal College of Pathologists
The Royal College of Pathologists recognises the potential role of Lateral Flow Antigen Tests for COVID-19 (LFTAg) when used in a controlled and targeted way as part of an overall testing strategy. However, the public is reminded that the currently-used versions of these tests are not of sufficient sensitivity or accuracy to rule out the possibility that a negative result may not be correct. Whilst a negative LFTAg result reduces the chance that the person tested is infected, it does not eliminate it; therefore, that person could still potentially infect others. Individuals with negative LFTAg results should still observe...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 tests ‘must have purpose,’ says pathology chief
Covid-19 testing must be done for a purpose and is not merely something that should be counted, according to the head of the Royal College of Pathologists. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 testing: a national strategy, Royal College of Pathologists
This document sets out a vision for a future strategy with which clinical, scientific and policy stakeholders, including patient advocacy groups, can align. The strategy looks past the peak of the epidemic for both viral and antibody testing and has been developed to help build robust process and structures that will work for the future. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guideline Highlights Safety During Autopsy in Suspected COVID-19 Cases Guideline Highlights Safety During Autopsy in Suspected COVID-19 Cases
The UK's Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) has released new guidelines that emphasize risk reduction during postmortem examinations of individuals suspected of having COVID-19.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - March 27, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Nearly 3,300 patients in 'harm review' for merged service
The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Why Nigeria Cannot Start Producing Vaccines Now - Professor of Virology
[Premium Times] Oyewale Tomori is a professor of virology, educational administrator and former vice chancellor. He is a fellow of the Academy of Science of Nigeria, fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria and fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pathology services capacity
This report highlights lack of capacity for pathology services as a result of the increasing number of patient samples that need to be tested. The report recommends that action is taken now to address current and future workforce shortfalls. It also recommends the Royal College of Pathologists should update their guidance and look at ways to attract staff to train in pathology. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PM urged to end 'damaging' contract stand-off
The leaders of 13 royal colleges have urged prime minister David Cameron to end the ‘damaging’ junior doctors contract stand-off. The 'eleventh hour' call comes in a letter signed by the clinical leaders which says health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to return to negotiations, and the resulting impasse, ‘poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system’. Junior doctors will set up pickets across the country on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April — the fifth round of industrial action. Last week, the BMA offered to call off the strike if Mr Hunt lifted imposition of the ...
Source: BMA News - April 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Invest in pathology services to boost diagnosis and cut costs, urges report
Royal College of Pathologists sets out priorities in response to Five Year Forward ViewRelated items from OnMedicaOvarian cancer study paves way for personalised medicineTesting and treating MRSA is cost-effectiveBlood test could help predict breast cancer survivalPathologist calls for post mortem rate to be halvedNHS Medical Director launches pathology review (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 4, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Investigation raises questions over UK pathology services
Improvements are needed to the way pathology departments across the country are organised and quality assessed, a Royal College of Pathologists investigation has found. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 8, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news