General description of the work Consultant Pathologists undertake

Consultant Pathologists examine samples from the body in order to provide a disease diagnoses. They examine tissue specimens to diagnose or to grade or to out–rule malignancy. They undertake post–mortem examinations in order to determine the cause of death.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • Failure to diagnose malignancy
  • Mis–diagnosis of malignancy
  • Retention of organs following a post–mortem
  • Cervical smear cytology mis–diagnoses
  • Breast lump histology mis-diagnoses

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Pathologist may specialise in a particular area of pathology such as histology (examination of tissues) and be known as a Consultant Histopathologist or cytology (examination of cells) and be known as a Consultant Cytologist.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Pathologists will have FRCPath (Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Pathologists) after their names.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Pathologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Pathology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists.