Forensic Pathology


Programe Director - Nigel Cooper

Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien

HR Officer - Claire Stubbs

Forensic pathology is the discipline of pathology concerned with the investigation of deaths where there are medico-legal implications, for example, suspected homicides, death in custody and other complex medico-legal cases.

Much of the day-to-day work of forensic pathology is performing autopsies, for example in a case of stabbing, shooting or head injury, which are common methods of homicide in the United Kingdom. These autopsies are usually carried out under the authority of the coroner in England and Wales, with police present. In England and Wales, forensic pathologists are accredited by the Home Office.

Aside from performing autopsies, attendance at both Crown court and the coroner’s court are frequent, necessitating explaining medical issues to juries as well as relatives.

Contact with other pathologists is important, for example cardiac pathologists, respiratory pathologists and neuropathologists. The career also gives the opportunity of working with non-medical personnel such as police, barristers and lawyers



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