Programme Director - Annette Nicolle
Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien
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Haematology is one of the few medical specialties requiring both clinical and pathology training and qualifications. It is a unique specialty in which haematologists not only treat patients but are involved in their diagnosis from the very beginning. It is also one of the broadest specialties in terms of types of illnesses treated and skills required by physicians.
Clinically, haematology can be broadly divided into haemato-oncology (leukaemias, lymphoma, myeloma), bone marrow transplantation, inherited and acquired disorders of bone marrow cell production or destruction (marrow failure, aplastic anaemia, myelodysplasia, haemolytic anaemias, haemoglobinopathies), haemostasis and thrombosis, transfusion medicine and paediatric haematology.
In the laboratory, haematologists provide the diagnostic skills for peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology and histology, interpretive skills for haemostasis and thrombosis investigations, medical support for laboratory organisation and a medical advice service for blood transfusion. This clearly has relevance to all clinical areas of hospital and community medicine and, as such, liaison work is a significant part of the job. Both trainees and consultants provide a 24 hour advice service for all hospital and GP enquiries.
The training programme takes 5 years but one year of training can be used for research as long as it is approved by the Specialty Advisory Committee and is relevant to the specialty. The curriculum for haematology involves, management of haematology pathology laboratories, transfusion medicine training and direct patient care. Due to this large variety of duties in haematology, there are also a large variety of settings where a haematologists can work such as: district general hospitals, teaching hospitals, blood transfusion services, highly specialised tertiary referral units such as paediatrics or obstetric units. This shows that there is a diverse
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