National Pathology plaudit for Paul
04 December 2017
Paul Abrahams, an Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT) working in the Mortuary at Southend University Hospital, has been awarded the Heggie Award by the Royal Society of Public Health.
This prestigious national award is given to the candidate
attaining the highest marks in the Annual Examinations set by Royal
Society of Public Health for their Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical
Pathology Technology. Paul sat these in September 2016 and received
the award at his recent graduation ceremony in London.
Paul said: "This is the first time the award has been won by the
hospital and it's a good thing for myself and my peers. I'm
immensely proud to have won this for the Trust's Mortuary
department, an area that often goes unnoticed. It helps show how
dedicated staff are in our area and how we continue to provide the
best service we can to patients and their relatives."
The qualification recognises the unique role performed by APTs
as part of the Life Science workforce, specifically their place of
work being a mortuary rather than a laboratory and their need to
interact with bereaved members of the public.
Paul completed 10 modules in total, including five theory
modules which were undertaken at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS
Foundation Trust as part of the mortuary training centre. He also
completed five practical modules relating to care of the deceased
in areas such as preparing the deceased for visiting by loved ones,
assistance at post mortem examination and preparation and operation
of a mortuary.
One of Paul's mentors at Southend University Hospital was
Consultant Histopathologist Dr Simon Payne. Dr Payne said: "From
first hand, I can vouch that Paul applies his newly acquired
knowledge to our working situation - along with other members of
the team he provides excellent assistance to us as we conduct
autopsies. Paul is also particularly sensitive and considerate in
his dealings with relatives at the time of their distress. It is no
surprise to me that he has done so well."
Image:l-r Professor Carol Wallace, Fellow of the Royal
Society of Public Health, and Paul Abrahams.
Paul Abrahams in the Chapel of Rest at Southend Hospital
Notes to editor
The award is named after Dr James Heggie, an eminent pathologist
who insisted and even petitioned government in the 1950s and 60s to
have appropriately and adequately trained staff assisting during
the post mortem examination procedure and caring for patients and
the bereaved in the mortuary environment.