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Welcome to the North West School of Pathology



Health Education England North West (HEE NW) School of Pathology aims to provide the best training and support to all our trainees.

Dr Lipsita Patnaik is the current Head of School for the School of Pathology and Dr Mumtaz Patel is Associate Dean. 

Opportunities exist within the Deanery for subspecialty training in all of the pathology disciplines.

The School actively encourages trainees to be involved in school activity and have trainee representatives on the school board and executive.

The School oversees the training in Chemical Pathology & Metabolic Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (inc Tropical Medicine), Virology and Histopathology (including the subspecialties of Paediatric Pathology, Forensic Pathology and Neuropathology). The aim is to provide specialist training to ensure new consultants are appointed with the knowledge and skills required for professional practice.



Head of the North West School of Pathology



Dr Lipsita Patnaik


Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Whinney Heys Road



Associate Postgraduate Dean for Pathology



Dr Mumtaz Patel


Health Education England
Three Piccadilly Place
M1 3BN




Associate Head of School 



Dr Vinita Mishra


Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP





School of Pathology Key Contacts



Specialty North Western Mersey
Chemical Pathology

Dr Denise Darby

Infectious Diseases  Dr Alec Bonington
Dr Sylviane Defres
Medical Microbiology and Virology  Dr Andrew Dodgson
Dr Jonathan Folb
Histopathology Dr Edmund Cheesman
Dr Carol Ross


Role Name Email 
School of Pathology Careers Lead

Bianca Da Gama-Rose

Academic Representative

Richard Byers

LTFT lead

Vinita Mishra




HEE North West School of Pathology Training Programme Management Team



The HEE North West School of Pathology Training Programme Management Team are based at HEE's Liverpool Office.

Role Name Email Address Telephone Number
Programme Support Manager for Pathology Natalie Dawson 0151 479 2615
Programme Support Co-ordinator for Pathology Lindsey Robinson 0151 479 2587
Programme Support Officer for Pathology Gill Johnson 0151 479 2528

 General enquiries from Trainees should be emailed to the School of Pathology Programme Support Team on the following email address:



HEE North West Lead Employer



From 1 October 2018 St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the Lead Employer for the whole of the North West region.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
General Queries Email: Tel: 0151 426 1600
Payroll Email: Tel: 0151 290 4658

 Links for Support



If you are a trainee experiencing difficulties, please follow this link: for further support. 

There is an updated NW SuppoRTT Guidance document available here: 

For information on Return to Training: 



Important Dates






Histopathology Summer ARCP panel 

VENUE: Virtual MS Teams


16 May



Pathology Spring Board meeting 

VENUE: Virtual MS Teams @ 2pm - 4pm





Chemical Pathology Summer ARCP Panel 

VENUE: Virtual MS Teams


14 &2december








Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology Summer ARCP Panel

VENUE: Virtual MS Teams



Useful Links

link icon The Royal College of Pathology

link icon Careers Advice

Policies & Procedures

SuppoRTT pre/post absence support -


College Registration & ePortfolios



Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and General Internal Medicine (GIM) must register with JRCPTB and access the ePortfolio through the College on registration to list all placements, supervisors and WPBAs. All guidance and help will be through the college: 

Trainees who are joint Medical Microbiology, Medical Virology with Infectious Diseases will need to register as a joint trainee with RCPath: - trainees will access JRCPTB to record training competencies.

Histopathology specialities and Chemical Pathology (incl Metabolic Medicine) must register with Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and register to access the LEPT eportfolio system to list all placements, supervisors and WPBAs. All guidance and help will be through the College: 


Page Last Updated 28 January 2021