A sad but inevitable part of a hospital’s responsibilities is caring for the deceased and their grieving relatives. The nature of their work means that mortuary staff receive little recognition, but one of the team at Basildon Hospital has won praise from a national training centre for his excellent skills and sensitivity.
Jake Smith is one of the first anatomical pathology technicians (APTs) in the country to achieve a new Royal Society for Public Health academic qualification. APTs play a vital role in assisting the pathologist carrying out post-mortems to determine the cause of death. The team at Basildon Hospital also work with the external forensic pathologist to assist the police with post-mortems.
Most of an APT’s training is carried out in the workplace, and Jake joined the team at Basildon Hospital as a trainee in November 2013. He recently completed the new level 3 diploma course in anatomical pathology technology and last week (3 September) he heard from the training centre for England at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust that he has passed with flying colours.