[Histonet] Who can perform Histology Duties

Kemlo Rogerson Kemlo.Rogerson <@t> waht.swest.nhs.uk
Thu Jan 10 10:07:41 CST 2008

Please save your flames.  The scenerio of a Non-Histotech embedding,
cutting, and staining my surgical tissue does not thrill me, but that
was not her question.  Maybe the reality of the answer is why many
Histology Labs have always been considered the evil red-headed
stepchildren of the Lab.

I think you are correct in that as long as someone is properly trained,
the training is revisited regularly and there is adequate supervision
and the professional groups are in agreement Non-BMS (Non-Histotech)
Staff can do many jobs in Histology and maybe Non Medical Staff (BMS)
can carry out some interpretation. I would have no issues with a
Non-Histotech (Non-BMS) doing as you say with proper supervision by a
HPC registered supervisor.

But where does it end? Do you need a medical degree to identify vas,
appendix or gall bladder? You need the training to know when you have
reached the limits of your knowledge and when to refer to someone better
able to report a disease and I concede that is probably a Medic. Proper
training can allow Histotech's to report normal, maybe non-normal
requires medical insight, what do you think? 

Kemlo Rogerson        
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