Anatomical Pathology TechnicianJob Description:
Anatomical pathology technicians (APTs) help pathologists examine a body to work out the cause of death.Job Category:
What you will do:
As an Anatomical Pathology Technician, you could:
- Make sure tools are clean and ready for use
- Keep accurate records
- Track property and samples taken from the deceased
- Work closely with other health professionals, funeral
- Services staff and family members
- Help train other healthcare professionals
- During an exam of a body, how much you’ll help will depend on your experience.
As well as:
- Take tissue samples
- Help remove organs
- Take samples for lab analysis
- Record the findings
- Help clean the body
- Knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- Knowledge of biology
- To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
While specific GCSE subjects may not be strict prerequisites for becoming an APT, having a strong foundation in certain subjects can be beneficial for understanding the medical field and developing skills relevant to the role. Here are some GCSE subjects that could be helpful:
- Biology: A strong understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and biology is essential for working with tissue samples and assisting in the post-mortem process.
- Chemistry: Basic knowledge of chemistry can be useful for understanding the chemical processes involved in tissue preservation and analysis.
- Mathematics: Math skills are important for measurements, calculations, and ensuring accurate documentation of samples.
- Health and Social Care: This subject can provide insights into healthcare ethics, patient care, and professionalism, which are important aspects of an APT’s role.
- Physics: Some understanding of physics principles can be helpful for comprehending the physical properties of tissues and handling technical equipment.
- Design and Technology: Practical skills learned in this subject could be beneficial for tasks involving equipment maintenance and operating specialized instruments.
- English: Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for recording accurate information and communicating with other healthcare professionals.
It’s important to note that while these GCSE subjects can provide a foundation, becoming an APT typically involves higher education and specialized training. In many cases, individuals interested in this career path pursue further education, such as a diploma, degree, or certification program in anatomical pathology technology or a related field.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 39-41 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays.
You could work at a mortuary. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could:
- Get a senior position and perform specialised techniques.
- Work in specific areas such as forensic pathology.
- Move into mortuary management.