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FRCPath Haemostasis and Thrombosis Training and Update

Start date
14th – 18th September 2020
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development

This course will cover all aspects of Clinical and Laboratory Haemostasis and Thrombosis.

Course Overview

Maintenance of blood fluidity and patency of the vascular system is crucial for normal human physiology. The term ‘haemostasis’ refers to the normal response of the vessel to injury by forming a clot that serves to limit haemorrhage. Thrombosis is pathological clot formation that results when haemostasis is excessively activated in the absence of bleeding. Under normal physiological conditions there is a delicate equilibrium between the pathological states of hypercoagulability and hypocoagulability in the circulating blood. Both inherited and acquired disorders can result in either bleeding or thrombosis.  Thrombosis may occur in veins (venous thrombosis) or in arteries (arterial thrombosis). Venous thrombosis leads to congestion of the affected part of the body, while arterial thrombosis affects the blood supply and leads to damage of the tissue supplied by that artery (ischaemia and necrosis). Fragments of either an arterial or a venous thrombus can also break off as an embolus which can travel through the circulation and cause thromboembolism. Accurate clinical and laboratory diagnosis of these disorders is therefore not only critical for the prevention of significant morbidity and mortality but improves patient care and quality of life through prevention and treatment of future bleeding and thrombotic events. Our understanding of these physiological and pathophysiological conditions has also improved significantly over recent years. This has not only resulted in improved diagnosis but in the evolution of state of the art modern laboratory testing and therapies for both bleeding and thrombotic disorders.  As the subject is also rapidly and continually evolving, this course aims to continually give up to date training from established clinicians and scientists in the field.

  • Up-to-date physiology and pathophysiology of Haemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Comprehensive training in basic and advanced clinical and laboratory practice in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Interactive state of the art Lectures from established clinicians and scientists in the field
  • FRCPath focussed
  • Case based data interpretation
  • Practical Demonstration of Haemostasis Assays

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the physiology and pathophysiology of all aspects of Haemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Understand the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of inherited and acquired disorders of Haemostasis and Thrombosis 
  • Understand state of the art laboratory testing for diagnosing and monitoring treatment of Bleeding or Thrombotic Disorders
  • Understand state of the art treatment strategies for either Bleeding or Thrombotic Disorders.

Course Faculty

  • Shafina Ali, University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Raz Alikhan, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Charlotte Bradbury, University of Bristol
  • Alex Brill, University of Birmingham
  • Tina Dutt, Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • Keith Gomez, The Royal Free Hospital
  • David Gurney, University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Claire Harrison, Guy's and St Thomas'
  • Paul Harrison, University of Birmingham
  • Beverley Hunt, Guy's and St Thomas'
  • Ian Jennings, Sheffield
  • Steve Kitchen, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • Will Lester, University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Gill Lowe, University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Peter MacCallum, Royal London
  • Gary Moore, Technoclone
  • Neil Morgan, University of Birmingham
  • Jayashree Motwani, Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Sue Pavord, University of Oxford
  • Charles Percy, University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Susie Shapiro, Oxford University Hospitals
  • Jecko Thachil, Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Mark Thomas, University of Birmingham
  • Henry Watson, NHS Grampian
  • Steve Watson, University of Birmingham

Who is the course for?

It is aimed at SpRs preparing for the part 2 FRCPath examination but is also suitable for clinicians, scientists and biomedical scientists in academia, the NHS, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies wishing to gain intensive training in Haemostasis and Thrombosis.


5 days
14-18 September 2020

Where will this course be held?

Medical School (B1 on campus map), University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT.

The University is easily accessible by train, the University Station is only two stops from Birmingham New Street.

 There are two hotels on campus, both within a 10 minute walk of the Medical School.

Edgbaston park Hotel (G23 on campus map)

Lucas House Hotel (G16 on campus map)


Course Programme

Monday 14th September
Time Session Title
 10:00  Overview of Haemostasis, Paul Harrison, University of Birmingham
 11:00  Laboratory Investigation of Coagulation Disorder, David Gurney, University Hospitals Birmingham
 12:15  Lunch
 13:15  Platelet Biochemistry & Function, Steve Watson, University of Birmingham
 14:15  Paediatric Haemostasis & Rare Inherited Defects, Jayashree Motwani, Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital
 15:30  Refreshments
 15:45  Modern Management of Haemophilia, Keith Gomez, The Royal Free Hospital
 16:45  Close
Tuesday 15th September
Time Session Title
 09:15  Anti-Platelet Drugs, Mark Thomas, University of Birmingham
 10:15  Refreshments
 10:30  Laboratory Control of Anticoagulants, Steve Kitchen, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
 11:30  Antiphospholipid Syndrome and its Management, Beverley Hunt, Guy's and St Thomas'
 12:30  Lunch
 13:30  Neutrophil Extracellular Traps – a new paradigm in T&H, Alex Brill, University of Birmingham
 14:30  Thrombophilia and Duration of Anticoagulation, Will Lester, University Hospitals Birmingham
 15:30  Refreshments
15:45 Acquired Risk Factors for Thrombosis I (Obesity, Malignancy, PNH, nephrotic syndrome), Raz Alikhan, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
16:45 Laboratory Demonstrations
17:30 Close
Wednesday 16th September
Time Session Title
 09:00  Laboratory Diagnosis and Treatment of VWD, Will Lester, University Hospitals Birmingham
 10:00  QC and EQA in Blood Coagulation, Ian Jennings, Sheffield
 11:00  Refreshments
 11:20  VTE Prophylaxis, HIT, Acquired Risk Factors for Thrombosis II, Peter MacCallum, Royal London
 12:35  Lunch
 13:35  Investigation/Management of Myeloproliferative Diseases, Claire Harrison, Guy's and St Thomas'
 14:35  Major Trauma and Haemostasis, Jecko Thachil, Manchester Royal Infirmary
 15:15  Refreshments
 15:30  Advances in genetic testing in Haemostasis, Neil Morgan, University of Birmingham
16:45  Laboratory Demonstrations
17:30 Close
Thursday 17th September
Time Session Title
 09:30  Anticoagulants: New and Old, Henry Watson, NHS Grampian
 10:30  Refreshments
 10:50  Management of Acquired Bleeding Disorders, Charles Percy, University Hospitals Birmingham
 12:10  Lunch
 13:10  Laboratory Data Interpretation, David Gurney, University Hospitals Birmingham
 14:20  Thrombotic Microangiopathies - Laboratory Investigations and Treatment, Tina Dutt, Royal Liverpool Hospital
 15:25  Refreshments
 15:40  Case Studies in Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Susie Shapiro, Oxford University Hospitals
 16:30  Case Studies in Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Gill Lowe, University Hospitals Birmingham
17:45 Close
Friday 18th September
Time Session Title
 09:20  Laboratory Investigation of Antiphospholipid Antibodies, Gary Moore, Technoclone
 10:35  Refreshments
 11:00  ITP, Charlotte Bradbury, University of Bristol
 12:00  Lunch
 13:30  Point of Care Testing at QEHB, Shafina Ali, University Hospitals Birmingham
 15:00  Thrombotic Disorders in Pregnancy, Sue Pavord, University of Oxford
 16:20  Close

Course programme subject to change


£750 per person
The course fee includes all 5 days, refreshments are provided throughout each day. 
The course is subject to minimum numbers.

Please note accommodation is not included in the course fee.

If you wish to book accommodation at the Edgbaston Park Hotel on campus at the discounted rate of £75* B&B per night please contact the MDS Events team,  
*Subject to availability

How To Apply

Registration is open, you can pay for your place using a credit/debit card on the university's online shop.

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The courses have minimum required attendance levels and the University reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if the minimum required number of delegates has not been achieved for the course.

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