FRCPath Haemostasis and Thrombosis Training and Update

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Postgraduate, Continuing professional development

We regret to inform that due to the COVID-19 situation and ongoing campus closure the 2020 course is now postponed until further notice. We are now looking towards offering an online version of the course and will provide updates soon. Meanwhile please contact the events team if you need any further information?

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
Dates to be confirmed

Where will this course be held?

This course will be held online, details will be provided in due course.

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Course Programme

Day 1
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
Day 2
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
Day 3
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
Day 4
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
Day 5
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


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