Unique NHS autopsy service wins healthcare innovation award

The implementation of the first true NHS located Post-Mortem Computed Tomography service by Leicester forensic pathologists and radiologists has received an award for its innovative approach to improving healthcare.

The East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit and Professor Bruno Morgan were announced as the winners of the 'Innovation Through Integration' category at this year’s East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards.

Their innovation is a computed tomography (CT) service, which is an alternative to the traditional invasive autopsy requested by Her Majesty’s (HM) Coroners for the investigation of sudden natural death. Rather than invasive techniques, the service uses advanced imaging techniques during post mortems.

The awards, hosted by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), recognise and celebrate the work of the NHS, universities, healthcare companies, charities and other health and social care organisations to develop new, or ensure better delivery of existing healthcare services for local people.

Professor Guy Rutty, Chief Forensic Pathologist at the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, said: “This award is fantastic recognition of the expertise and hard work of those working in the East Midlands Pathology Unit and those others who support our efforts. It is a great honour to be recognised amongst fellow innovators in the NHS.”

The awards were presented at the National Space Centre in Leicester on Thursday 5 November.