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Celebrating IBMS exam success

It is time to celebrate the success of more IBMS members in the Diploma of Expert Practice (DEP) or Advanced Specialist Diploma (ASD) in Histological Dissection and the DEP in Immunocytochemistry exams.

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Before candidates enter the exams, they must pass the portfolio element of the assessment. Within the portfolio candidates must provide evidence including a case log, case reviews, case studies, audits, formative assessments and training sessions. This is marked against a set of standards that are specific to the qualification being undertaken.


DEP in Histological Dissection 26 out of the 35 candidates who sat the exams for this qualification in November 2023 passed.

Moriam Ali - St George’s Hospital, London

Muhammad Aseem - Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Simon Avery - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

Philippa Bleasdale - Harrogate District Hospital

Susan Brehaut - Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

William Carey - Cumberland Infirmary

Margaret-Danielle Casement - Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

John Cator - Milton Keynes University Hospital

Emily Clarke - Kettering General Hospital

James Cooper - Rotherham Hospital

Deborah Craddock - Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Justine Dickinson - Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Victoria Egan - Whiston Hospital

Louise Elliott - Manchester Royal Infirmary

Emma Fowler - Worcester Royal Hospital

Katherine Gore - Royal Cornwall Hospital

Nicola Graveson - Salford Royal Hospital

Nicola Hannaway - Royal Gwent Hospital

Selina Le Marquand - Rotherham Hospital

Sarah Matthews - Northampton General Hospital

Shivangi Nikita Parmar - Cheltenham General Hospital

Leah Thorne - Southampton General Hospital

Joanne Ware - Royal Gwent Hospital

Jennifer Wilde – Salford Royal Hospital

Darren Williams - Peterborough City Hospital

John Williams - Royal Bournemouth Hospital


DEP in Immunocytochemistry

All three candidates who sat the exams for this qualification in 2023 passed:

Faiza Boliya – York Hospital

Yvette Gane – Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Penelope Knights-Holder – Royal Gwent Hospital


ASD in Histological Dissection

Three out of the four candidates in breast pathology and four out of the seven candidates in lower gastrointestinal pathology who sat the written exam in November 2023 and the viva voce examination in early 2024 passed:


Breast Pathology

Saadia Ali - Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Chika Eze - Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Laura Hanton - Royal Stoke University Hospital


Lower Gastrointestinal Pathology

Sarah De-Vaux Balbirnie - Ipswich Hospital

Palminder Dusanjh - Royal Derby Hospital

Matthew Helferty - Altnagelvin Hospital

Emma Wray - Altnagelvin Hospital

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