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Bernie Croal

Clinical Director and Laboratories Lead – Distributed Lab Services North Region

NHS Grampian

Dr Bernie Croal is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist from Aberdeen, Scotland.

Bernie graduated in Honours Physiology (1989) and Medicine (1992) from Glasgow University and went on to train in General Medicine (FRCP 1998) and Clinical Biochemistry (FRCPath 1999).

He moved to Aberdeen to take up an academic Senior Lecturer post in Health Services Research, obtaining an MSc (2000) and MD (2003) degree in Public Health and Health Services Research. He moved over to NHS Grampian in 2003 as Consultant and Clinical Director of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology. In 2009 he founded and was the first Clinical Lead of the Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Managed Diagnostic Network.

Over the last 10 years he has filled many roles at RCPath including Chairs of Scottish Council, the Clinical Biochemistry SAC, the Informatics Committee, the National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue and the Quality Assurance Management Group. At age 43, he was the joint youngest ever RCPath Vice-President (2011-14) and was a member of Council/Exec for 10 consecutive years, as well as a member of both ACB and IBMS Council.

His interest in Demand Optimisation stretches back to his MD work and he has chaired the Scottish Demand Optimisation Programme since 2015, now in implementation phase two. In 2017, he was appointed as Lead for the Scottish North Region Distributed Services Group – aimed at bringing together the Diagnostic services of the six Health Boards in the North of Scotland.

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