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Professor Keith Shinton MBChB

Professor Emeritus, Clinical Sciences Research Institute

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Warwick Medical School
University of Warwick

  • Consultant. Pathologist 1958-72

  • Consultant Haematologist 1972-91, West Midland Regional Health Authority.

  • Chairman/Director, School of Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Warwick & Warwickshire Postgraduate Medical Centre, 1983-91.

  • President, British Society of Haematology 1984/5

  • President, Association of Clinical Pathologists, 1990/91

  • President, European Committee of Clinical Laboratory Standards 1988-94

  • Member CEN/TC 140 1989- & Member ISO/TC 212 1995

  • Editor & author New Technologies in Clinical Laboratory Science 1986, CRC Desk Reference for Haematology 1998

  • Multiple publications in various journals on lung cancer, anaemias, bleeding disorders and thrombosis, and standardization of clinical laboratory medicine

  • Author of monograph on medical education in Coventry and Warwickshire 2003

  • Recreations: foreign travel, walking, gardening, classical music

Neville Keith Shinton was born in Dudley, Worcestershire in 1925.  He was educated at Dudley Grammar School and entered the Medical School, University of Birmingham in 1942.  After graduation in 1947 he held house officer appointments at the General and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals before entering the Royal Air Force Medical Branch in 1948.  Following a demobilisation course in postgraduate medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1950, he joined Professor Melville Arnott’s Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham as a SHO.  Registrar and Senior Registrar appointments in Clinical Pathology followed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with Honorary Lecturer status in the Department of Pathology, University of Birmingham.  He moved to Coventry in 1958 as a Consultant Pathologist. His main medical interests were always in blood disorders, so in 1972 he became the Consultant Haematologist for Coventry when such posts became recognized by the DHS.  He served on many committees of the Warwickshire Postgraduate Medical Centre, was West Midland Regional Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians 1972-1975, member of council of the Association of Clinical Pathologists, 1969-1972, member of Council, Royal College of Pathologists 1972-1976 & 1977-1980.  He had been a member of Coventry AHA 1974-1978 and at the time of his appointment to the Chair of Postgraduate Medical Education in the University of Warwick was the medical consultant member of the West Midland RHA.

 In 1953 Keith married Margaret Hyde, a fellow medical graduate who worked with the Blood Transfusion Service in Birmingham and later in the Diabetic Clinic at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. They had two sons, one becoming a consultant physician.  Apart from haematology, Keith’s main interests were in listening to opera and music (strictly classical), country and mountain walking and reading history.  Any spare time was taken up with gardening and avoidance of DIY!

Professor Shinton's appointment to the tripartite post of Chairman, School of Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Warwick, Area Director of Postgraduate Medical Education and Director of WPGMEC commenced in August 1983.  His 6 clinical sessions continued as a Consultant Haematologist.  During the summer break of 1983 he had some time to assess how he would undertake the solution of the many problems that beset him in organising postgraduate medical education in Coventry and Warwickshire.  He recognised that the hope of founding a medical school during his tenure was extremely unlikely so devoted his energies to founding a postgraduate centre at Walsgrave Hospital and developing the School of Postgraduate Medical Education already founded by his predecessor.

Following retirement in 1991 he was given Professor Emeritus status at the University.

Professor Shinton continued as President of the European Committee of Clinical Laboratory Medicine until its dissolution in 1994 following which he became the Convener of the Working Groups concerned with quality management of medical laboratories for both the European Standards Committee (CEN) and the International Standards Organization (ISO).  “CRC Desk Reference for Hematology” was published in 1998 under his editorship. 

A monograph “Medical Education in Coventry and Warwickshire before the Leicester Warwick Medical School” was completed in 2003 and a copy will shortly be lodged in the University's library.

detailed curriculum vitae