National Pathology Programme Board At recent meetings of the Executive Directors Team and Chief Executives of NHS Wales organisations, chaired by Paul Williams, it was confirmed that the National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB) will in future approve standards and protocols relating
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National Pathology Programme Board
At recent meetings of the Executive Directors Team
and Chief Executives of NHS Wales organisations,
chaired by Paul Williams, it was confirmed that the
National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB) will
in future approve standards and protocols relating
to Pathology services and report progress with key
workstreams directly to the EDT. The NPPB
comprises Clinical Directors of Pathology and
Directorate Managers from all Health Boards and
national services. Key workstreams are:
Service planning and delivery
IM&T and Information
Laboratory Information Management System
The contract for the new All Wales LIMS has been
signed with Intersystems, the successful supplier.
Procurement has been carried out n partnership
with Informing Healthcare and with extensive input
from Pathology service colleagues from all
disciplines throughout Wales. An intensive period of
build, configuration and testing of the national
solution is now underway with the first Health Board
planned to go live in summer 2011.
The All Wales LIMS provides Pathology services in
Wales with an opportunity to harmonise practice,
improve clinical governance and increase capacity
and flexibility to meet future demand and new
Further information is available on the Informing
Healthcare website www.wales.nhs.uk/ihc
Do Once and Share
Pathology services throughout Wales remain
committed to reducing duplication of effort by
collaboratively developing resources and sharing
good practice relating to CPA accreditation, MHRA
and HTA regulatory requirements.
Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA)
Phil Shred and Jan Chatfield from CPA attended the
recent meeting of the Pathology Quality Management
Forum (PQMF) to provide an update and answer
Questions on standards relating to POCT services.
Point of Care Testing
Education modules developed by the POCT
Coordinators for competence assessing end users
of a series of POCT devices have been
recommended for adoption UK-wide and will be
available through the Open College Network.
Currently the modules are available through the
Welsh division of the OCN Agored Cymru on
Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
At a recent inspection of a Post Mortem
establishment, the HTA rated the consent forms and
guide booklets developed collaboratively by
colleagues in Wales as the best they have seen. The
first All Wales training in consent taking based upon
these forms was held in July with a further session
planned for September.
Blood Transfusion Request Form
Procurement of the All Wales Blood Transfusion
request forms with attached sample bags has been
carried out in partnership with Welsh Health
Supplies. Details of how to order against the call-off
contract have been provided to all Health Boards.
Further PQMF resources
The most recent resources address:
Guidance for establishing an SLA
Change control template for upgrading of Q-Pulse from version 4 to 5
Resources are posted on the Pathology
Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.
Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,
02920 207615 or firstname.lastname@example.org