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pathology programme news 27 th march 2009
Pathology Programme News 27th March 2009

National Pathology

Programme Board

The Pathology Modernisation Project will

formally conclude on 31st March 2009. The

project team would like to thank to all those in

the service who have contributed to the work of

the project. We are sure you will agree that

considerable progress has been made and the

profile of Pathology has been raised

significantly. The Minister for Health has

approved continuation of the Diagnostic

Services Programme enabling arrangements to

be put in place to allow the transformation from

the current Pathology Modernisation Project to a

National Pathology Forum / Body whose role

and responsibilities will be integral to the new

national planning arrangements for Wales.

Whilst detailed work to clarify future national

planning processes takes place, a National

Pathology Programme Board will be established

to ensure that momentum and continuity are

maintained. The National Pathology Programme

Board will be chaired by Bob Hudson, Director

of Strategic Direction and Planning in WAG, and

will take a lead role in the ongoing planning and

delivery of Pathology services in Wales. The

Board will also be responsible for establishing

appropriate structures which will continue to

support the delivery of an integrated approach to

the planning and delivery of Pathology services.

The National Pathology Programme Board will

meet for the first time on Thursday 18th May.

pathology programme news no 10 6 th april 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 106th April 2010

National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB), which includes Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services, will meet next

on 15th April 2010.

The Board’s work programme for 2010 / 2011

reflects the following priorities:

Quality, including the design of services to meet appropriate accreditation and regulatory requirements such as CPA, Blood Bank MHRA and HTA

Workforce, including an All Wales approach to the design of an appropriate workforce to underpin future service planning and delivery

Information standards that will support reporting Pathology KPIs and benchmarking

Development of appropriate standardisation to reduce variation and support configuration and implementation of the new LIMS

Accreditation Requirements

Laboratory, Quality, POCT, Blood Bank Managers

and HTA Designated Individuals continue to

collaboratively develop resources and share good

practice relating to CPA accreditation and

compliance with MHRA and HTA regulatory

requirements.

Resources currently under development by the

HTA group include All Wales consent forms and

accompanying guides for Post Mortem

examinations.

Resources currently under development by the

Pathology Quality Management Forum include

Identification and Control of Non-Conformities

guidance and guidance for the Content of a Service

Level Agreement between a Pathology Department

and a User / Customer.

Printing of the All Wales Blood Transfusion Request

form is currently out to tender.

Completed resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Please contact Margie Fielden, Pathology

Programme Manager, on 20920 207615 or by

emailing margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk if you have

any queries or issues accessing the website.

User Satisfaction Survey

Colleagues in A&E departments throughout Wales

have completed an on-line survey of user

satisfaction. A draft interim report at All Wales level

is currently available – Health Board and site level

reports will be available shortly. The purpose of this

first exercise in carrying out an online survey on a

variety of sites in a variety of Health Boards was to

try out the idea and assess whether the concepts of

All Wales surveys and user satisfaction indices have

potential for the future. From the interim report, that

certainly appears to be the case. Even though this

initial sample of users is a small one, it is clear from

the report that such surveys can be a tremendously

useful vehicle to stimulate valuable engagement

with users and support future service planning. The

survey also provides a really good insight into what

requesters consider to be the important aspects of

Pathology services and those areas where there is

clearly potential for educating users. There is no

doubt that this first All Wales user survey is a very

important step toward measuring user satisfaction in

a manner that enables it to truly be a robust indicator

of quality of which the service can feel genuine

ownership. 

IM&T

The LIMS Full Business Case has been submitted to

WAG for final approval. A number of workshops are

currently being held as part of the work by Pathology

disciplines to develop the standardisation detail

required to inform configuration of the new LIMS.

Please contact Margie Fielden if you have any

queries about who to contact if you are not already

engaged in your discipline’s activity.

Portfolios of standardisation are being quality

assured by the discipline SSAGs and issued through

the NPPB. This will enable services to begin to take

advantage of the opportunities these All Wales

standards provide for future service planning and

delivery across Health Boards and national services.

For further information on the National Pathology

Programme, please go to howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

pathology programme news no 11 4 th may 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 114th May 2010

National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB) work programme for 2010 / 2011

reflects the following priorities:

Quality, including the design of services to meet appropriate accreditation and regulatory requirements such as CPA, Blood Bank MHRA and HTA

Workforce, including an All Wales approach to the design of an appropriate workforce to underpin future service planning and delivery

Information standards that will support reporting Pathology KPIs and benchmarking

Development of appropriate standardisation to reduce variation and support configuration and implementation of the new LIMS

The NPPB comprises Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services and will meet

next on 10th June 2010.

IM&T

The LIMS Full Business Case has been submitted

to WAG for final approval. A number of workshops

are currently being held as part of the work by

Pathology disciplines to develop the standardisation

detail required to inform configuration of the new

LIMS. Portfolios of standardisation are being quality

assured by the discipline SSAGs and issued

through the NPPB. This will enable services to

begin to take advantage of the opportunities these

All Wales standards provide for future service

planning and delivery across Health Boards and

national services.

LIMS work streams in which the service is directly

involved include:

Benefits

Readiness and standardisation, including sample numbering, screen configuration and business intelligence

Legacy data

Design, build and configuration

Testing and validation

Dependency management

Service management

Training

Implementation

Accreditation Requirements

Laboratory, Quality, POCT, Blood Bank Managers

and HTA Designated Individuals continue to

collaboratively develop resources and share good

practice relating to CPA accreditation and

compliance with MHRA and HTA regulatory

requirements.

The HTA group will hold a workshop for Coroners

and Pathologists on 14th May. Resources currently

under development by the group include All Wales

consent forms and accompanying guides for Post

Mortem examinations.

Resources currently under development by the

Pathology Quality Management Forum include

Identification and Control of Non-Conformities

guidance and guidance for the Content of a Service

Level Agreement between a Pathology Department

and a User / Customer.

Printing of the All Wales Blood Transfusion Request

form is currently out to tender.

Completed resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Please note:

The HTA recently issued general directions requiring

all post mortem establishments to submit a report on

compliance with HTA standards by 30th June. Their

form is based upon that developed by Tim Von

Pokorny and the All Wales Pathology Quality

Managers Forum. The HTA have stated that if

hospitals in Wales have completed that form within

the past 6 months, they will accept that rather than

requiring that the HTA compliance form be

completed and submitted.

For further information on the National Pathology

Programme, please go to howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Please contact Margie Fielden, Pathology

Programme Manager, on 20920 207615 or by

emailing margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk if you have

any queries or issues accessing the Pathology

Community website.

For further information on the LIMS Programme,

please visit http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/ihc

pathology programme news no 12 1 st june 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 121st June 2010

National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB) work programme for 2010 / 2011

reflects the following priorities:

Quality, including the design of services to meet appropriate accreditation and regulatory requirements such as CPA, Blood Bank MHRA and HTA

Workforce, including an All Wales approach to the design of an appropriate workforce to underpin future service planning and delivery

Information standards that will support reporting Pathology KPIs and benchmarking

Development of appropriate standardisation to reduce variation and support configuration and implementation of the new LIMS

The NPPB comprises Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services and will meet

next on 10th June 2010.

IM&T

The Minister for Health has approved the LIMS Full

Business Case, which is very good news indeed. A

number of workshops are currently being held as

part of the work by Pathology disciplines to develop

the Standardisation detail required to inform

configuration of the new LIMS. Portfolios of

standardisation are being quality assured by the

discipline SSAGs and will be issued through the

NPPB. This will enable services to begin to take

advantage of the opportunities these All Wales

standards provide for future service planning and

delivery across Health Boards and national

services.

LIMS work streams in which the service is directly

involved include:

Benefits

Readiness and standardisation, including sample numbering, screen configuration and business intelligence

Legacy data

Design, build and configuration

Testing and validation

Dependency management

Service management

Implementation and Training

Accreditation Requirements

Laboratory, Quality, POCT, Blood Bank Managers

and HTA Designated Individuals continue to

collaboratively develop resources and share good

practice relating to CPA accreditation and

compliance with MHRA and HTA regulatory

requirements.

The HTA group held a workshop for Coroners

and Pathologists on 14th May. Resources currently

under development by the group include All Wales

consent forms and accompanying guides for Post

Mortem examinations.

Resources currently under development by the

Pathology Quality Management Forum include

Identification and Control of Non-Conformities

guidance and guidance for the Content of a Service

Level Agreement between a Pathology Department

and a User / Customer.

Printing of the All Wales Blood Transfusion Request

form is currently out to tender.

Completed resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Please note:

The HTA recently issued general directions requiring

all post mortem establishments to submit a report on

compliance with HTA standards by 30th June. Their

form is based upon that developed by Tim Von

Pokorny and the All Wales Pathology Quality

Managers Forum. The HTA have stated that if

hospitals in Wales have completed that form within

the past 6 months, they will accept that rather than

requiring that the HTA compliance form be

completed and submitted.

For further information on the National Pathology

Programme, please go to howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Please contact Margie Fielden, Pathology

Programme Manager, on 20920 207615 or by

emailing margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk if you have

any queries or issues accessing the Pathology

Community website.

For further information on the LIMS Programme,

please visit http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/ihc

pathology programme news no 13 1 st july 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 131st July 2010

National Pathology Programme

The National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

comprises Clinical Directors of Pathology and

Directorate Managers from all Health Boards and

national services.

The National Pathology Programme comprises

three major workstreams.

Service planning and delivery includes:

- The continued implementation of the

recommendations contained in The Future

Delivery of Pathology Services in Wales

- Achievement of accreditation and regulatory

requirements

- Development of Key Performance Indicators

for Pathology

- Benchmarking

Workforce includes:

- All Wales Pathology workforce planning

- Accredited training units for support staff

accessible to all

- All Wales engagement with Modernising

Scientific Careers

- Leading and Delivering Change in

Pathology programme

IM&T and Information includes:

- LIMS readiness and standardisation to

inform configuration of the new LIMS

- All Wales information sets for workload,

staffing and finance

Laboratory Information Management System

(LIMS)

The new national Laboratory Information

Management System is being delivered in

partnership with Informing Healthcare and with

extensive input from Pathology service colleagues

from all disciplines throughout Wales. The Minister

for Health approved the LIMS Full Business Case in

June and, following a period of detailed competitive

dialogue with the three shortlisted suppliers, the

contract with Intersystems was signed on 29th June.

Intensive work is currently being undertaken in all

disciplines to develop the standardisation detail

required to inform configuration of the new LIMS.

Discipline portfolios of standardisation are being

quality assured by the SSAGs and will be issued

through the NPPB. This will enable services to begin

to take advantage of the opportunities these All

Wales standards provide for future service planning

and delivery within and between Health Boards and

National services as well as opportunities for

future workforce development.

LIMS workstreams currently being delivered with

intensive input from Pathology services include:

LIMS design, build and configuration

Legacy data

Sample numbering

Screen configuration

Reference data

Business intelligence

Testing and validation

Dependency management

Service management

Implementation and Training

Do Once and Share

Laboratory, Quality, POCT, Blood Bank Managers

and HTA Designated Individuals continue to

collaboratively develop resources and share good

practice relating to CPA accreditation, MHRA and

HTA regulatory requirements.

The All Wales Blood Transfusion Request Form is

currently being implemented in Health Boards and

the HTA group has developed All Wales consent

forms and accompanying guides for Post Mortem

examinations.

The most recent resources developed by the

Pathology Quality Management Forum address

Identification and Control of Non-Conformities

and guidance for the Content of a Service Level

Agreement between a Pathology Department and a

User / Customer.

Completed resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Further information can be obtained by visiting

http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmu or by contacting

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager, on

20920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

pathology programme news no 14 2 nd august 2010
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

Workforce

IM&T and Information

Laboratory Information Management System

(LIMS)

The contract for the new All Wales LIMS has been

signed with Intersystems, the successful supplier.

Procurement has been carried out in 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

service developments.

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

www.agored.org.uk

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 margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 142nd August 2010
pathology programme news no 15 1 st september 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 151st September 2010

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

Workforce

IM&T and Information

Laboratory Information Management System

(LIMS)

The contract for the new All Wales LIMS has been

signed with Intersystems, the successful supplier.

Procurement has been carried out in 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

service developments.

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

www.agored.org.uk

Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

HTA Designated Individuals have developed consent

forms and guide booklets for hospital and Coroner

post mortem examinations of adults and babies. The

second All Wales training in consent taking based

upon these forms will be held on 23rd 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

All resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

pathology programme news no 16 1 st october 2010
Diagnostic Services Programme

Lindsey Davies will be leaving the Programme on

8th October to take up a post in Aneurin Bevan

Health Board. Lindsey’s expertise and drive will be

sorely missed and we thank her for her energetic

leadership of the Programme since April 2006.

Lindsey’s replacement will be Jane Fitzpatrick.

Jane is Head of the Programme Management Unit

and Portfolio Manager for the NHS Reform

Programme.

National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

In June2010 the Executive Directors Team (EDT)

and Chief Executive (CEO) Group chaired by Paul

Williams, agreed that in future the NPPB would

report to the EDT/CEO Group. It was also agreed

that the NPPB would be responsible for overseeing

development and consensus approval of standards

and protocols relating to Pathology services on

behalf of NHS bodies represented by members.

The NPPB comprises Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services.

Laboratory Information Management System

The contract for the new All Wales LIMS has been

Signed. The successful supplier, Intersystems, has

begun working in partnership with NHS Wales

Informatics Services (which includes 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

service developments.

Further information is available on the Informing

Healthcare website www.wales.nhs.uk/ihc

Pathology Diploma level 3

Skills for Health confirm that the level 3 Pathology

Diploma has been approved and will be available

from January 2011. Jill Manley from Hywel Dda HB

and Victoria Bradley from ABMUHB have been

pivotal to the development of the diploma. View it on

http://www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk/qualificatio

n/50117622.seo.aspx

Point of Care Testing

Education modules developed by the POCT

Coordinators for assessing competence of 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

www.agored.org.uk

Post Mortem Establishments

HTA Designated Individuals have developed consent

forms and guide booklets for hospital and Coroner

post mortem examinations of adults and babies. The

second All Wales training in consent taking based

upon these forms was held on 23rd September.

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.

Further PQMF resources

The most recent resources address:

Mapping of CPA, HTA and MHRA requirements against Doing Well, Doing Better: Standards for Health Services in Wales

Guidance for establishing an SLA

All resources are posted on the Pathology

Community website on www.nliah.com/portal.

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 161st October 2010
pathology programme news no 17 1 st november 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 171st November 2010

Diagnostic Services Programme

Lindsey Davies has left the Programme to take up a

post in Aneurin Bevan Health Board. Lindsey’s

expertise and drive will be sorely missed and we

thank her for her energetic leadership of the

Programme since April 2006. Lindsey’s

replacement will be Jane Fitzpatrick. Jane is Head

of the Programme Management Unit and Portfolio

Manager for the NHS Reform Programme.

National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

In June2010 the Executive Directors Team (EDT)

and Chief Executive (CEO) Group chaired by Paul

Williams, agreed that in future the NPPB would

report to the EDT/CEO Group. It was also agreed

that the NPPB would be responsible for overseeing

development and consensus approval of standards

and protocols relating to Pathology services on

behalf of NHS bodies represented by members.

The NPPB comprises Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services and is chaired

by Bob Hudson, Chief Executive Public Health

Wales.

Laboratory Information Management System

The contract for the new All Wales LIMS has been

signed. The successful supplier, Intersystems, has

begun working in partnership with NHS Wales

Informatics Services (which includes Informing

Healthcare) and with extensive input from

Pathology service colleagues from all disciplines

throughout Wales. An intensive period of build,

Configuration, demonstration 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

service developments.

Further information on the LIMS and related IT

projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/ihc

Pathology Diploma level 3

Skills for Health confirm that the level 3 Pathology

Diploma has been approved and will be available

from January 2011. Jill Manley from Hywel Dda HB

and Victoria Bradley from ABMUHB have been

pivotal to the development of the diploma. View it on

http://www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk/qualificatio

n/50117622.seo.aspx

Point of Care Testing

Education modules developed by the POCT

Coordinators for assessing competence of 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

www.agored.org.uk

Post Mortem Establishments

HTA Designated Individuals have collaborated to

develop consent forms and guide booklets for

hospital and Coroner post mortem examinations of

adults and babies which meet HTA requirements. All

Wales training in consent taking based upon these

forms is currently underway.

Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA)

A recent meeting of the Pathology Quality

Management Forum (PQMF) was attended by

representatives from CPA to provide an update and

Answer questions on standards relating to POCT.

Further PQMF resources

The most recent resources address:

Mapping of CPA, HTA and MHRA requirements against Doing Well, Doing Better: Standards for Health Services in Wales

Guidance for establishing an SLA

View other resources on the Pathology Community

www.nliah.com/portal

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

pathology programme news no 18 1 st december 2010
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 181st December 2010

Diagnostic Services Programme

Jane Fitzpatrick, who is Head of the PMU and

Portfolio Manager for the NHS Wales Service,

Workforce and Financial Framework Portfolio, has

taken up the role of Diagnostic Services

Programme Director. The SWaFF Portfolio includes

a number of National Service Programmes, each

with a Health Board CEO as Lead. These include

Unscheduled Care, Acute Care, Long Term

Conditions and Medicines Management. Enabling

Programmes including Informatics and Workforce

Modernisation are also included in the Portfolio and

it is being recommended that Diagnostics be

established as a further enabling programme, which

would be a very positive development for both the

Pathology and Imaging Programmes. 

National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

The NPPB comprises Clinical Directors of

Pathology and Directorate Managers from all

Health Boards and national services and is chaired

by Bob Hudson, Chief Executive Public Health

Wales. At their meeting on 11th November 2010,

the Board formally approved the adoption of the All

Wales Consent Forms and Information Booklets

relating to hospital post mortem examinations of

adults and children. These and other resources to

assist HTA Designated Individuals, Quality

Managers, POCT Coordinators and Laboratory

Managers are available on the Pathology

Community website at www.nliah.com/portal

Laboratory Information Management System

Configuration of the All Wales LIMS is currently

underway with colleagues from NWIS, Intersystems

and Pathology working in partnership to provide

Pathology services in Wales with an opportunity to

harmonise practice, improve clinical governance

and increase capacity and flexibility to meet future

demand and new service developments.

Workshops will be held to demonstrate and obtain

feedback on the build at key points. Further

information on the LIMS and related IT projects is

available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal users of Pathology

services will be undertaken in January 2011. The

questionnaire has been developed by the Pathology

Quality Management Forum and will be available

online. Responses will enable an index of

satisfaction to be calculated for individual sites,

Health Boards and on an All Wales level.

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and maximise

access to local expertise within Pathology

departments in Wales, All Wales training events are

being planned to take place during 2011 as follows:

Training in carrying out audit for those with

responsibility for Quality Management within their

organisation

Training in taking consent for hospital post mortem

examinations of adults

Details will be circulated through the Quality

Management Forum and HTA Designated Individuals

Group respectively.

Pathology Diploma level 3

Skills for Health formally launched the Pathology

Diploma level 3 qualification on 24th November.

Details of the diploma and awarding organisation are

available through Ofqual at the following link:

http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/501_1762_2

Point of Care Testing

Education modules developed by the POCT

Coordinators for assessing competence of 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

www.agored.org.uk

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

pathology programme news no 19 1 st january 2011
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 191st January 2011

National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

The NPPB meets next on 26th January 2011 and

the other All Wales groups will be meeting during

the period January to March as follows:

12th January Laboratory Managers’ Group

4th February POCT Coordinators’ Group

11th March HTA Designated Individuals Group

15th March Quality Managers’ Group

16th March Laboratory Managers’ Group

30th March NPPB

Colleagues from all Health Boards and national

services are welcome to participate in programme

activities and attend the various meetings,

workshops and training events which take place

regularly. Your representatives on the NPPB and

other All Wales groups, including those involved in

discipline standardisation for the LIMS, will provide

feedback at your local department meetings.

Please get in touch if you have any queries. The

level of service engagement in National Pathology

Programme activities is excellent with opportunities

to collaborate with colleagues and save duplicating

effort being one of the major benefits participants

derive from their involvement.

Laboratory Information Management System

Configuration of the All Wales LIMS is currently

underway with NWIS, Intersystems and Pathology

colleagues working in partnership. Please look out

for and make every effort to attend the workshops

which will be held to demonstrate and obtain feedback on

the build at key points. Further information on the LIMS

and related IT projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

10th January LIMS Clinical Strategy Group

11th January LIMS Implementation Board

3rd February LIMS Implementation Board

3rd March LIMS Implementation Board

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and maximise

access to local expertise within Pathology

departments in Wales, a number of All Wales training

events are being planned to take place during 2011.

Dates secured so far are as follows:

18th March Anatomical Pathology Technician training day

25th March Adult Post Mortem Consent training

5th April APT training day (repeat of 18/03)

Training in carrying out audit for those with

responsibility for Quality Management within their

organisation is also being arranged. Details of this

will be circulated through the Quality Managers’

Group.

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal secondary care users

of Pathology services will be undertaken during

January 2011. The questionnaire has been

developed by the Pathology Quality Managers’

Group and will be available online. The link will be

distributed through Quality Managers. Please

encourage colleagues who request tests to complete

the survey as User Satisfaction is a vital indicator of

service quality and survey results will be valuable to

you and your colleagues both to inform future service

planning and delivery and to help identify where

there are communication and education needs

amongst your service users. Survey responses will

enable an index of satisfaction to be calculated for

individual sites, Health Boards and on an All Wales

level.

“Do Once and Share”

Please visit www.nliah.com/portal to access the

Pathology Community website, where you’ll find

resources, case studies and other material

contributed by colleagues to reduce duplication

of effort and help stimulate ideas for further

sharing, learning and collaboration.

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

On this first day of the New Year, this comes

with every good wish for a happy, healthy and

prosperous 2011

pathology programme news no 20 1 st february 2011
Pathology Programme NewsNo. 201st February 2011

National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

The NPPB meets next on 30th March 2011 and

the other All Wales groups will be meeting during

the period February / March as follows:

4th February POCT Coordinators’ Group

11th March HTA Designated Individuals Group

15th March Quality Managers’ Group

16th March Laboratory Managers’ Group

30th March National Pathology Programme Board

Colleagues from all Health Boards and national

services are welcome to participate in programme

activities and attend the various meetings,

workshops and training events which take place

regularly. Your representatives on the NPPB and

other All Wales groups, including those involved in

discipline standardisation for the LIMS, will provide

feedback at your local department meetings.

Please get in touch if you have any queries. The

level of service engagement in National Pathology

Programme activities is excellent with opportunities

to collaborate with colleagues and save duplicating

effort being one of the major benefits participants

derive from their involvement.

Laboratory Information Management System

Configuration of the All Wales LIMS is currently

underway with NWIS, Intersystems and Pathology

colleagues working in partnership. Please look out

for and make every effort to attend the workshops

which will be held to demonstrate and obtain feedback on

the build at key points. Further information on the LIMS

and related IT projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

The LIMS Implementation Board meets next on

Thursday 3rd February. LIMS implementation

project leads from All Health Boards and national

services form the core membership of the LIMS

Implementation Board and will provide feedback at

your local Pathology service meetings. The flexible

nature of the new LIMS provides exciting

opportunities to integrate services and do things in

new ways. Please take every opportunity to

participate in your local LIMS readiness project and

help shape the future service in your organisation.

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and maximise

access to local expertise within Pathology

departments in Wales, a number of All Wales training

events are being planned to take place during 2011.

Please speak to your service manager if you would

like to attend any of the training events.

Dates secured so far are as follows:

18th March Anatomical Pathology Technician training day

25th March Adult Post Mortem Consent training

5th April APT training day (repeat of 18/03)

Training in carrying out audit for those with

responsibility for Quality Management within their

organisation is also being arranged. Details of this

will be circulated via the Quality Managers’ Group.

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal secondary care users

of Pathology services is currently underway. The

questionnaire has been developed by the Pathology

Quality Managers’ Group and is available online at 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RN3Q9FM. The

link has been distributed through Quality Managers.

Please encourage colleagues who request tests to

complete the survey as User Satisfaction is a vital

indicator of service quality and survey results will be

valuable to you and your colleagues both to inform

future service planning and delivery and to help

identify where there are communication and

education needs amongst your service users. Survey

responses will enable an index of satisfaction to be

calculated for individual sites, Health Boards and on

an All Wales level.

“Do Once and Share”

Please visit www.nliah.com/portal to access the

Pathology Community website, where you’ll find

Resources, case studies and other material

contributed by colleagues to reduce duplication of

effort and help stimulate ideas for further sharing,

learning and collaboration.

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

pathology programme news no 21 1 st march 2011
National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

The National Pathology Programme Board is

chaired by Mr Bob Hudson, Chief Executive of

Public Health Wales NHS Trust and comprises

Clinical Directors and Directorate Managers of

Pathology from all Health Boards and national

services. The NPPB reports to the NHS Wales

Chief Executives’ Group and is the body with

responsibility for approving protocols and standards

relating to pathology in Wales. The scope of the

National Pathology Programme includes three

major workstreams; Service Planning and Delivery,

Information (including IM&T) and Workforce.

The NPPB meets next on 30th March 2011 and

other All Wales groups will be meeting during

March as follows:

11th March HTA Designated Individuals Group

15th March Quality Managers’ Group

16th March Laboratory Managers’ Group

30th March National Pathology Programme Board

Please get in touch if you have any queries. The

level of service engagement in National Pathology

Programme activities is excellent with opportunities

to meet and collaborate with colleagues and save

duplicating effort being one of the major benefits

participants derive from their involvement.

All Wales Antenatal Blood Group and Antibody

Form

To support delivery of the Revised Policy,

Standards and Protocols to Support Antenatal

Screening in Wales published in May 2010, an All

Wales form has been developed and approved by

the NPPB. An All Wales procurement has been

carried out through Welsh Health Supplies and

request forms with sample bags attached are

available through a call-off contract.

“Do Once and Share”

Please visit www.nliah.com/portal to access the

Pathology Community website, where you’ll find

Resources, case studies and other material

contributed by colleagues to reduce duplication of

effort and help stimulate ideas for further sharing,

learning and collaboration.

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal secondary care users

of Pathology services was undertaken during

January / February 2011. The online questionnaire

was developed by the Pathology Quality Managers’

Group and attracted well over 300 responses.

Analysis of the responses is currently underway and

will enable an index of satisfaction to be calculated

for individual sites, Health Boards and on an All

Wales level. User Satisfaction is a vital indicator of

service quality and survey results will be valuable to

you and your colleagues both to inform future service

planning and delivery and to help identify where

there are communication and education needs

amongst your service users.

Laboratory Information Management System

Configuration of the All Wales LIMS is currently

underway with NWIS, Intersystems and Pathology

colleagues working in partnership. Please look out

for and make every effort to contribute to your

discipline standardisation activity and to attend the

workshops being held to demonstrate and obtain

feedback on the build at key points. Further

information on the LIMS and related IT projects is

available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and maximise

access to local expertise within Pathology

departments in Wales, a number of All Wales training

events are being planned to take place during 2011.

Dates secured so far are as follows:

18th March Anatomical Pathology Technician training day

25th March Adult Post Mortem Consent training

5th April APT training day (repeat of 18/03)

Training in carrying out audit for those with

responsibility for Quality Management within their

organisation is also being arranged. Details of this

will be circulated via the Quality Managers’ Group.

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme Manager,

02920 207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 211st March 2011
pathology programme news no 22 1 st april 2011
National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB) is chaired by Mr Bob Hudson, Chief

Executive of Public Health Wales NHS Trust

and comprises Clinical Directors and

Directorate Managers of Pathology from all

Health Boards and national services. The

NPPB reports to the NHS Wales Chief

Executives’ Group and is the body with

responsibility for approving protocols and

standards relating to pathology in Wales. The

scope of the National Pathology Programme

includes three major workstreams; Service

Planning and Delivery, Information (including

IM&T) and Workforce.

For further information on NPPB activities and

records of Board meetings, please visit

http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

The NPPB is currently approving and signing

off the LIMS discipline standardisation

portfolios as at 28th February 2011. The

portfolios have been developed and reviewed

by colleagues from all Health Boards, QA’d by

the relevant SSAGs and will inform the

baseline configuration of the LIMS.

Laboratory Information Management

System

Configuration of the Trak Care Lab All Wales

LIMS is currently underway with NWIS,

Intersystems and Pathology colleagues

working in partnership.

Please make every effort to contribute to your

discipline standardisation activity and to attend

the workshops being held to demonstrate and

obtain feedback on the build at key points.

Further information on theLIMS and related IT

projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal secondary care

users of Pathology services was undertaken

During January / February 2011. The online

Questionnaire was developed by the Pathology

Quality Managers’ Group and attracted well

over 200 responses. Responses have been

analysed and indices of satisfaction have been

Calculated for individual departments, sites,

Health Boards and on an All Wales level.

Please contact your Pathology Directorate or

Quality Manager to access the reports for your

department, site or Health Boards. Survey

results will be valuable to you and your

colleagues both to inform future service

planning and delivery and to help identify where

there are communication and education needs

amongst your service users.

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and

maximise access to local expertise, a number of

All Wales training events are taking place

during 2011. The inaugural training day for

Anatomical Pathology Technicians was held in

Llandrindod Wells on 18th March. Feedback

from those who attended was universally

positive and it is planned for this to become an

annual event.

Further dates and topics are as follows:

5th April Anatomical Pathology Technician training day

April, date tbc Adult Post Mortem Consent

Date tbc Conducting Quality Audits

To access further shared resources please visit

the Pathology Community at

www.nliah.com/portal or for further information

contact Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme

Manager, margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 221st April 2011
pathology programme news no 23 1 st may 2011
National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB), chaired by Mr Bob Hudson, Chief

Executive of Public Health Wales NHS Trust,

comprises Clinical Directors and Directorate

Managers of Pathology from all Health Boards

and national services. The NPPB reports to the

NHS Wales Chief Executives’ Group and is the

body with responsibility for approving protocols

and standards relating to pathology in Wales.

The NPPB will meet next on Wednesday 25th

May 2011.

For further information on NPPB activities and

records of Board meetings, please visit

http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

The NPPB is currently approving and signing

off the LIMS discipline standardisation

portfolios as at 28th February 2011. The

portfolios have been developed and reviewed

by colleagues from all Health Boards, QA’d by

the relevant SSAGs and will inform the

baseline configuration of the LIMS.

Laboratory Information Management

System

Configuration of the Trak Care Lab All Wales

LIMS is currently underway with NWIS,

Intersystems and Pathology colleagues

working in partnership.

Please make every effort to contribute to your

discipline standardisation activity and to attend

the workshops being held to demonstrate and

obtain feedback on the build at key points.

Further information on the LIMS and related IT

projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

All Wales User Survey

An All Wales survey of internal secondary care

users of Pathology services was undertaken

during January / February 2011. The online

Questionnaire was developed by the Pathology

Quality Managers’ Group and attracted well

over 200 responses. Responses have been

analysed and indices of satisfaction have been

calculated for individual departments, sites,

Health Boards and on an All Wales level.

Please contact your Pathology Directorate or

Quality Manager to access the reports. Survey

results will be valuable to you and your

colleagues both to inform future service

planning and delivery and to help identify where

there are communication and education needs

amongst your service users.

Quality Management Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and

maximise access to local expertise, a number of

All Wales training events are taking place

during 2011. Feedback from those who have

attended events to date has been universally

positive. Training for Quality Managers in

conducting quality audit has been successfully

piloted and this will be made available to all

organisations shortly. The course has been

developed in partnership with NLIAH. Details

will be communicated through the Pathology

Quality Management Forum.

To access further shared resources developed

by Quality Managers, POCT Coordinators, the

Better Blood Transfusion Team and other

colleagues, please visit the Pathology

Community at www.nliah.com/portal or contact

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme

Manager, margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 231st May 2011
pathology programme news no 24 1 st june 2011
National Pathology Programme Board

The National Pathology Programme Board

(NPPB), chaired by Mr Bob Hudson, Chief

Executive of Public Health Wales NHS Trust,

comprises Clinical Directors and Directorate

Managers of Pathology from all Health Boards

and national services. The NPPB reports to the

NHS Wales Chief Executives’ Group and is the

body with responsibility for approving protocols

and standards relating to pathology in Wales.

The NPPB will meet next on Wednesday 13th

July 2011.

The NPPB is currently approving and signing

off phase 1 discipline standardisation

portfolios. These have been developed and

reviewed by colleagues from all Health Boards,

QA’d by the relevant SSAGs and will inform

the baseline configuration of the All Wales

Laboratory Information Management System

(LIMS). Configuration of the Trak Care Lab All

Wales LIMS is currently underway with NHS

Wales Informatics Service (NWIS),

Intersystems and Pathology colleagues

working in partnership.

Colleagues are encouraged to make every

effort to contribute to ongoing discipline

standardisation activity and to attend the

workshops being held to demonstrate and

obtain feedback on the build at key points.

Further information on the LIMS and related IT

projects is available on the NWIS website

www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis

To access records of NPPB meetings, please

visit http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

To access shared resources developed by

other National Pathology Programme groups

including Laboratory Managers, Quality

Managers, POCT Coordinators and HTA

Designated Individuals, please visit the

Pathology Community at www.nliah.com/portal

All Wales Training Events

In order to reduce duplication of effort and

maximise access to local expertise, a number of

All Wales one-day training events are taking

place during 2011. Feedback from those who

have attended to date has been universally

positive and we plan to continue to run similar

events. The following courses including the

listed topics have taken place to date:

Anatomical Pathology Technicians

An overview of the post mortem consent process

Infection control in the mortuary

Consent for an Adult Post Mortem Examination

Post Mortem consent process including HTA codes of practice

Grief, bereavement and ritual

Changes to the death certification process

Quality Audit Training for Quality Managers

Designing a quality audit

Conducting a laboratory-based audit

Writing Business Cases for POCT Coordinators

These courses are open to all colleagues and

details of future courses and dates can be

obtained through the Quality, POCT and HTA

DI groups or contact Margie Fielden, Pathology

Programme Manager, on 02920 207615 or

margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Diary dates

2nd June LIMS Implementation Board

16th June HTA Designated Individuals’ Group

22nd June Quality Managers’ Forum

24th June POCT Coordinators’ Group

12th July LIMS Implementation Board

13th July National Pathology Programme Board

20th July Laboratory Managers’ Forum

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 241st June 2011
pathology programme news no 25 1 st july 2011
National Pathology Programme Board

In June the All Wales Chief Executives’ Group

approved the National Pathology Programme

Board 2011 / 12 work programme. Projects

and activities which will therefore continue to

be progressed through the All Wales

Laboratory Managers’ Group, Pathology

Quality Management Forum, POCT

Coordinators’ Group, HTA DI Group, LIMS

Clinical Strategy Group and regional

collaborative groups include:

Local and regional projects to continue to implement the recommendations contained in the Future Service Delivery document regarding service integration and reconfiguration

Support as appropriate for LIMS user acceptance testing and implementation

Accreditation – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt to enable more rapid adoption of good practice

Standardisation by discipline to inform configuration of the new LIMS

Healthcare Standards for Wales mapping to ISO 15189, CPA, MHRA and HTA standards

All Wales user satisfaction surveys

All Wales Quality Audit training

Post Mortem standardised documents and processes for recording consent (adult and paediatric / perinatal)

All Wales APT training

POCT Governance Policy audit

All Wales POCT Business Case writing training

POCT Procurement Framework

KPIs for Pathology

Business intelligence requirements to inform LIMS configuration

Leading and Delivering Change Programme in partnership with NLIAH

Links with WAG MSC implementation programme

All Wales Training Events

This year, the following All Wales training

utilising local expertise and at no cost to

Health Boards has taken place to date:

Anatomical Pathology Technicians – 24 delegates over 2 days

Adult Post Mortem Consent – 21 delegates including a representative from the HTA

Quality Audit for Quality Managers – one cohort has completed the training with further training being made available on a Health Board basis throughout the year

POCT Business Case writing – a scoping exercise has been completed with the training course to be delivered in October

Feedback from those who have attended has

been universally positive. These courses are

open to all colleagues and details of future

courses and dates can be obtained through the

Quality, POCT and HTA DI groups or contact

Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme

Manager, on 02920 207615 or

margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

To access shared resources developed by the

various All Wales groups please visit the

Pathology Community at www.nliah.com/portal

To access records of NPPB meetings, please

visit http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Diary dates

4th July South East Wales Histopathology Modernisation Project Option Appraisal

12th July LIMS Implementation Board

13th July South East Wales Pathology Collaborative

20th July Laboratory Managers’ Forum

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 251st July 2011
pathology programme news no 26 1 st august 2011
National Pathology Programme Board

In June the All Wales Chief Executives’ Group

approved the National Pathology Programme

Board work programme for 2011/12. Current

projects and activities will therefore continue

through a number of All Wales collaborative

groups which have been active for a number of

years. Groups are open to all and continue to

be well attended by service colleagues from all

Health Boards and NHS Wales organisations.

Activities currently being undertaken by these

All Wales groups include the following:

Regional Collaboratives and Pathology

Laboratory Managers Forum

Local and regional projects to continue to implement the recommendations contained in the Future Delivery of Pathology Services in Wales and the Review of Histopathology Services in Wales regarding service integration and reconfiguration

Support as appropriate for local implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers in line with the WAG MSC Implementation Programme

Support as appropriate for local implementation of the new LIMS, WCP and EMPI

Leading and Delivering Change Programme in partnership with NLIAH

LIMS Clinical Strategy Group comprising

discipline leads who facilitate groups of

colleagues from all NHS Wales organisations

Standardisation by discipline to inform configuration of the new LIMS and Wales Pathology Handbook

Support as appropriate for LIMS user acceptance testing and local implementation

Point of Care Testing Coordinators

POCT Governance Policy audit

POCT Business Case writing training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

POCT Procurement Framework

Pathology Quality Management Forum

Accreditation – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt to enable more rapid adoption of good practice

Mapping of ISO 15189, CPA, MHRA and HTA standards to the Healthcare Standards for Wales

All Wales user surveys to deliver a reliable KPI based on user satisfaction as a robust indicator of service quality

All Wales Quality Audit training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

HTA Designated Individuals Group

HTA Regulatory Requirements – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt to enable more rapid adoption of good practice

Post Mortem standardised documents and processes for recording consent (adult and paediatric / perinatal) including All Wales training meeting HTA requirements

Input to UK-wide reforms to death certification procedures and Coroner / Pathologist interface

All Wales training for Anatomical Pathology Technicians and Bereavement Services colleagues delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

To access shared resources developed by the

various All Wales groups please visit the

Pathology Community at www.nliah.com/portal

For further details on how to access training

contact Margie Fielden, Pathology Programme

Manager, on 02920 207615 or

margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk To access

records of NPPB meetings, please visit

http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Diary dates

4th Aug LIMS Implementation Board

5th Sept POCT Coordinators Group

7th Sept Laboratory Managers’ Forum

8th Sept LIMS Implementation Board

20th Sept Perinatal PM Consent Training

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 261st August 2011
pathology programme news no 27 1 st september 2011
National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

In June the All Wales Chief Executives’ Group

approved the National Pathology Programme

Board work programme for 2011/12. The full

work programme can be found along with all

NPPB meeting records and papers at

http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Projects and activities currently underway

include the following:

Standardisation by discipline to inform configuration of the new LIMS and Wales Pathology Handbook

Support as appropriate for LIMS user acceptance testing and local implementation

This is being carried out by the LIMS Clinical

Strategy Group comprising discipline leads who

facilitate groups of colleagues from all NHS Wales

organisations

Accreditation – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt to enable more rapid adoption of good practice

Mapping of ISO 15189, CPA, MHRA and HTA standards to the Healthcare Standards for Wales

All Wales Quality Audit training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

This is being carried out by the All Wales

Pathology Quality Management Forum. To access

shared resources developed by the Quality

Managers and other All Wales groups, please

visit the Pathology Community at

www.nliah.com/portal

POCT Governance Policy audit (in collaboration with the All Wales Quality Managers’ Forum

POCT Business Case writing training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

POCT Procurement Framework

This is being carried out by the Point of Care

Testing Coordinators’ group.

Local and regional projects to continue to implement the recommendations contained in the Future Delivery of Pathology Services in Wales and the Review of Histopathology Services in Wales.

Support as appropriate for local implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers in line with the WAG MSC Implementation Programme

Support as appropriate for local implementation of the new LIMS

This is being carried out by the Regional

Collaboratives and Pathology Laboratory

Managers Forum. Regions are actively

reviewing current service models and under-

taking projects to identify, cost and appraise

options for service delivery in a variety of

disciplines having been mandated to do so by

Chief Executives. Engagement from Pathology

colleagues to identify and appraise options is

excellent and support is being obtained from

colleagues in Finance, HR and Estates as

appropriate.

HTA Regulatory Requirements – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt

Post Mortem standardised documents and processes for recording consent including All Wales training events

All Wales training for Anatomical Pathology Technicians and Bereavement Services colleagues

This is being carried out by the HTA Designated

Individuals group. For further details on how to

access training contact Margie Fielden,

Pathology Programme Manager, on 02920

207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Diary dates

5th Sept POCT Coordinators Group

7th Sept Laboratory Managers’ Forum

8th Sept LIMS Implementation Board

20th Sept Perinatal PM Consent Training

26th Sept HTA DIs Group

28th Sept NPPB

28th Sept South East Wales Pathology Collaborative

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 271st September 2011
pathology programme news no 28 1 st october 2011
National Pathology Programme Board (NPPB)

The Welsh Labour Manifesto states that Health

Boards will be required to continue to work

collaboratively to modernise Pathology services.

The National Pathology Programme Board

reports progress to the NHS Wales Chief

Executives’ Group. The full NPPB 2011/12 work

programme, meeting records and papers are

available at http://howis.wales.nhs.uk/pmuw

Projects and activities currently underway

include the following:

Standardisation by discipline to inform configuration of the new LIMS and Wales Pathology Handbook

LIMS user acceptance testing

This is being coordinated by the LIMS Clinical

Strategy Group comprising discipline leads who

facilitate groups of colleagues from all NHS Wales

organisations

Accreditation – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt to enable more rapid adoption of good practice

Mapping ISO 15189, CPA, MHRA and HTA standards to the Healthcare Standards for Wales

All Wales Quality Audit training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

This is being carried out by the All Wales

Pathology Quality Management Forum. To access

shared resources developed by the Quality

Managers and other All Wales groups, please

visit the Pathology Community at

www.nliah.com/portal

POCT Governance Policy audit (in collaboration with the All Wales Quality Managers’ Forum

POCT Business Case writing training delivered making use of local expertise at no cost to NHS Wales organisations

POCT Procurement Framework

This is being carried out by the Point of Care

Testing Coordinators’ group.

Local and regional projects to continue to implement the recommendations contained in the Future Delivery of Pathology Services in Wales and the Review of Histopathology Services in Wales and to deliver against the Welsh Labour Manifesto

Support as appropriate for local implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers in line with the WAG MSC Implementation Programme

Support as appropriate for local implementation of the new LIMS

This is being carried out by the Regional

Collaboratives and Pathology Laboratory

Managers Forum. Regions are actively

reviewing current service models and under-

taking projects to identify, cost and appraise

options for service delivery in a variety of

disciplines having been mandated to do so by

Chief Executives. Engagement from Pathology

colleagues to identify and appraise options is

excellent and support is being obtained from

colleagues in Finance, HR and Estates as

appropriate.

HTA Regulatory Requirements – Development of shared resources and sharing experiences and lessons learnt

Post Mortem standardised documents and processes for recording consent including All Wales training events

All Wales training for Anatomical Pathology Technicians and Bereavement Services colleagues

This is being carried out by the HTA Designated

Individuals group. For further details on how to

access training contact Margie Fielden,

Pathology Programme Manager, on 02920

207615 or margie.fielden@wales.nhs.uk

Diary dates

6th Oct LIMS Implementation Board

6th Oct LIMS Change Advisory Board

14th Oct Modernising Scientific Careers Implementation Board

19th Oct Adult PM Consent Training

9th Nov Laboratory Managers’ Forum

10th Nov LIMS Implementation Board

Pathology Programme NewsNo. 281st October 2011