Many thanks to all 250 delegates and customers who attended the winter user group in November. It was another interactive two days with excellent guest speakers, fascinating topics and worthwhile workshops.
The first day saw a PathManager and a CyberLab specific user group meeting covering the latest features, development roadmaps and feedback from the last working party meetings.
This was followed by a pathology IT conference session which was opened by Fiona Pearson and had the theme of “The 24/7 Health Service and the impact upon pathology”. The delegates were treated to four presentations from four keynote guest speakers and although the topic of 24/7 pathology was only referenced in part, each talk was well received and extremely interesting.
Sarah May, IBMS Deputy Chief Executive gave an insightful presentation on the training considerations for a 24/7 service and how training programmes need to address more people working differently; different people at different times; different people doing different things; and different grades and different skills with different supervision needs.
Dr Ian Fry, Director of Pathology at Surrey Pathology Services gave a compelling presentation on the innovative Labkit (Lab in a Bag) Near Patient Diagnostics solution. A new approach to meet the patient-centred future of pathology.
Hugh Risebrow of Latchmore Associates outlined the current challenges experienced by pathology services post Carter review and suggested a number of areas that could deliver reform.
Professor Finbarr Cotter, Clinical Director for Pathology at Barts Health NHS Trust, brought the first day to a close with a different perspective and focused on the clinical aspect. Using his experiences at Barts Health NHS Trust, Finbarr stressed the need to consider novel solutions and embrace appropriate demand management.
The second day provided delegates with a choice to attend one of three presentation streams in an open morning session.
Alison Watt, from SHOT, gave an entertaining and essential presentation for all delegates involved with Blood Transfusion and of great interest to all with quality and patient safety responsibilities. Alison explained, with the use of real examples, the human factor impact upon patient safety.
Laura Sato, of Health & Social Care Information Centre, Discussed the need for change now that old versions of SNOMED are now out of licence and therefore should no longer be used. She explained the rationale behind the decision to move to SNOMED CT as differing presentations of data and variable units of measure across labs can lead to clinical misinterpretation.
Louise Davison, UKAS Assessment Manager gave an invaluable presentation on the latest accreditation standards. With 240 ISO 15189 visits and 50 accredited laboratories now completed, Louise presented upon the latest findings and common themes that have been identified.
LTS Consulting’s Frank Oliyide’s presentation “Back to the Future – Realising tomorrow’s performance today” outlined the available options of how to realise the full value of improvement initiatives and investment decisions.
Dr Richard Puleston lead for antimicrobial resistance surveillance for Field Epidemiology Services at Public Health England presented on the challenges of the current approach to surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and gave an insight to what the utopian solution could look like should a standardisation of nomenclature be achieved.
The relative merits of hub and spoke of models of service delivery are often debated, but accessing data on how they may benefit service delivery can be difficult, and may hinder the adoption of a model which can benefit the health community. Dr David James from Southwest Pathology Services presented their recent objective analysis based upon benchmarked turnaround times.
The discipline specific meetings which started as combined sessions with WinPath and LabCentre customers then followed in the afternoon.
The dates of the 2016 user group meetings are the 9th – 10th June and 3rd – 4th November.