More than 80 delegates came together to discuss how to improve the provision of pathology services in the East Midlands. The one-day event on December 8 was aimed at pathologists, pathology manager, commissioners and other key stakeholders who were keen to contribute to the development of the best performing pathology services for the region.
Attendees heard from Dr Ian Barnes, National Clinical Director for Pathology Clinical Quality and Strategy, who provided the national perspective from the Department of Health. There were presentations from Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, chief executive of University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Dr Stephen Clay, a GP and primary care advisor for NHS East Midlands. Two exemplar sites from outside the region were also showcased –Kent & Medway Pathology Network and the North East Pathology Network.
As well as the presentation there were a number of discussion and work-group sessions in which delegates explored key strategic questions relating to QIPP in pathology were explored.
The event is part of a two stage process, the second phase of which will be run early in the New Year, which will help to determine the optimum design of pathology in the East Midlands.