Fri 13 Sep 2024 09:30-15:30
Online Course

Come together with your fellow POCT leads and managers from across the country to share experiences and discover the impact of the new ISO 15189 rewrite. Learn how to best merge and rewrite standards, understand what the transition process looks like for your lab and how to meet the requirements to achieve new UKAS standards.

Enabling ISO Accreditation for your POCT Service
Online 5 hours From £299+VAT

Your expertly structured course, perfectly matched to your service needs

Gain access to a supportive learning experience and raise your questions to David Ricketts, a key stakeholder, who was directly involved in writing the ISO standards. In this unique session, no question will be too small as you investigate:

  • Understanding the processes to put in place to achieve accreditation 
  • Addressing the cost and time involved in achieving compliance
  • Exploring quality governance to ensure clarity on roles and responsibilities
  • Moving towards a continuous quality improvement cycle
  • Preparing for surveillance visits and extension scope

Attend this online NHS course from the comfort of your own home

Take away useful techniques and new skills to use in your day-to-day work routine:

  • Evidenced based examples and referrals: providing appropriate, relevant support and sign posting 
  • Interactive presentations: your concerns addressed with sensitivity and care
  • Closed room discussions: benchmark and engage with your fellow attendees  
  • Agreed action plan: leave the course with the confidence to make the right changes

This course is available for in-house training

Available as a bespoke course to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this training delivered exclusively to your team, with the content developed to drill into the specific needs of your service. Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Join, tech support and opportunity to network in your meeting room
Chair’s opening remarks
David Ricketts, Managing Director, David Ricketts Consultancy Limited
Achieving accreditation for POCT
Rewriting and merging standards: Update on the latest POCT changes in ISO15189 (2022)
  • Clarity on current guidelines: where accreditation is going and its impact on your trust
  • What is expected of you? Understanding the processes to put in place to achieve accreditation
  • Insight into how to link ISO standards to Quality Management Systems
  • Competency and user standard operating procedures
Questions and answers with David Ricketts
Screen break
Overcoming the transition struggle
Transitioning to ISO15189 (2022)
  • What the changes mean for your lab
  • Addressing the cost and time involved in achieving compliance
  • What to put in for and what to exclude: scope of tests, locations and service use
  • Quality governance: ensuring clarity on roles and responsibilities
Questions and answers with David Ricketts
Interactive discussion: Exploring practical aspects for complying with standards
  • This session is your chance to discuss some of the practical aspects of what needs to be done to comply with ISO standards, including; managing IQC and EQA, verification, defining roles and responsibilities
Lunch time screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: Exploring practical aspects for complying with standards
UKAS inspection preparation
Understanding the goal posts: Service level agreements
  • What should be considered?
  • Who needs to input into these?
  • What if the POCT is out of scope?
Questions and answers with David Ricketts
Screen break
Exploring accreditation experiences
Getting to grips with the requirements: Preparing for a UKAS assessment
  • How to prepare for an assessment and implementing new processes: audits, risk assessment and documentation
  • Shared experiences and evidenced insight of the initial assessment day
  • Moving towards a continuous quality improvement cycle: preparing for surveillance visits and extension scope
Final questions and answers with David Ricketts
Close of study day

Be guided by your expert course leader

Learn how to meet UKAS standards and gain the professional edge with your experienced course leader:

Job Title:
Managing Director
David Ricketts Consultancy Limited

David has worked for the NHS for 30 years, moving with the rest of the pathology service at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, before moving to the Health Services Laboratories partnership as Head of Laboratory Process Improvement. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at Middlesex University and holds a doctorate in Biomedical Science, based on his work on process management. 

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science representing the Institute on the British Standards Institute TC212 committee, which inputs into medical laboratory ISO standards As well as representing the UK on the ISO/CEN TC212 and TC140, were, until recently, was the project lead for the revision of ISO22870 and has just completed a mapping document to link the existing 22870 to the new ISO15189 (2012). He is the head of delegation for the UK at the international TC212 meeting. He also is on the Royal College of Pathologists Joint Working Group for quality. 

David has been involved in the POCT guidance document for the MHRA and also with the European Biomedical Science congress statement on POCT. 

David speaks national and internationally on point of care, process, activity based costing and value added pathology, running workshops across Africa on quality improvement in laboratories for industries as diverse as coffee, iron mining, gold mining, pharmaceutical and even one specialising in insect research as well as the South African mint. 

David is the managing director of his own Consultancy Company in which guise he is speaking at this meeting.

Pricing Structure

  • £299+VAT – one NHS or Public Sector place before Friday 19th July 2024
  • £399+VAT – one NHS or Public place after Friday 19th July 2024
  • Group discount - 4 places for the price of 3

You or a colleague can claim the group NHS discount, for booking four places across this and any other subsequent event, providing the same pricing structure applies. Click here to view the full list of up coming events.

For group bookings of five or more people, please email our delegate support team or call 01732 897788 for further details

This course is available for in-house training 

Available as a bespoke course to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this training delivered exclusively to your team, with the content developed to drill into the specific needs of your service. Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day. Please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

You can reserve a no-obligation place whilst you apply for funding

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation whilst waiting for your study leave to be approved, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online training taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the course.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available. If you would like to attend a zoom practice session before the event takes place, please let us know by emailing You will have the opportunity to meet an SBK Healthcare staff member who will ensure you are able to access zoom, that your camera and microphone work and you are fully set-up for the day. This is optional but if you do wish to attend, please use the same device that you plan to use on the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the course by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

Click here to view the specially created 5-minute video that will walk you through how to get the most out of attending your SBK Healthcare interactive online forum.

Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

In the continuously changing field of POCT, take the opportunity to share ideas with services from across the country to discuss the direction of your team. By attending this event, you will meet other:

  • POCT Managers and Coordinators
  • Lead Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Biochemists
  • Operations Managers, POCT Governance and Training Leads and Heads of Pathology

If you have a team that is 30 people or more, you can have a bespoke course delivered online to your team alone. Please contact Sarah Kemm or telephone 01732 897788.

Past attendee feedback

This interactive day is following on from a very successful workshop ‘Risk Management Strategies for ISO 15189 POCT’ which was held in October 2023 and was previously described by delegates as:

“Excellent learning opportunity”

Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services

“Really helpful and reassuring that we are on the right track”

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

“A lot of good take home information”

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

“David Ricketts was very good, clearly an expert”

NHS Tayside

“A really good training day”

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

“Lots of information to take in, very useful!”

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

“Great to hear from David with his wealth of knowledge and experience”

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

“Very good workshop. David was very detailed and it was very useful”

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

“Comprehensive overview of accreditation for POCT, very useful”

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

View further comments on SBK Healthcare events on Trust Pilot.

Why sponsor?

Our role at SBK Healthcare is to bring industry together with healthcare professionals so that you can educate and inform your audience. These trail-blazing NHS delivery forums offer dedicated presentations, Q&A, networking and discussion time, each sponsor will be fully immersed into the event and able to effectively engage with your NHS audience.

Interested in having your own event, managed by us?

SBK Healthcare also provides in-house forums. Working closely with you as the client we can research, produce, market and deliver the conference or online forum that best suits the audience and meets your goals.

Reach out today

If you would like more information on our sponsorship options an in-house forum or if you wish to discuss your needs and what solutions may be appropriate for your business, please contact: 

Sarah Kemm 

Contact: 01732 897788