Birmingham City Football Club

This unique forum will bring together immunology professionals from across the country to discuss and develop new ways to carve out your immunology service pathway. Be inspired by services leading the way in novel testing, UKAS standards and discover how automated testing can increase capacity whilst updating your testing practice. Leave this conference with the confidence to drive forward new advancements and hone in on your existing skills to ensure that your laboratory is delivering the most up-to-date, collaborative care. 

This conference is co-located with POCT National Diagnostics Forum, taking place on the same day with a shared networking and exhibition space. Please click here for further details.

With thanks to our industry partners:



Immunology National Networking Forum 2024
Face-to-face 5 hours Early bird: £49+VAT

Join this in-person conference and engage with your NHS peers: what you will learn

Ensure your immunology laboratory continues to deliver stand-out best practice by:

  • Understanding how to effectively utilise ISAC testing for allergies
  • Raising best practice approaches for myeloma screening to reduce result variations
  • Learning tips and tricks from services that have achieved and maintained accreditation
  • Networking with colleagues and find solutions to shared challenges
  • Establishing how automation can increase capacity in your laboratory
  • Scrutinising the new UKAS standard update through first hand experiences of implementation
  • Improving your MDT working with primary care services to reduce inappropriate test requests
  • Advancing your service quality with first hand experiences of the accreditation journey

Plus insight from our industry partners

SBK Healthcare would like to thank Sebia and Binding Site for exhibiting at this unique forum.

Invitation to sponsor

If you would like to sponsor this conference, please email Sarah Kemm or call Sarah on 01732 897788 to find out about all the exhibiting, engagement and branding opportunities available in the full exhibition and sponsorship package.

9:00
Registration, refreshments and networking
9:30
Chair's opening remarks
Chris Scott, Scientific and Operational Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust
Validation, accreditation and quality improvement
9:40
Applying validation to your immunology service: exploring quality improvement and accreditation
  • Taking the next steps to drive forward quality in your immunology service and investigations
  • Working collaboratively to achieve accreditation for your immunology service
  • Exploring alternative quality improvement strategies: what could work in your laboratory?
Dr Elizabeth Walker, Principle Clinical Scientist, Barts Health NHS Trust
10:10
Question and answers with your speakers
10:20
Roundtable discussion: What experience do you have of implementing new UKAS standards?
  • How far along the implementation stages is your service?
  • What would you like to see in the UKAS update? What impact do you think it will have?
In groups, based on your table, this is a great opportunity share your experiences and work through the challenges.
10:40
Roundtable discussion feedback: What experience do you have of implementing new UKAS standards?
10:50
Sponsored presentation opportunity
If you are an immunology provider and would like to be part of this day, and present to this audience, please contact sarah.kemm@sbk-healthcare.co.uk for further information
11:00
Networking break
11:20
Shared experiences of driving forward quality improvement in our service
  • What processes did we implement to boost quality improvement in our lab?
  • Avoiding common pitfalls and easing the journey to accreditation
  • Enhancing quality improvement to improve patient outcomes
Leanne Hall, Lead Biomedical Scientist, Laboratory Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ensuring quality in your laboratory
11:50
Ensuring quality in your immunology service: exploring the best use of EQA services
  • Utilising EQA data to drive forward quality in your immunology service
  • Working collaboratively with other labs and EQA providers to benefit your immunology service
  • Exploring alternative EQA approaches- what could work in your laboratory?
Dina Patel, Scientific Director, UK NEQAS Immunology Immunochemistry and Allergy
12:20
Questions and answers with your speakers
12:30
Networking lunch break
ALP testing
1:40
The A to Z of Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Understand the genetics, structure and biological function of ALP isoenzymes
  • Review the methodological principles of ALP isoenzyme analysis and how to interpret the results of this test
  • Appreciate the main pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical aspects of ALP isoenzyme analysis
Dr Dan Turnock, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, York and Scarborough Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Dr David Wile, Retired Chemical Pathologist
2:10
Questions and answers with your speakers
2:20
Roundtable discussion: Improving communication between primary and secondary care
  • How can we nurture a positive working relationship between GPs and immunology labs?
  • What examples can you share of MDT collaboration?
  • What experiences do you have of EPHR?
2:40
Roundtable discussion feedback: Improving communication between primary and secondary care
2:50
Networking break
Research spotlight
3:10
Long-term respiratory mucosal immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 after infection and vaccination
  • How different are immune responses in the airways vs the periphery?
  • Differences between infection- and vaccine-induced immunity against SARS-CoV-2
  • Can we harness mucosal T and B cell immunity for conferring better protection against respiratory infections?
Dr Elena Mitsi, Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford
3:40
Investigating the immunopathogenesis of juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) and associated comorbidities
  • How is the immune system different in JSLE?
  • Why is cardiovascular disease the leading cause of mortality for patients?
  • Why is the disease so dominant in females (80%)?
Dr George Robinson, Research Fellow, University College London
4:10
Questions and answers with your speakers
4:20
Chair’s closing remarks and close of day

Your speaker line-up


Job Title:
Scientific and Operational Lead
Organisation
Barts Health NHS Trust
Biography

Job Title:
Principle Clinical Scientist
Organisation
Barts Health NHS Trust
Biography

Job Title:
Lead Biomedical Scientist, Laboratory Manager
Organisation
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Biography

Job Title:
Scientific Director
Organisation
UK NEQAS Immunology Immunochemistry and Allergy
Biography

Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Biochemist
Organisation
York and Scarborough Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Biography

Job Title:
Retired Chemical Pathologist
Organisation
Biography

Job Title:
Senior Research Associate
Organisation
University of Oxford
Biography

Job Title:
Research Fellow
Organisation
University College London
Biography

Pricing structure

  • ***Early bird price*** £49 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place until Friday 9th February
  • £99 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place after Friday 9th February

Commercial companies are also invited to exhibit or sponsor this day, please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

Venue details

Venue name: Birmingham City Football Club

Address: St Andrews Stadium Cattell Road, Birmingham B9 4RL

Tel: 0121 772 0101

Email: conferences@bcfc.com

Birmingham City Football Club is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible from all major road routes and motorway networks. The venue offers over 200+ complimentary car parking spaces and have a wide variety of different amenities in close proximity.

Nearest train stations:

Birmingham New Street - 1.3 miles

Birmingham Moor Street - 1.9 miles

Bus routes: Line 56, 57, 60, 96, & 97 (from the city centre)

Nearest motorways: M6, M5, M40, M42

Directions: Click here to plan your journey using Google Maps

Accommodation suggestions: You can book your bedroom directly with the hotel using the above contact details (SBK Healthcare does not facilitate accommodation bookings). The venue is centrally located and there are a number of alternative places to stay. Availability for alternative accommodation can be identified by searching online, for example www.trivago.co.uk or www.uk.hotels.com and inputting the address and date of your visit.

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation, 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 

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

This face-to-face meeting is ideal for NHS professionals working within immunology in Acute Trusts and Community Services. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Biomedical Scientists, Medical Lab Scientists and Clinical Scientists
  • Laboratory Managers and Immunology Managers
  • Immunology Registrars
  • Consultant and Clinical Immunologists

This conference is co-located with the Point of Care Testing Diagnostic Forum, taking place on the same day. The two forums will bring together professionals in Immunology and POCT through a joint networking area, providing the opportunity to interact with exhibitors across multiple diagnostic services.

Past attendee feedback

This event follows on from ‘The Future of Immunology Service Delivery’ held in February 2020 and ‘Immunology Challenges and Changes’ held in January 2021, which our delegates have described as:

"Interesting to see how the lab can work with clinical and patient teams to benefit all”

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, Immunology Challenges and Changes

“Good topic, presentation and content”

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Immunology Challenges and Changes

"Very relevant and engaging. Good networking opportunities!”

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, The Future of Immunology Service Delivery

"Well-rounded programme"

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, The Future of Immunology Service Delivery

"Really friendly and welcoming thank you! Very informative to hear about what our colleagues are doing in their own organisations"

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Future of Immunology Service Delivery

"An excellent event with fantastic speakers and an excellent opportunity for networking"

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Future of Immunology Service Delivery

View further comments on SBK Healthcare events on Trust Pilot.

Adding their unique perspective, we are pleased to welcome our industry partners


If you are interested in joining Sebia and Binding Site to exhibit or sponsor at this event, please do email Sarah Kemm or call Sarah on 01732 897788

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 forums offer dedicated presentation, Q&A, networking and discussion time, each sponsor will be full 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 

Email: sarah.kemm@sbk-healthcare.co.uk