Wed 30 Mar 2022 09:00-15:30
Online Conference

Come together with pathologists from across the country to find out how to drive forward your services connectivity, improve demand optimisation and advance intelligence requesting. Log onto this national forum and leave with the tools to build an action plan to maximise your limited resources, streamline workflow, tackle laboratory backlog and expand your access to diagnostic technologies.

Early Bird Offer: Book your NHS or Public Sector place on or before Friday 11th February 2022 and get the reduced rate of £299 + VAT - £50 off the full price!

Pathology Connectivity National Networking Forum
Online 5 hours From £299+VAT

5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

When there is no standardised model for Integrated Care Systems (ICS), this imperative online conference will provide you with a wealth of case study experience and networking opportunities so that you can focus on:

  • Efficiently managing transport services to reduce waste
  • Diversifying to meet the ongoing challenges of the pandemic
  • Achieving demand optimisation and attaining the right test at the right time
  • New strategies to meet staffing demands and relieve service pressures
  • Appropriate ordering of tests and reporting of results between services
  • Initiating standardisation of practices and optimal processes
  • Measuring the success of consolidating services
  • Learning how your service can develop intra-operability

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

Packed with examples of best practice, novel ideas and expert advice, plus benefit from:

  • Meeting each other – turning on your videos and microphones in the breakout rooms
  • Listening and watching presentations and speakers’ Q&A – in the main conference room with your chair
  • Taking part in facilitated interactive sessions – enabled by moderators in the breakout rooms
  • Feeding back and engaging – using the chat box and moderators sharing content in the main conference room
Join, tech support and opportunity to network in breakout rooms
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Martin Myers, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, NHS GIRFT Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathology, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
National update
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national update
  • Appraising the success of the pathology networks: developing intra-operability and transport
  • Evolving demand optimization to ensure that the right tests are being conducted at the right time
  • Proactive approaches to integrate processes and simplify phlebotomy transport
Martin Myers, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, NHS GIRFT Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathology, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Improving intra-operability: Sponsorship opportunity
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Exploring the impact of GIRFT recommendations on your service
  • How is your service working to overcome key hurdles?
  • What does the GIRFT picture of network organisations look like? How does yours compare?
  • What do you expect the benefit of GIRFT recommendations to be?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: Exploring the impact of GIRFT recommendations
State of the Nation: evaluating the success of pathology networks
  • Assessing the benefits of different models of networks and how they strategically fit with NHS/ICS policy
  • Improving access to new technology and promoting shared resources
  • Stimulating the market and managed service contracts: improving outcomes with commercial partners
Ken Barr, Laboratory Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust
Developing intelligence requesting
Utilising artificial intelligence to streamline the pathology workflow and improve capacity
  • Enabling automated requests to support test efficiency and reduce waste
  • Utilising decision support to improve access to more complex tests whilst reducing overall cost
  • Case study: how was this achieved in Dundee?
Chris Hind, Clinical Laboratory Manager – Access, University of Abertay Dundee
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Enabling clean through, pre-analytical and post analytical testing
Lunch break
Interactive discussion feedback: Enabling clean through, pre-analytical and post analytical testing
Advancing demand optimization in your pathology service
  • Ensuring rational testing approaches in pathology: minimizing over-requesting and under-requesting
  • Reducing the unnecessary repeat requesting to reduce costs and improve patient experience
  • Initiating standardisation of practices to ensure the optimal processes, procedures and testing
David Holland, Director, The Benchmarking Partnership
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: What does a holistic approach to providing multi-disciplinary diagnostic services look like?
  • How is your pathology service beginning to establish in new community hubs?
  • How can your service develop an integrated team?
  • What does a community hub look like in your service?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: What does a holistic approach to providing multi-disciplinary diagnostic services look like?
Looking to the future: connected community services
Community Diagnostic Hubs: quality and governance
  • Exploring the connectivity pathway for community hubs to ensure rapid sharing
  • Understanding and delivering a streamlined point of access for medical results
  • Understanding and delivering a streamlined point of access for medical results
Jessica Dixon, Pathology Quality Manager, Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speaker
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of day

First-hand speaker experiences

Evaluate the outcomes of the GIRFT deep dive projects and develop new strategies to improve the efficiency of your pathology service with your line-up of expert speakers:

Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Biochemist, NHS GIRFT Senior Clinical Advisor for Pathology
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Myers is a Consultant Clinical Biochemist and Director of Pathology Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTH). 

After completing his PhD in Chemical Pathology at the University of London, he undertook his Higher Specialist Training in Clinical Biochemistry in the Oxford Region. He took up the post of Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Head of Department, at LTH in 1996 and has been Clinical Director of Pathology since 2001. In 2012 Dr Myers became the Lead Scientist for LTH with the aim of increasing the Scientific support to modern healthcare. Dr Myers was the Lead Pathologist for the Cumbria and Lancashire Pathology Clinical Network from 2004-2008 providing a Pathology service to almost two million people and Dr Myers took a lead in a programme of change management initiatives for the network. 

During his time at LTH Dr Myers has taken a lead role in a continuous program of Pathology re-design as well as ensuring the effectiveness of Pathology delivery. His interests include laboratory management, the use of automation and point of care testing in improving the quality of the diagnostic process by introducing innovation into redesigning the service to deliver a distributed and integrated laboratory service. He chairs the Trust Point of Care Testing Committee. His clinical interests include the use of laboratory testing in improving patient pathways, such as pathways for Acute Chest Pain and Heart Failure. For over 10 years he has been involved in the Preston Gujarati Health Mela, where he leads the Preston Blood Spot Team who undertake biochemical testing with the aim of health promotion and disease avoidance. 

Dr Myers has been involved in several health care initiatives at Local, Regional and National level. These include working with the Department of Health on Pathology Modernisation, Specialist Test Definitions for Pathology, and the Expert Working Group for Pathology HRGs. He has worked with the NHS Modernisation Agency to look at redesigning Pathology Delivery, and with NHS Estates in developing Pathology Laboratory Design. Dr Myers was appointed MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Healthcare Science.

Job Title:
Laboratory Manager
Wye Valley NHS Trust

Ken joined the NHS as a 16yr old in 1974 as a Junior ‘A’ Medical Laboratory Technician. He worked his way up the BMS profession via ONC, HNC and FIBMS to become Laboratory Manager for Microbiology at St. James’s Hospital in Leeds. Ken became Pathology Business Manager at Royal Preston Hospital in 1994 before becoming PHLS Business Manager for the North West Group. Ken passed his MPhil in Microbiology in 1984 and an MBA in 1998 and in 2002 became Head of Laboratory Operations at Daresbury Physics Laboratory. Ken returned to NHS work as a performance specialist with the Audit Commission in 2004 before becoming Pathology Manager and Divisional General Manager at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in 2008. In 2010 Ken was seconded to Liverpool PCT as Director of the North Mersey Pathology QIPP Network. Ken was also a SHA member of the National Pathology Forum and Chair of the Microbiology specialist panel for the National Pathology Benchmarking Specialist at Keele University. In 2012 Ken was appointed as Executive Director of Pathology and Clinical Support Services for South Australia based in Adelaide. Ken returned to NHS work in 2017 working on Pathology network planning for an STP and has undertaken further contract work assisting Trusts with project options and business cases for pathology network development in line with NHSI guidance.

Job Title:
The Benchmarking Partnership

Job Title:
Clinical Laboratory Manager – Access
University of Abertay Dundee

Job Title:
Pathology Quality Manager
Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust

Pricing structure

  • £299 + VAT (early bird rate available on or before Friday 11th February only) for one NHS or public sector place
  • £349 + VAT (standard rate available after Friday 11th February) for one NHS or public sector place
  • £299 + VAT (each) for two or three NHS or public sector places
  • £599 + VAT for one commercial organisation place

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

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 

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 conference 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 conference.

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 and you will be sent an invitation to join one of our delegate practice sessions. These are optional but great if you are unsure of whether your camera and microphone will work on Zoom. We hold several one hour practice sessions across the week when a member of SBK Healthcare staff will be waiting in Zoom to assist you. Please do pop in, say hello and make sure you are all set for the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the conference by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. In groups of between 6-10 people, you will be admitted into the main conference room to be greeted by a member of SBK staff. In the same group you will be taken into a breakout room and asked to turn on your video and microphone. A member of the SBK team will get your group started with some orientation tasks and ‘ice breaker’ topics, before leaving you to network.

When you are automatically brought back into the conference room for the start of the conference, you will be asked to turn off your camera and microphone so that the chair can start the forum. During each presentation you will be able to ask questions in the chat box function. 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 a 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

This online meeting is ideal for NHS professionals working in pathology services from acute trusts and community services. This includes but it not limited to:

  • Pathologists and Consultant Clinical Scientists
  • Microbiologists, Virologists and Haemato-pathologists
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Managers, Leads and Heads of Pathology
  • Pathology Integration Directors and Divisional Operational Directors

Past attendee feedback

In line with your service, this conference has evolved since our successful “Adapting to Your Developing Pathology Networks” held in Birmingham in 2020. With a new agenda and now online, log on and benefit from the opportunity to network with other services and learn from expert experience, but don’t take our word for how much attendees enjoyed our previous event:

"It is so important to see the varying levels of development nationwide and where we are at comparatively"

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

“Good presentations and fantastic speaker engagement”

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

“Brilliant to see the varying levels of development across the country”

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

“Great opportunities for meaningful networking”

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

View further comments on SBK Healthcare events on Trust Pilot.

An online forum like no other…

A live event that will feature leading presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and compelling Q&A discussions

As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to present your product or service, be a ‘face’ of the event and meet your audience face-to-face to discuss their experiences, interests and key concerns.

To find out more about sponsorship contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 or you can email Sarah. Your organisation could be sponsoring this forum today!

Branding, marketing and education opportunities include...

  • Your organisation featuring on this forum website as ‘sponsored by’; including your logo, promotional text and links to your URL
  • 5 minutes presentation time during the main conference and taking part in the related speaker Q&A
  • Unique opportunity for the sponsored presenter to moderate one of the interactive breakout rooms
  • Additional company representatives can attend the online conference and meet the attendees during the interactive sessions in the breakout rooms
  • Your logo or company name will be included in all correspondence we send to registrations and all promotional emails sent out when marketing
  • Your support and sponsorship will be recognised when you are thanked at the opening and closing of the online forum as well as your logo featuring on the opening and closing slides
  • All sponsors will receive a copy of the registration and attendee list
  • Plus: a one-off option to add your question to the registration form, asking if attendees would like to share their email address with you so you can keep them informed after the online forum

Sponsor this forum and be part of a quality interactive event...

But don't take our word for it. We have had some excellent feedback from attendees to the forums that have been held to date:

"Forum was managed extremely well, and very professional"

IAPT National Networking Online Forum 2021 - 21st January 2021

“I am sure like everyone else I was apprehensive with going online, not sure how we could network, the ability for all participant's to participate and the quality of the presentations - all my fears were diminished this turned in to be a great day, networking, leading and sharing still occurred and links still formed. The presentations were excellent and the quality of the forum and set up great and so easy to follow and timing excellent.”

Reduce Paediatric Emergency Attendance Online Conference – 8th October 2020

“The conference has been far more engaging than in a conference centre. This I think is because of the ability to participate in chat throughout and the use of the breakout discussions.” “Excellent day! Organisation was great - loved the break out rooms for chat. Virtual chat added another really useful way to interact during the day, which isn't available to us at the physical conferences.”

Leading Change in Clinical Coding Online Conference - 11th September 2020

"Very informative, lots of opportunity for discussions and very well organised virtually"

Providing Support for Children on Long Term Ventilation - Tuesday 9th March 2021

"I enjoyed the group chats networking listening to others experiences, I also like that there was a lead on each group so the chats were influenced and no awkward silences that can occur on web meets. I thought the larger talks were really good and easy to listen to."

Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference – 16th September 2020

“This is my first experience of an online conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't sure what to expect. Would recommend to colleagues to attend future events” “This has to be the best online conference I have been to, I really enjoyed the breakout rooms.”

Advancing Ulcer Care Management Online Forum – 29th September 2020

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