Birmingham City Football Club

Come together with POCT Managers and Co-ordinators to share your challenges and leave with new ideas on how to integrate diagnostic services effectively outside of the hospital. Packed full of expert presentations, case study sharing and unique networking, this NHS event will enable you to benchmark and plan for the future with like-minded colleagues from across the country.

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

POCT National Diagnostics Forum
Face-to-face 5 hours Early bird: £49+VAT

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

Are you continually striving to enhance your POCT service? Looking for new ways to improve connectivity? Or are you struggling to navigate POCT in the community? If yes, then this networking forum is for you. Book your place and refocus on:

  • How to connect, establish and deliver from community diagnostics centres
  • New strategies to build a connected virtual ward service
  • Working with stakeholders to enable standardised POCT outside of the hospital
  • Developing standardised care for patients in the community
  • Bridging the connectivity gap between IT and POCT services
  • Discuss best practice for ensuring high quality POCT
  • Achieving connectivity with community settings
  • Tackling the obstacles to meet new UKAS standards

Plus insight from our industry partners

SBK Healthcare would like to thank Una Health, SterilabLumiraDx, QuidelOrtho and Cepheid 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
Dr Sarah Glover, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Clinical Lead for Point of Care Testing, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
POCT in the community
9:40
Developing a North West regional and local strategies to system POCT adoption across the system
  • Collaborative working to develop a NW POCT 'Plan on a Page' Strategy
  • Evaluating the benefits of establishing a standardised validation framework
  • Exploring initial plans and practicalities of developing a Pathology endorsed POCT Kitemark
Katie Moss, Programme Director, Greater Manchester Diagnostics Network and Chair of the North West Point of Care Strategy Group
10:10
Questions and answers with your speaker
10:20
Roundtable discussion: Exploring risk strategies to reduce errors
  • Which risk tools should do you consider?
  • How do you decide how to manage risk in your service?
In groups, based on your table, this is a great opportunity share your experiences and work through the challenges.
10:40
Feedback from roundtable discussion: Exploring risk strategies to reduce errors
10:50
Sponsored presentation opportunity
If you are an POCT 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
POCT networks across the UK
11:20
Wales’s National POCT Strategy: Setting up and developing point-of-care testing services
Annette Thomas, Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
11:50
POCT for SCOT: Shared experiences of the Scottish Network
Jayne Mckay, Point of Care Manager, NHS Tayside and Director of POCT-for-Scot
12:20
Panel discussion with your speakers: POCT networks across the UK
12:40
Sponsored presentation opportunity
If you are an POCT 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
1:00
Networking lunch break
Integrating in-vitro point of care diagnostics
2:10
Case study from Frimley Health: Delivering a fully joined-up virtual ward service
  • Understanding the role of POCT in enabling rapid diagnostic testing in the patient’s home
  • The journey to providing hospital level treatment and support in home settings
  • What is our offering? What implementation challenges did we face and how did we overcome them?
Katy Heaney, Consultant Clinical Scientist and POCT Specialty Lead, Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services, South 5 network and Chief Healthcare Scientist, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
2:40
Questions and answers with your speakers
2:50
Roundtable discussion: Shared experiences of delivering virtual wards in your service
  • What experiences do you have working with virtual wards?
  • Does your service have a virtual ward service? What challenges did you have to overcome in its delivery?
In groups, based on your table, this is a great opportunity share your experiences and work through the challenges.
3:10
Feedback from roundtable discussion: Shared experiences of delivering virtual wards in your service
3:20
Networking break
Hospital at home model
3:30
Establishing a Hospital @ Home model
  • Shared experiences and overcoming the implementation challenges
  • Improving connectivity to drive forward your POCT capabilities in the community
  • Advancing POCT connectivity in all scales: evaluating the impact of progress so far
Rhiannon Marr, Screening Laboratory and Point of Care Testing Manager, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Ian Smith, Former Screening Laboratory and Point of Care Testing Manager, Formerly at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
4:00
Questions and answers with your speakers
4:10
Chair’s closing remarks and close of day

First-hand speaker experiences

Hear from the pioneering POCT leads from across the country, who will share their experience, principles and future plans:


Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Scientist and Clinical Lead for Point of Care Testing
Organisation
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Biography

In 2008 Sarah began my career in Clinical Biochemistry at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Having completed her initial training and passed by ACS assessment, in 2012 she joined the Clinical Biochemistry team at Bradford Royal Infirmary as a Senior Clinical Biochemist.

Throughout her career as a Clinical Biochemist she has had a particular interest in point of care testing (POCT) service. During her time working in Bradford Royal Infirmary she was responsible for several POCT services, including cardiac marker testing and the implementation of urinalysis meters throughout the Trust. 

In 2014 after gaining FRCPath, Sarah moved to Harrogate as a principal clinical Biochemist and took on the role of clinical lead for point of care testing. In 2017 she became a Consultant Clinical Biochemist. During her time at Harrogate time the Department has expanded, implementing additional services and taking on responsibility for community glucose and ketone testing.

In 2016 the Point of Care Testing Department at HDFT became the first in the UK to achieve UKAS accreditation to ISO15189 and 22870 for many aspects of the service, within the hospital, at outreach clinics and even in patient’s homes. Sarah has successfully led the Department through numerous UKAS surveillance visits and a second full assessment visit, including several extensions to scope.

Sarah is passionate about ensuring point of care testing is fully embedded in the patient pathway and is used in a clinical and cost effective way. Whilst the ISO standards (15189 and 22870) provide an excellent basis for developing high quality POCT services, she believes close clinical liaison is essential to integrate point of care testing with the Trust’s culture.


Job Title:
Programme Director and Chair
Organisation
Greater Manchester Diagnostics Network and North West Point of Care Strategy Group
Biography

Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Biochemist
Organisation
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Biography

Job Title:
Point of Care Manager
Organisation
NHS Tayside and Director of POCT-for-SCOT
Biography

Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Scientist and POCT Specialty Lead, Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services, South 5 network and Chief Healthcare Scientist
Organisation
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Biography

Job Title:
Former Screening Laboratory and Point of Care Testing Manager
Organisation
Formerly at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Biography

At the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford Ian’s role was best be described as managing laboratory services in 3 areas:

  • Screening: Newborn bloodspot and fetal anomaly screening programmes for the Thames Valley area.
  • Mass spectrometry:  Regional Immunosuppressive drug monitoring service. 
  • Point of Care Testing: Leading for the OUH Trust and working with Oxford Health in the community.  

Ian has been involved with Point of Care Testing for around 18 years and his POCT projects include: 

  • Integration of the i-Stat into the OUH Trust for multiple point-of-care applications.
  • Introduction of data-networked point of care testing in community hospitals. 
  • Introduction of data-networked urine analysers across the Trust. 
  • Development of a clinic-based point-of-care HBA1C service.
  • Implementing Point-of-care CRP testing.
  • Evaluation of the i-Stat BhCG application for use in an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit.

Ian is a Public Health England Peer Assessor for UK National Screening Committee/NHS Screening Programmes; a Laboratory Advisor to Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme and a UKAS technical assessor.

He is also a Guest Lecturer on the Oxford Brookes University Biomedical Science degree course.

Ian joined Veritie Group in 2023. 


Job Title:
Screening Laboratory and Point of Care Testing Manager
Organisation
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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

With the continuously changing nature of POCT and the increasing demand for the service, this conference provides the opportunity to meet with services around the country to network and discuss the future of POCT, including:

  • POCT Managers and Coordinators
  • Consultant Clinical Scientists, Haematologists, Microbiologists, Pathologists, Immunologists, Rheumatologists, Radiologists and Radiographers
  • Biomedical Scientists and Chief Scientists
  • Scientific and Clinical Directors, Diagnostics Managers, Service Leads and Clinical Leads
  • Laboratory, Quality and Risk Managers

This conference is co-located with the Immunology National Networking 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

Join us in person in 2024 to elevate your service and learn from like-minded professionals. Since 2020, we having been delivering successful POCT events online and have received excellent feedback but don’t take our word for it, take a look at how other attendees have described our events:

“Really informative, interesting to hear how other areas work”

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Leading Change in POCT, December 2021

“Good to listen to different services experience, everyone at different stages and using different models for various reasons, great to understand these”

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Leading Change in POCT, December 2021

“Very well organised. Topics are current and love the networking"

King’s College Hospital NHS Trust, Leading Change in POCT, December 2021

“Very well organised, excellent and informative content”

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leading Change in POCT, December 2021

“Excellent learning opportunity’’

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Achieving ISO 15189 Accreditation for POCT, June 2023

“Comprehensive overview of accreditation for POCT, very useful’’

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Achieving ISO 15189 Accreditation for POCT, June 2023

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

Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services, Achieving ISO 15189 Accreditation for POCT, June 2023

“It was truly enlightening and useful for our scenario”

Progressing Quality Management Systems for POCT, September 2023

“Very interesting and useful practical information provided that will help me with my day-to-day job role and hopefully lead to improvements in the quality management of our POCT department”

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Progressing Quality Management Systems for POCT, September 2023

“It was useful to have an overview of the key applications and evidence expectations for the standards”

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Progressing Quality Management Systems for POCT, September 2023

“Excellent and really good to hear tips from a professional with lots of experience”

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Progressing Quality Management Systems for POCT, September 2023

“Great depth of knowledge shown by the speaker, she was very informative”

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Progressing Quality Management Systems for POCT, September 2023

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

If you are interested in joining Una HealthSterilabLumiraDx, Cepheid and QuidelOrtho 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