The Future of Immunology Service Delivery
Come together with your immunology colleagues from across the country to explore the next steps that your service can take for workforce development, quality improvement and technology advancements for immunology. Delve into what is in store for the future of NHS immunology diagnostic services through focussed sessions on network formation, automation, Genome 100,000 project, accreditation and staff training and development.
When NHS diagnostic services are going through a period of change, utilise this interactive networking forum to share best practice, stay up-to-date and implement new improvement strategies to develop and enhance your immunology service delivery. This conference is part of a wider diagnostic forum bringing together professionals from Pathology, Radiology, Immunology and POCT in a shared break-out area. Utilise this opportunity to network, share ideas and discuss solutions to the challenges you are facing across NHS diagnostic services.
Secure your place today to benefit from insightful and innovative presentations and interactive discussion sessions which will improve your understanding and knowledge of:
- A network approach to immunology: practicalities of merging immunology services and shared best practice for overcoming challenges
- The future of immunology services: discover the impact of the Genome 100,000 project on your service and explore how you can encourage movement toward automated testing
- Updating immunology screening: understand the changes in guidance for the serum free light-chain assay
- Immunology service development: reaching the gold standard for your immunology service and exploring a paediatric service
- Improving the quality of your laboratory: applying validation and accreditation to your immunology service and improve training and competency for new team members
Improve your immunology service delivery and prepare for the future by taking one day out to network with your colleagues. This conference is part of a wider diagnostic forum bringing together professionals from Pathology, Radiology, Immunology and POCT in a joint networking area, providing the opportunity to interact with professionals and exhibitors across multiple diagnostic services, including:
- Consultant Clinical Scientists, Haematologists, Microbiologists, Pathologists, Immunologists, Rheumatologists, Radiologists and Radiographers
- Biomedical Scientists and Chief Scientists
- POCT Managers and Coordinators
- Scientific and Clinical Directors, Diagnostics Managers, Service Leads and Clinical Leads
- Laboratory, Quality and Risk Managers
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Immunology Diagnostic Service Update took place in March 2019 in Birmingham and was described as “a very interesting and relevant day for dealing with the current changes to services”, “A nice mixture of different topics, well-presented” and “Informative. New best practice to adopt”.
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Explore the next steps for workforce development, quality improvement and technology advancement in your immunology laboratory
|8.30||Registration, refreshment and networking|
|9.00||Chair’s opening remarks |
Andrew Bamber, Pathology Integration Director, Cheshire and Merseyside Pathology Network
A network approach to immunology
|9.10||Keynote presentation: An update from the experience of the Black Country Pathology Service|
A shared update of the experience of BCP services consolidating
Assess the challenges faced during the consolidation process and learn from how these were overcome
Taking the next steps: how will the network continue to merge and collaborate?
Graham Danks, Group Manager, Black Country Pathology Services
|9.40||Tackling the reality of developing pathology networks|
Exploring the gap between network theory and reality
Ensuring comprehensive internal/external engagement to identify pragmatic network solutions
Learning from experience: bottom up evolution, not top down revolution?
Ken Barr, Freelance Pathology External Adviser
|10.10||Case study: Overcoming the challenges of a network approach for immunology services |
The journey of a consolidating immunology service: where is the service now?
How could a network approach work for immunology labs work in practice?
Shared outcomes: measuring the success and overcoming the pitfalls
Aarnoud Huissoon, Clinical Lead Immunology and Allergy, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
|11.10||Chair’s opening remarks|
Alex Richter, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Clinical Immunology, University of Birmingham
The future of immunology testing
|11.20||Impact of the Revised 2017 International Consensus on ANCA Testing|
The methodology behind the new guidance
An insight into how to implement the changes
Measuring the impact on the accuracy of testing and diagnosis of vasculitis
Lorna Taylor, Chief Biomedical Scientist, Black Country Pathology Service
|11.50||Taking the next steps: encouraging movement towards automated testing in your immunology service|
Exploring the journey: making the switch
Overcoming the barriers for incorporating further automation into laboratories
How will technology continue to progress and what will be the impact on immunology services?
Steve Holding, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
|12.20||Spotlight presentation: Explore advancing technology and the impact on your immunology service|
Updating immunology screening
|2.00||NICE guidance update: exploring Serum free light-chain (sFLC) assay|
What has changed in the latest version of the guidance?
How should laboratory investigations and imaging to diagnose myeloma be carried out?
Discussion session: Overcoming a divide in the practicalities of haematological testing in immunology services across the NHS
Alex Richter, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Clinical Immunology, University of Birmingham
Improving the quality of your laboratory
|2.30||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?
Hannah Holland, Chief Biomedical Scientist, Greater Manchester Immunology Service (GMIS), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
|3.20||Improving training and competency: implementing standardised and effective education for junior staff|
Exploring the practicalities of delivering training for new team members
Overcoming the challenges: finding the time, demonstrating the value and engaging team members
Measuring the impact: MDT collaboration, testing standards and progression opportunities
Sarah Beck, Consultant Clinical Scientist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
|3.50||Speaker panel question, answer and discussion session|
|4.10||Chair’s closing remarks|
|4.20||Close of day|
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