The Pathology Programme was established to develop a WYAAT plan which included recommendations from the Carter report and the NHSI pathology network letter to investigate working as a hub-and-spoke model.
The Pathology Network has made considerable progress since 2017, holding two workshops to identify the benefits, risks and constraints on working together. This led to the creation of a monthly pathology collaboration group and identification of the following workstreams:
- Immunology centralisation to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
- Common Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); a common LIMS system will enable joint working and sharing of the testing work, and a number of trusts need to replace their LIMS imminently. To progress this work, a WYAAT Pathology IT Managers groups has been established and LIMS supplier demonstration days have been held. A capital bid is being developed.
- Digital Cellular Pathology; digital cellular pathology creates digitised images of cellular pathology microscope slides which enables them to be stored, shared and reported digitally. In time it may also allow them to be analysed digitally. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is a national leader in digital pathology and led a feasibility study for the implementation of digital pathology across WYAAT. Cancer Alliance funding was obtained to provide digital scanners for all WYAAT trusts.
- Microbiology Clinical Service Partnership; a microbiology group has been formed to look at ideas for the future microbiology service. In addition, the group has agreed to align antibiotic policies and a project has been established.