Transforming pathology in the East & West Midlands

Primary Care Trust Chief Executives in the region have approved plans to reconfigure pathology services across the East and West Midlands. The plans will establish the location of future sample analysis and other tests requested by GPs and community clinicians.

The objective of the new plans is to further improve the high standards that currently exist, improve consistency between services and the efficiency of the system as a whole. They are pleased to be supporting the project board in all aspects of this procurement.

The procurement for services in the region will commence in the third quarter of 2012 and will be open to qualified NHS, independent sector and voluntary sector providers, via an open competitive process. Participation is being invited from all qualified organisations to ensure that they have explored the best and most innovative proposals for this procurement.

Eest & West Midlands transforming pathology services OBC

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At the request of commissioners they are producing an Outline Business Case to provide recommendations on how best to deliver efficient, effective pathology provision in the region and achieve optimum savings in line with ‘Carter’ recommendations.

The recommendations of the OBC were discussed by the newly appointed Project Board on the 29th May comprising of CCGs and the PCT Cluster Chief Executives, and will be presented to the PCT cluster CEO Board on 7 June.

Should the OBC be approved they will be organising CCG and stakeholder engagement events, the dates and locations of which will be decided and communicated at a later date. 

Pathology in the East and West Midlands

On 8 March, Cluster CEOs requested that they produce an Outline Business Case (OBC) to provide the optimum recommendations that would deliver efficient, effective pathology provision across the East and West Midlands, and achieve savings in line with the Carter recommendations.  The OBC will be presented at the CEO Cluster Meeting on 7 June 2012.

On 16 April, KPMG and Wragge & Co were appointed as financial and legal advisors (respectively) for the project following competitive tender.

The first Clinical Pathology Advisory Group meeting was held on 24 April at NHS West Midlands’ Birmingham headquarters, to which speciality representatives nominated by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry were invited. This will be followed by a Commissioner Project Initiation Workshop on 2 May, at NHS East Midlands’ headquarters in Nottingham.

As is core to all of the projects they work on, they are striving to involve unions as early as possible, and the first meeting with representatives being on 22 May, and will take place monthly thereafter.

This month, the SPT team has successfully held one to one teleconferences with 26 of the 28 providers in the region, and 10 out of the 10 PCT clusters.

Potential providers have been asked to feed back as to how community pathology services might be geographically managed in proposals to transform pathology services in the East and West Midlands.

Scoping pathology in the East and West

As readers of SPT Update will know, they have been undertaking a scoping exercise in the East and West Midlands, reviewing the progress of pathology transformation projects across the regions. An outline business case is being developed on behalf of Commissioners, and working with Providers, which will evaluate and identify the optimum outcome and how best it can be achieved.