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Pathology Services for the Black Country

Key BCPS Project Dates

Summer 2016 Discussions began    Spring 2018      Final business plan accepted August 2018 Trust sign 10 year agreement 1st October 2018 Staff TUPE to single employer 31st March 2019   Full transfer of pathology budgets September 2019       New equipment procured January 2020 New Clinisys IT   solution ‘ Go - Live’ February 2020 New Cross hub complete Spring 2020 Hub and spoke model in place                 
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on to plan for our new pathology services. Key things at present include: We have procured a new IT system which will work across all the laboratories. Staff have been busy working on the detail so that we can move on to building the system with our commercial partner. Bringing together four Pathology departments requires lots of planning. The different disciplines meet regularly to take this forward.
A meeting of the Clinical Biochemistry work stream at Russell’s Hall Hospital plans for harmonisation across the Black Country.

Sustainable services for the future

The four NHS trusts in the Black country have offered excellent pathology services both to their hospitals and to surrounding GPs. However there are pressures on the service and these include: Implementing new innovations is expensive and sometimes needs larger organisations to be efficient and effective. Attracting scientists and medical staff to work in NHS laboratories is increasingly difficult and taking a network of departments forward is seen as very attractive. We will be reconfiguring our services so that modern pathology is relevant, timely and sustainable into the future.
We are a probably the largest employer of clinical laboratory staff in the West Midlands conurbation. Our vacancies are advertised on NHS jobs. At present we are interested in: Consultant Histopathologists HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists in several specialities. If you feel that you have the skills we need then do contact us on: enquiries@bcpathology.org.uk .
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Information about the tests we do

Our pathology laboratories offer a huge range of tests which are used across healthcare both in hospital settings and also by General Practitioners. Many patients are now much more interested in understanding the tests that are being undertaken. There is lots of medical information available on the internet. Lab tests on-line has been specifically developed for patients and healthcare professionals as a source of professionally produced information for pathology tests in the United Kingdom.
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Page last updated: 11.07.19                                         Next review date: 03.06.20