Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS) has pushed ahead with an initiative to create a laboratory network to serve four trusts and delivered a go-live for its CliniSys laboratory information system.

Wolverhampton-based BCPS was formed in response to a report by Lord Carter of Coles, which recommended that NHS laboratory services should be reorganised into a regional ‘hub and spoke’ model to improve quality and efficiency. It is developing a pathology network for four trusts: The Dudley Group, Sandwell and Birmingham, Walsall Healthcare, and The Royal Wolverhampton.

Staff were TUPE transferred into the new organisation in October 2018, and since then the network has been running programmes of work to procure new equipment, modernise logistics, and build a new pathology extension at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

In November 2018, it also decided to deploy CliniSys WinPath Enterprise as a single laboratory information management system to support communication and to standardise ways of working between the central lab in Wolverhampton and ‘hot labs’ that will handle local tests for hospitals in the network.

BCPS is aiming to contribute £5 million savings to the £200 million savings identified by the Carter Report.

Date published: September 25, 2020

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