Stakeholder Engagement

The National Pathology and Diagnostics team at NHS Digital are working closely alongside other key strategic partners to enable the sharing of Pathology results across all healthcare settings. To make this happen we are looking to engage with as many key stakeholders as possible to provide updates, share knowledge and potentially collaborate on the work we are undertaking. 


There are a number of forums for stakeholders to engage with the Programme

Pathology Standards Governance Board (PSGB)

The purpose of the Pathology Standards Governance Board (PSGB) is to ensure a high quality UTL containing SNOMED CT concepts and processes for maintaining them to ensure they are clinically safe, accepted and effective for the user community.

The objectives are:

  • Execute oversight of the pathology standard (UTL) for reporting pathology test requests and results
  • Approve the UTL releases, including new test requests and results and retiring inactivated codes
  • Provide recommendations to IReS on UTL related products and service developments including:

-         Test request and result names and codes

-         Units of Measures

-         Central repositories/APIs of UTL

-         Review tracking tools associated with clinical assurance of the UTL and associated products

  • Recommend priorities for UTL development
  • Oversee the clinical and technical assurance of the UTL releases and the associated UoM
  • Oversee the clinical and technical assurance processes used to maintain the quality of UTL
  • Approve and oversee the maintenance of the Editorial Principles for the UTL
  • Facilitate the expansion of the UTL, as required for the pathology disciplines, in consultation with stakeholders
  • Promote uptake and use within the user community
  • Provide leadership in acceptance and integration of the UTL deployment in the NHS aligned with the mandatory requirements identified by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s National Pathology Optimisation and Delivery board

PSGB Membership

SGB Member


Organisation Role

Robert Simpson (Chair)

Institute of Biomedical Science

Informatics Lead

Dr John Williams CBE (Vice Chair)

Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Member of FCI Trustee Board

Royal College of General Practitioners

Previous chair of RCGP Health Informatics Group

Laszlo Igali

Royal College of Pathologists

IT Lead. Professional lead for development of the National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Doris-Ann Williams MBE

British In Vitro Diagnostic Association

Chief Executive

Andy Harris

National Pathology Exchange (X-Lab)

General Manager

David Gaunt

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Chair of Informatics Committee

Sophia Turner

Patient/ Lay representation


Prof. Jonathan Kay

Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Chair of Council

Darren Treanor

Royal College of Pathologists

Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative Digital Pathology Lead

Ian Thomson

NHS Scotland

Clinical Lead (Primary Care) in Digital Health & Care 

Jim Allison

Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Network

Clinical Lead

Doug Robertson

Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Network

Clinical Scientist

Mark Sleeman

Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

Chief Clinical Informatics Officer

Michael Adeogun

National Physical Laboratory

Head of Life Sciences & Health

Pathology Programme Board (PPB)

The role of the Pathology Programme Board is to own the high-level roadmap to enable the sharing of Pathology test results within the NHS and ensure the programme is operating to a central vision and common objectives.

The Pathology Programme Board is responsible for:

  • Providing overall direction for the CCIO7 Pathology Programme, ensuring clear objectives and defined deliverables are set
  • Committing resources to ensure the successful completion of the programme
  • Prioritising deliverables and resources
  • Resolving strategic and directional cross-organisational/stakeholder issues or dependencies
  • Ensuring effective engagement and communications with external stakeholders across the NHS
  • Informing the Senior Responsible Owners, Decision Making

Pathology Informatics National User Group (PINUG)

The Pathology Informatics National User Group (PINUG) facilitates two-way dialogue between NHS Digital and a wide range of interested parties. It enables communication with multiple stakeholders and provides a mechanism for collecting requirements and requesting feedback on proposed designs for pathology codes. 

The group consists of clinicians, diagnostic professionals, system suppliers, patient representative bodies and others.  PINUG members are a key source of expertise and their support and guidance is critical to the programme’s success.     

The forum allows us to provide parties with key updates and encourages stakeholders to share relevant news and information with us.

If you would like to be part of the PINUG please contact us for meeting invites and updates.

PINUG sub-groups

We are currently in the process of setting up sub-groups to address specialist issues relating to the development and implementation of Pathology information standards - UTL, Units of Measure and FHIR message specification. Please visit the collaboration area below to find out more.