Pathology Laboratory Data Collection

Pathology Laboratory Data Collection

NHS Digital's work to develop National Standards and a delivery Roadmap to enable the sharing of Pathology results across the NHS has involved collaborating with its strategic partners on the data they collect from trusts relating to coding and IT in Pathology laboratories throughout the UK.

In December 2018 , NHS Digital's  National Pathology and Diagnostics team invited members of the Pathology Informatics National User Group (PINUG) and wider Pathology laboratory contacts to participate in an ongoing electronic survey devised by our clinical lead who is also a member of RCPath. The Survey enabled us to obtain up to date, real life data on various aspects relating to coding and IT systems used in Pathology laboratories, including: lab details and specialities, LIMS, EHR and messaging details, clinical coding systems and clinical terminologies used. Pathology laboratory contacts from 24 different trusts have participated in the survey to date.

Collaborating with our strategic partner, NHS Improvement, we combined the results from our electronic survey with data from the IT and Equipment section of the NHS I 2017/2018 annual Pathology Survey. The survey was completed by 100 different trusts throughout the UK, and provided nationwide data on trust LIMS providers, major technology providers for software relating to Pathology sub-disciplines within trusts and statistical information on the distribution of electronic requests and reports.

In February 2019 NHS Digital held a Stakeholder engagement workshop on Terminology Migration attended by Pathology laboratory staff from various trusts throughout the UK, this provided an opportunity to collate further information on Clinical coding systems and terminologies used by those in attendance. A composite slide set of the presentations delivered at the workshop can be found here

In total, data from 104 different trusts relating to coding and IT in Pathology Laboratories has been collated.

Should you wish to contribute to our survey, please use this link to access the online form.