3rd NHS Pathology Conference: Improving NHS diagnostics

Diagnostics & Sciences

09:00 am
25 Sep, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

3rd NHS Pathology Conference: Improving NHS diagnostics

Diagnostics & Sciences

09:00 am
25 Sep, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

Job titles includes

National Pathology Programme Lead

Director of Operations

Head of Communications

Pathology Service Manager

Head of IT & Digital Pathology

Director of Digital Data and IT

Deputy Cellular Pathology Manager

Operational Manager

Pathology Risk and Governance Lead

Pathology Contracts Manager

Head of Finance

Cellular Pathology Manager

Clinical Lead for Cellular Pathology

Managing Director

Deputy Divisional Manager Cellular Pathology

Delegates Registered

Organisations Involved

NHS Wales Health Collaborative

North West London Pathology

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Current Landscape and Challenges:

The complexity of diagnostic processes, coupled with resource limitations, has led to a need for innovative solutions and collaborative approaches. Local pathology networks, though recognised as essential, are still in need of strengthening to ensure seamless patient care.

Importance and Timeliness of the Event:

Amidst the evolving healthcare landscape, the NHS Pathology Conference South stands as a timely and crucial platform. It serves as a catalyst for transforming the current challenges into opportunities, fostering innovation, and fostering collaborative efforts. This conference is instrumental in redefining the future of healthcare diagnostics, aiming to optimise efficiency, enhance patient care, and establish a resilient healthcare ecosystem.

Key Content Streams:

  • Managing Demand and Capacity: Understand strategies and best practices for effectively managing the increasing demand and capacity challenges within pathology services.
  • Local Pathology Networks: Explore the significance of fostering local pathology networks for enhanced collaboration and streamlined patient care.
  • Innovations in Pathology Diagnostics and Technologies: Stay updated with the latest advancements in pathology diagnostics and technologies and learn how these innovations can contribute to improved patient outcomes.

Attendees will have the chance to forge connections with like-minded professionals, leading researchers, and industry experts, thus fostering a network of valuable contacts and potential collaborations.

By attending this conference, NHS senior leaders can actively contribute to shaping a resilient and efficient healthcare ecosystem, thereby improving patient care and diagnostic efficiency.

Headline Sponsor

Key Subjects

Working closely with national policymakers, we have identified 6 key areas of focus:

  • Pathology networks: review and best practice sharing
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Modernisation – Digitalisation
  • Standardising of coding
  • Governance
  • Pathology: Underpinning elective care transformation
  • How pathology services are involving themselves in community diagnostic hubs and patient testing at home.

Who will Attend

  • CEO’s
  • Consultant Pathologists – across all specialities
  • CTO’s
  • Haematologists
  • Heads of IT
  • Heads of Pathology
  • Heads/Directors of Diagnostic Services
  • Heads/Directors of Pathology Services
  • Heads/Directors of Transformation
  • Heads/Managers of Laboratory Services
  • Histopathologists
  • Senior Pathologists

The programme


Registration and Breakfast

Registration - Open from 9:00 am - Closes at 11:00 am

All delegates must complete their registration process before the 11:00 AM cut-off time. Please arrive in a timely manner to allow for registration and to avoid any inconvenience. Delegates who arrive after the registration deadline will be refused entry to the event.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain the event's schedule and ensuring that everyone can fully participate in the Pathology Conference. If you have any questions or require assistance, our event staff will be available to assist you with the registration process.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to an insightful and productive event together!


Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)

Saghar Missaghian-Cully
Managing Director
North West London Pathology

Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)


Panel Discussion: Pathology Beyond Borders: Integrating Innovation and Collaboration Across Disciplines

Mr David Wells
Institute of Biomedical Science
  • David Wells, Chief Executive, IBMS (Confirmed)
  • Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England, Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics in the NHS (Invited)
  • Dr Luke Moore, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (invited)
  • Bernie Croal, President Elect of the Royal College of Pathologists (invited)


In this dynamic panel discussion, we will delve into the forefront of pathology, exploring the intersection of various disciplines and the pivotal role they play in addressing contemporary challenges in healthcare.

Our expert panellists will lead discussions on four key themes shaping the landscape of pathology today: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Molecular Services in Biochemistry, Lung Screening, and Genomics.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR):

With the emergence of antimicrobial resistance as a global health threat, our panellists will explore the latest strategies and initiatives in pathology to combat AMR. From innovative diagnostic techniques to stewardship programs, the discussion will highlight the collaborative efforts needed to mitigate the impact of resistant pathogens on patient outcomes and public health.

  • Molecular Services in Biochemistry:

Advancements in molecular diagnostics are revolutionizing the field of biochemistry, enabling more precise and personalized approaches to patient care. Our panellists will examine the integration of molecular techniques into routine laboratory practice, discussing their implications for disease detection, prognosis, and treatment selection across a spectrum of conditions.

  • Lung Screening:

As lung cancer remains a leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide, effective screening strategies are imperative for early detection and intervention. Our panel will explore the role of pathology in lung cancer screening programs, emphasizing the integration of innovative imaging modalities, biomarkers, and histopathological assessment to optimize patient outcomes and reduce mortality rates.

  • Genomics:

The advent of genomic technologies has ushered in a new era of precision medicine, offering unprecedented insights into the molecular basis of disease. Our panellists will explore the evolving landscape of genomic pathology, from applications in oncology and rare diseases to the challenges and opportunities associated with large-scale genomic data interpretation and integration into clinical practice.

Through engaging discussions and real-world case studies, this panel aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, inspire innovation, and empower pathology professionals to navigate the complexities of modern healthcare delivery effectively.

Join us as we explore the synergies between different pathology disciplines and chart a course towards a healthier future for all.


Headline Sponsor - Source LDPath

Headline Sponsor - Source LDPath


Morning Break

Morning Break


Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)

Saghar Missaghian-Cully
Managing Director
North West London Pathology

Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)


Case Study - Exponential-e

Case Study - Exponential-e


Case Study - Aiforia

Case Study - Aiforia


‘Fireside Chat’ re MES Procurement Approach

Bob Murray
Associate Director of Procurement
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

‘Fireside Chat’ re MES Procurement Approach


Case Study - Health Now

Case Study - Health Now


Networking and Lunch

Networking and Lunch


Chair Afternoon Address (Confirmed)

Saghar Missaghian-Cully
Managing Director
North West London Pathology

Chair Afternoon Address (Confirmed)


Case Study - Aira Matrix

Case Study - Aira Matrix


Mini Quick-Fire Panel Discussion: Cross-region learnings

Mr Chris Sleight MSc BSc FIBMS
Chief Officer
Greater Manchester Diagnostics Network
Simon Brewer
Managing Director
South West London Pathology
Supriya Joshi
Clinical Director
Kent and Medway Pathology Network
  • Chris Sleight, Chief Officer - Greater Manchester Imaging & Pathology Networks - Greater Manchester Provider Federation Board (Confirmed)
  • Bee Anthony, Operational Director, East Suffolk and North Essex Diagnostic Network  (Invited)
  • Simon Brewer, Managing Director SWLP (Confirmed)
  • Branko Perunovic, Chief Medical Officer, Black Country Pathology Service | Histopathology (Provisionally Confirmed)
  • Francesca Trundle. Managing Director. Kent and Medway Pathology Network. Kent and Medway Pathology (invited)
  • Bruce Daniel, Head of Pathology, SW Region at NHS England (invited)
  • Supriya Joshi, Clinical Director, Kent and Medway Pathology Network (Confirmed)


In this Mini Quick-Fire Panel Discussion, we bring together a prominent network of pathology experts to share insights, exchange best practices, and collaboratively address pressing issues facing the field.

This dynamic session will feature rapid-fire discussions and Q&A, allowing attendees to gain valuable perspectives and practical solutions in a condensed timeframe.

Key Topics:

  • Laboratory Management: Efficient workflows, resource optimization, and operational strategies for enhancing productivity and quality assurance.
  • Quality Assurance: Best practices for ensuring accuracy, reliability, and compliance in laboratory testing processes.
  • Emerging Technologies: Exploration of cutting-edge technologies and their applications in pathology, including AI, digital pathology, and molecular diagnostics.
  • Patient Care Strategies: Innovative approaches to patient-centred care, personalized medicine, and interdisciplinary collaboration for improved clinical outcomes.
  • Challenges and Solutions: Identification and discussion of common challenges encountered in pathology practice, with collaborative brainstorming for effective solutions.
  • Future Directions: Insights into emerging trends, opportunities, and areas for growth and advancement within the field of pathology.

Through brief yet impactful exchanges, attendees will have the opportunity to glean actionable insights and innovative approaches to common challenges encountered in pathology practice.


Case Study - Profilerlive

Case Study - Profilerlive


Closing Panel Discussion: Pathology 2.0: Pioneering Tech Advancements Shaping Future Services

  • Matthew Connell, Director of Digital, Data and IT at Northwest London Pathology (invited)
  • Kerman Jasavala, Associate Partner at IBM (invited)
  • James Davis, Founder, CEO @ inicio health (invited)
  • Ruth Holland, Deputy CIO, imperial Collage (invited)


As we wrap up this enlightening event, we invite you to a captivating panel discussion exclusively focused on the future of pathology services. Delving into the realm of cutting-edge technology and innovation, this session promises to offer a compelling vision of what lies ahead for pathology practice.

Key Topics:

  • Digital Pathology Revolution
  • Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostics
  • Next-Generation Sequencing
  • Telepathology and Teleconsultation
  • Lab Automation and Robotics
  • Data Analytics and Predictive Modelling

Through insightful discussions and visionary perspectives from our panel of experts, attendees will gain valuable insights into the transformative potential of these technological advancements in shaping the future of pathology services.

Join us as we embark on an inspiring journey into the frontiers of innovation, paving the way for a more efficient, accurate, and patient-centred approach to pathology practice.


Canapés, Drinks and Networking

Canapés, Drinks and Networking


End of Day

End of Day


Your Pass Includes....

Your Pass Includes:

  • Multiple live keynote presentations
  • Live examples of both NHS and Commercial best practice
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments included 
  • Meet the supplier sessions.
  • Networking opportunity
  • Live Q&A sessions with all speakers on the day
  • Drinks receptions (subject to event)
  • CPD accreditation
  • Prize draws

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