Clinical service achievements

Derbyshire Shared Care Pathology receive RCPath Achievement Award

Derbyshire Shared Care Pathology receive RCPath award

Two UHDB colleagues are among the Derbyshire Shared Care Pathology team that have received a Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) Achievement Award 2022.

The awards celebrate excellence in pathology service provision and are given to teams who have achieved above and beyond in areas such as quality improvement, setting up new services, innovation in service delivery, reaching new patient groups, or educating and training staff and students.

Ms Julia Forsyth, Consultant Clinical Scientist, and Ms Helen Seddon, Clinical Scientist, along with Dr Penny Blackwell, GP from Hannage Brook Medical Centre, are the current leads for the project and explain the work that they have done in creating a high quality pathology service in Derbyshire, which has led to the team receiving the RCPath achievement award. 

The team said: “Improving patient care and safety has been at the forefront of The Derbyshire Shared Care Pathology team’s work to produce evidence-based, best practice guidelines.

“In 2011, Consultant Clinical Scientist Dr Nigel Lawson had the vision for bringing together local clinicians from primary and secondary care to collaborate with laboratory scientists.  Over the years this has proven to be a successful means of listening to the needs of GPs and enabling the service to change in response.  The team produce guidelines to enable a better understanding of diagnostics, requesting and interpreting test results. The guidelines are designed to support effective patient management and help clinicians to get it right first time.”

Derbyshire Shared Care Pathology Helen and PennyWhen asked how it felt to be receiving this award, Ms Forsyth said: “Receiving this award is a great accolade. It recognises the work that has gone on behind the scenes over the last 10 years. Many people have contributed, trainee clinical scientists, senior  clinicians and GPs, to the success of this project, which we hope to carry forward for many years.”

In an awards ceremony that took place in September, Ms Seddon and Dr Blackwell collected the award on behalf of the team.

Congratulations from #TeamUHDB!

 A full list of RCPath Achievement Award winners can be found here (opens in new window) >

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