The NPEx team is delighted to announce the successful delivery of a pilot to automate reporting of General Chemistry UK NEQAS scheme. Working in collaboration with Birmingham Quality (part of University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and who operate many UK NEQAS services), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), NPEx enables electronic requesting and reporting of all EQA orders and results.
MFT are live following the pilot and HEFT are expected to go live before Christmas. The pilot was inclusive of four schemes: General Chemistry, Steroid Hormones, Haematinics and GFRs.
Adam Tonge, IT Co-Ordinator for Biochemistry at MFT commented on the pilot “We have four schemes functioning and we’re now looking at mapping the others very soon. The staff that have adopted the new EQA NPEx process are extremely happy as it has made their job much easier because the process is extremely efficient compared to that of before.”
Following delivery of a live pilot Birmingham Quality are working with the NPEx team to deliver electronic reporting for a wider repertoire of EQA schemes across as many NPEx users as possible.
Finlay MacKenzie, Director and Lead Scientist at Birmingham Quality, added “We are pleased with the results from the pilot. There was a lot of hard work to address the foibles that exist in booking-in EQA specimens, but we think we are now ready for a larger roll-out.”
If you are an NPEx customer and would like to take part in the digital reporting of UK NEQAS schemes, then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.