Project Aims

To support Trusts to work together on pathology to enable sustainability and meet the challenges caused by increased demand and an ageing workforce


  • Better integrated network of specialist diagnostic teams
  • Standardised quality across the region
  • The opportunity to distribute workload more evenly
  • Reduced waiting times for patients
  • Improved access to specialist advice for patients
  • Improved safety and effectiveness
  • Increased speed and efficiency in reporting
  • Better use of resources

Key achievements

  • Establishment of Pathology Services Steering Group
  • Agreed workplan with key areas of focus

Progress – April 2017

  • A Business Case is currently being written for a digital histopathology platform
  • Opportunities across microbiology currently being scoped
  • Opportunities to improve service resilience through IT being developed

Project Team

  • John Somers, Chief Executive Sponsor (Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust)
  • David Throssell, Medical Director Sponsor (Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Ben Chico, Project Manager