Covid-19 – UK NEQAS Centre Update, February 2021

Birmingham Quality

Business as usual.

We are providing updates on the homepage on the Birmingham Quality website informing participants of this.  If there are any service changes we will inform participants on the Birmingham Quality website.

Participants are advised to let us know if they are unable to return results or are returning results late because of Covid-19.  This will be recorded on their reports in the usual manner, but they will not be penalised for late returns or amendments.

Website: www.birminghamquality.org.uk

Email: birminghamquality@uhb.nhs.uk


Blood Coagulation

Business as usual.

Website: www.neqascoag.org

Email: coag@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @ukneqasbc


Blood Transfusion Laboratory Practice (BTLP)

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqash.org

Email: btlp@ukneqas.org.uk


Cardiac Markers

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqas-cm.org.uk

Email: cardiac@ukneqas.org.uk


Cellular Pathology Technique

We have implemented our service continuity plans to allow assessment of submitted slides to take place. The imposed restrictions will however mean that issue of Run 131 will be delayed by a week, and be issued during the week of 8th February 2021.  As a consequence, the return date for Run 131 will be extended where necessary until the week of 8th March 2021. Results for Run 130 should all be available no later than the week of 8th February 2021.

Website: www.ukneqascpt.org

Email: cpt@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @ukneqascpt

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/uk-neqas-cpt


Edinburgh Peptide Hormones

Business as usual.

Website: www.edqas.org

Email: ukneqas@ed.ac.uk


GenQA

A new online assessment has been developed, and is now available, for COVID-19 High throughput Direct RT-LAMP assay Online Individual Competency Assessment. This is a training and competency assessment for High throughput Direct RT-LAMP assay for SARS-CoV-2 from saliva samples: laboratory processes including sample receipt, registration, racking, preparation of reagents and running the assay.

Website: www.genqa.org

Email: info@genqa.org

Twitter: @GenQA

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/genqa


Guildford Peptide Hormones & Trace Elements

Business as usual.

Website: www.surreyeqas.org.uk/peptide-hormones

Email: insulin@ukneqas.org.uk / trace@ukneqas.org.uk


Haematology

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqash.org

Email: haem@ukneqas.org.uk


Head and Neck Pathology

Review sessions have moved online, using Microsoft Teams, and Mentimeter scoring.

Email: neckpath@ukneqas.org


Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics

Business as usual.

Website: www.neqas.welsh-blood.org.uk

Email: handi@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @UKneqasHI


Immunocytochemistry & In-Situ Hybridisation

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqasiccish.org

Email: info@ukneqasiccish.org

Twitter: @ukneqasicc

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/uk-neqas-icc-ish


Immunology, Immunochemistry & Allergy

Business as usual.

Website: www.immqas.org.uk

Email: immunology@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @ukneqasiia


Leucocyte Immunophenotyping

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqasli.co.uk

Email: lip@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @ukneqasli

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ukneqas-for-leucocyte-immunophenotyping


Microbiology

Business as usual.

Website: www.ukneqasmicro.org.uk

Email: organiser@ukneqasmicro.org.uk

Twitter: @UKNEQASMicro

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/uk-neqas-microbiology


Parasitology

Business as usual.

Teaching remains on-line.

Website: www.ukneqasmicro.org.uk/parasitology

Email: parasite@ukneqas.org.uk


Reproductive Science

Business as usual.

Next distribution goes out 1st Feb 2021.

Website: www.mft.nhs.uk/saint-marys/services/gynaecology/reproductive-medicine/ukneqasreproductive-science

Email: repscience@ukneqas.org.uk

Twitter: @UKNEQASReproSci


UK National BNS Neuropathology Interpretative EQA Scheme

Website: www.bns.org.uk/eqa-scheme

Email: neuropath@ukneqas.org.uk


Vitamin K

Business as usual.

Website: www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/our-services/human-nutristasis/vitkeqas.aspx

Email: keqas@ukneqas.org.uk