Covid-19 – UK NEQAS Centre Update, January 2021

Birmingham Quality

Business as usual.

We request that participants 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.

We are on the second week of Distributions this calendar year.  The first Distributions will be closing this weekend so we should have data by early next week.

Website: www.birminghamquality.org.uk

Email: birminghamquality@uhb.nhs.uk


Blood Coagulation

Business as usual.

Following recent directives in the four nations of the UK, we have needed to revise our working practices to keep staff safe and to reduce any risk to participants. At present we expect to keep to current survey distribution schedules, but will keep this under review.

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 taken the decision to postpone the planned January assessment week, due to the most recent UK Government tier measures. As always, this has been a difficult decision to make however, we feel that it is the best option to ensure the safety of all our external expert assessment team and core staff.

In the meantime, 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

Business as usual.

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

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.

Once again, we face the prospect of having a reduced number of staff members available due to the strict lockdown restrictions being imposed in England at the beginning of the year. We are of course complying fully with those restrictions, but we will also be continuing with the assessment of Run 132.

Similarly, we intend to send out Run 133 on, or as close to schedule as is possible, and we are grateful to all our suppliers who are also committed to supporting us and the continuing provision of EQA services.

Other services such as the Referral for Opinion service will have a longer turn around than we might wish.

To contact ICCISH, please email rather than phone.

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