Sixth Annual National Data Report launched by National Quality Improvement Programme in Histopathology

Sixth Annual National Data Report presented at the National Histopathology QI Conference

On 20 June 2019 the sixth Annual National Data Report was presented at the National Histopathology QI Conference, which took place in No.6, Kildare Street.

The report was compiled using national, anonymised data collected from the National Quality Assurance and Improvement System, from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

32 Irish laboratories participated in the programme and contributed to the dataset in 2018.

The report gives an indication of the quality of histopathology practice in Ireland and enables individual laboratories to compare their performance against the national average.

Sixth Annual National Data Report

View the 6th Annual National Data Report of the National Quality Improvement Programme in Histopathology

Marking 10 years of the Quality Improvement Programme in Histopathology

This year the National Quality Improvement Programme in Histopathology celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The Programme was developed by the Faculty of Pathology as a matter of priority following high-profile cancer misdiagnosis cases in 2007 and 2008.

The Faculty wanted to systematically produce robust evidence on histopathology services in Ireland against the highest international standards. It also wanted to address the lack of national standards or benchmarks for auditing pathology services.

Thanks to the programme, Ireland can report on national metrics in histopathology, making it the first country in the world to do so.

As part of the Faculty of Pathology’s public engagement strategy, Prof Louise Burke, Dean of the Faculty of Pathology, plans to mark this event on 22 November 2019 to coincide with International Pathology Day, promoting the discipline of pathology and its achievements.

Prof Conor O’Keane, Director of Quality and Clinical Care, RCPI

Report launched at the National Histopathology QI Conference

The National Histopathology QI Conference was led by the members of the National Histopathology QI Working Group, including Dr Sine Phelan (Chair), Prof Conor O’Keane and Dr Niall Swan.

The event was attended by many Histopathologists and Medical Scientists from around Ireland.

The first speaker, Dr Brian Creedon, Former Chair of the National Audit of Hospital Mortality (NAHM) Governance Committee, talked about the evolution of the NAHM project. The second speaker, Dr Stefan Willems, Pathologist in the Department of Pathology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands shared their journey of successful integration of synoptic reporting.

Participants also had a chance to attend a MedLIS drop-in session to become familiar with certain aspects of the new system. The Conference facilitated interesting discussions providing a platform to encourage sustained Quality Improvement activities at a local level and the effective use of data.

Dr Niall Swan, Member of the Histopathology QI Working Group, Dr Sine Phelan, Chair Histopathology QI Working Group, Dr Ann Treacy, Member of the QI Working Group, Dr Stefan Willems, Pathologist, Department of Pathology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands, Prof Conor O’Keane, Director of Quality and Clinical Care, RCPI

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The Histopathology National Quality Improvement Programme gives patients greater confidence in the diagnosis of illnesses, regardless of whether they are tested at a large or small hospital, either public or private.  

The central aim of the programme is to ensure enhanced patient care and patient safety with timely, accurate and complete pathology diagnoses and reports.

If you have any questions about the Specialty Quality Improvement Programmes, please contact:

Caitríona McGrath

Department Manager, Specialty Quality Improvement Programmes

Tel: 01 8639 658

Caitríona is the Department Manager for the Speciality Quality Improvement Programmes in:

  • GI Endoscopy
  • Radiology
  • Histopathology

Philip Ryan

Technical Administrator, Specialty Quality Improvement Programmes

Tel: 01 863 9745

Philip provides project support to National Quality Improvement Programmes in

  • Histopathology
  • Radiology
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Gabriela Tomkiel

Programme Manager, Speciality Quality Improvement Programmes

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9759

Gabriela manages the National Quality Improvement Programme in

  • Histopathology