Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust becomes the next organisation to benefit from the NPIC national digital pathology platform

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) have joined other NHS Trusts within the West Yorkshire area and have now gone live on the National Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) digital pathology platform. This high-capacity pathology image repository and exchange system, revolutionises how pathologists provide patient services and expert opinions, which will facilitate digital transformation across pathology for the Trust, the West Yorkshire region and nationally.

This national platform will not only aid reducing waiting times and increase reliability of decisions but offer the ability for digital images to be extracted and anonymised for the purpose of research, training, and support testing of AI algorithms to help medical professionals make more efficient diagnoses.

The ambitious programme is led by NPIC and enabled in partnership with world leading industry experts including Sectra, Leica Biosystems & Exponential-e to supply unmatched technology and expertise in this exciting an expanding field.

“It is great to see Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust using NPIC’s world leading Digital Pathology Platform. NPIC continues to lead the way with the deployment of its digital pathology solution, bringing together cutting-edge technology with sector specific experience, resulting in direct benefits to patient care.”

Usman Arif: Programme Head – Digital, Data & IT Services, NPIC

This has been a huge achievement from the team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust which has involved significant effort and contribution from various teams including Clinical Consultants, Biomedical Scientists, Pathology, Networking & IT Services. This major milestone is a significant step in helping the Trust digitise pathology services and it will revolutionise the ways of working both locally, at the Trust and the wider NPIC network.

“There is the potential for digital pathology to help reporting of cases, improving patient care as we can share the images electronically with other clinicians for MDT meetings, second opinions and educational purposes.”

Michelle McNamara – Cellular Pathology Service Manager, CHFT

NPIC would like to thank some of the core team members from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust who have played a pivotal role and collaborated with NPIC to reach this milestone for their Pathology Service:

  • Dr Sarah Knight (Lead Consultant Histopathologist)
  • Dr Vidya Kumaraswamy (Consultant Histopathologist)
  • Michelle McNamara (Cellular Pathology Service Manager)
  • Mandeep Singh Dhesi (Senior Biomedical Scientist)
  • Lucy Fulstow (Specialist Biomedical Scientist)
  • Jemma Morris (Senior Biomedical Scientist)
  • Yen Lee (Advanced Practitioner / Senior Biomedical Scientist)
  • Takis Kalogeropoulos (Project Manager)

“This is a real milestone, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the team’s hard work on the planning and delivery.”

Anu Rajgopal – Clinical director, Pathology, CHFT

About NPIC

National Pathology Imaging Co-operative, NPIC (Project no. 104687) is supported by a £50m investment from the Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine challenge, managed and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

NPIC is a unique collaboration between NHS, academic and industry partners. NPIC is deploying digital pathology across hospitals in England and will develop artificial intelligence tools to help diagnose cancer and other diseases.

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