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Steering Committee

The Schemes’ Director is advised by a Steering Committee composed of H&I experts.  The Committee reports to the UK NEQAS Executive Board.  The groups remit is to advise the Service Director on the overall design and operation of the Service, including aspects such as:

  • Appropriateness of the investigations surveyed
  • Number and frequency of specimen distribution
  • Data analysis, performance assessment and data presentation
  • Communication with participants, (meetings and educational activities)
  • Communication with the diagnostics industry
  • Research and development for the Service
  • Communication with professional societies (e.g. BSHI, EFI)
  • the need for initiation or termination of EQA schemes
  • To review the Service’s annual reports
  • Planning requirements for the schemes
  • Identification and resolution of any difficulties expected in the preparation and maintenance of homogenous proficiency test items
  • Comments on any technical difficulties or other remarks raised by participants in previous proficiency testing rounds
  • Provision of advice in evaluating the performance of participants
  • Comments on the results and performance of participants
  • Provision of advice for participants (within the limits of confidentiality), either individually or within the report
  • Responding to feedback from participants
  • Planning or participating in technical meetings with participants

The Steering Committee’s constitution, including accountability, remit, composition, membership and finance are essentially as laid down in the UK NEQAS Executive’s document “Steering Committees” latest revision, October 2004 (available from UK NEQAS).

The 5B HFE Expert Advisors comprise a sub-group within the Committee.

The current members, the category of their membership and their contact details are listed below:

Steering Commitee Member
  • Tel: 020 3313 8215
  • Email: arthi.anand@nhs.net
  • Address: Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory, 1st Floor G-Block, Pathology Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London, W12 0HS
Steering Commitee Member
  • Tel: 020 3123 8386
  • Email: katy.derbyshire@nhsbt.nhs.uk
  • Address: Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics, NHSBT – Tooting Centre, 75 Cranmer Terrace, Tooting, London, SW17 0RB
Expert Advisor for Scheme 5B
  • Tel: 00 353 86 1007600
  • Email: BMacNamara@STJAMES.IE
  • Central Pathology Laboratory, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland, DO8 NHY1
Expert Advisor for Scheme 5B
  • Tel: 0117 342 0779
  • Email: tim.clench@UHBristol.nhs.uk
  • Address: Molecular Haematology, L8 Queen’s Building, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, BS2 8HW
UK NEQAS for H&I Operations Manager
  • Tel: 0144 3622 185
  • Email: amy.de’ath@wales.nhs.uk
  • Address: UK NEQAS for H&I, Welsh Blood Service, Ely Valley Road, Talbot Green, Pontyclun, CF72 9WB
Steering Commitee Member
  • Tel: 0035318092651
  • Email: jameskelleher@beaumont.ie
  • Address: NHISSOT, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland
Steering Committee Member
  • Tel: 0131 242 7518
  • Email: Sylvia.mcconnell@nhs.net
  • Address: H&I Lab, SNBTS, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 51 Little Eagle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5SA
Steering Committee Member
  • Tel: 0117 9217533
  • Email: anthony.poles@nhsbt.nhs.uk
  • Address: Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Department, NHSBT, 500 North Bristol Park, Northway, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QH
UK NEQAS for H&I Deputy Director
  • Tel: 0144 3622 185
  • Email: deborah.Pritchard@wales.nhs.uk or ukneqashandi@wales.nhs.uk
  • Address: UK NEQAS for H&I, Welsh Blood Service, Ely Valley Road, Talbot Green, Pontyclun, CF72 9WB
Clinical Representative
  • Tel: 0117 414 7699
  • Email:  Rommel.Ravanan@NBT.NHS.UK
  • Address: Richard Bright Renal Unit, Level 6 Gate 10 Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BRISTOL, BS10 5NB
UK NEQAS for H&I Director
  • Tel: 0144 3622175
  • Email:  tracey.rees2@wales.nhs.uk
  • Address: Welsh Transplantation Laboratory, Welsh Blood Service, Ely Valley Road, Talbot Green, Pontyclun, CF72 9WB
Expert Advisor for Scheme 5B
  • Tel: 01865 222379
  • Email:  kathryn.robson@imm.ox.ac.uk
  • Address: MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, OXFORD,  OX3 9DS
Steering Committee Chair
  • Tel: 0161 2767 988
  • Email:  Judith.Worthington@cmft.nhs.uk
  • Address: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, MANCHESTER,  M13 9WL
BSHI Representative to UK NQAAP
  • Tel: 0117 9217533 500
  • Email: Elizabeth.Wroe@nhsbt.nhs.uk
  • Address: Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Department, NHS Blood and Transplant, North Bristol Park, Northway, Filton, BRISTOL, BS34 7QH