2014 Summer Meeting

'Renal Disease and Laboratory Medicine'

The North West ACB Summer Scientific Meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th June at Salford Royal Hospital.

Please click here for the current programme

Please click here for a map of Salford Royal Hospital.

Utilising the expertise of Salford Royal Hospital as a national renal centre of excellence, we have four high profile speakers scheduled for the meeting:

Professor Donal O'Donoghue, the previous National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, will be summarising the soon to be updated NICE guidelines on CKD and why we should be moving towards the CKD-EPI equation and Cystatin C measurements. Following this, Professor Phil Kalra, Chair of the National Renal Clinical Trials Speciality Group, will review current knowledge and clinical/laboratory failings in the monitoring and management of patients with CKD mineral and bone disorder.

For those who don't know their ANCA from their elbow, Ed O'Riordan will be giving an overview of the often overlooked topic of autoimmune renal disease. Finally Rob Nipah, Chair of the National AKI Working Group, will describe the clinical management of AKI and provide a clinician's perspective on requirements of effective AKI laboratory alert systems.

This promises to be a very topical and informative meeting, and as usual is completely free! Please notify me by Friday 30th May if you are planning to attend by direct reply to Ed Hinchliffe (address in handbook) to ensure appropriate catering arrangements can be made.

A Special General Meeting (SGM) will follow the summer scientific meeting to discuss the following:

1) To ratify the ACB name change for the North West Region to "The Association for Clinical Bicohemistry & Laboratory Medicine"

2) To discuss and amend the current North West Association Rules

This meeting has been accredited for up to 3 CPD points (RCPath)

To register for this free meeting please email Ed Hinchcliffe by Friday 30th May

New Committee Members Elected

The ACB NW Committee would like to announce the following additions


Sarah Davies will take over the position of Meeting Secretary 

 Sarah Davies Photo

Craig Portsmouth will fill the position of Co-webmaster


The details of both can be found in the ACB handbook

Call for Nominations for the North West ACB Committee.

There are a number of vacant positions on the Committee for which we are calling for nominations:

- Meetings Secretary (If you would like further information of this role please contact Edward Hinchliffe.

- Deputy Webmaster (If you would like further information of this role please contact Darren Powell

If you are interested in either of these positions, please complete this form and return to Catherine Treslove by Friday 21st March.



ESR Recoding Information

Update on Electronic Staff Record (ESR) coding for Healthcare Scientists

Are you involved in the current Electronic Staff Recoding of Healthcare Scientists, or wish to know your coding?

If so, please see the latest ESR Recoding advice issued by the Federation of Clinical Scientists can be found here.

For further information please refer to the following following: www.hscic.gov.uk/article/2267/National-Workforce-Data-Set-NWD-guidance-documents and look for healthcare science guidance document.

Additional information can be found on the NW Healthcare Scientists Network website here.


Congratulations Ian Ward Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Ian Ward Member's Papers Competition!

Suzanne Armitage won first prize for a case presentation on pyroglutamic aciduria, and Daniella Nice second prize for her talk on placental biomarkers.

Copies of the talks will be uploaded to the Members area when available, and further photos can be found from the meeting there.




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