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RCPath Consulting

The Royal College of Pathologists set up RCPath Consulting (RCPC) to meet the demand for independent, authoritative, specialist advice in providing high-quality pathology services. A range of consultancy services can be tailored to your needs. Our focus is on improving efficiency with patient care at the core of any advice.

Our advisors
RCPath Consulting advisors are all senior Fellows of the College who will have been successfully appointed to these roles following a rigorous recruitment process.

They have provided leadership in a range of pathology specialties, and in many roles, including education, research and, of course, clinical practice.

Our advisors have led radical reconfigurations, working across the NHS and private sector; developed mechanisms for pathology performance reviews; and established quality management systems. They offer professional insight, experience and advice with integrity.
Many have gained further expertise through their volunteer professional roles within the Royal College of Pathologists, healthcare regulatory bodies and other external organisations.

Our advisors will provide independent, authoritative, specialist advice to help you design and develop efficient pathology services built around patient need.

Advice on the commissioning or tendering of pathology services
RCPath Consulting provides advice on pathology commissioning and/or tendering in situations where it may be helpful to have an authoritative view that is independent of local providers and others with a vested interest. The purpose of RCPath Consulting’s involvement is to help local commissioners, managers and pathologists to specify effectively an efficient, high-quality service.

Advice on reconfiguration of pathology services
Where plans for the provision of pathology services involve reconfiguration across more than one Trust, an authoritative and independent view on the impact of proposed changes on the quality and efficiency of pathology provision may be helpful. The purpose of RCPath Consulting’s involvement is to provide input that is independent of all local providers and will help to ensure the quality of services is maintained or improved for all users, while providing the most cost-effective services.

Advice as part of an option appraisal process
RCPath Consulting provides independent input to an option appraisal process when pathology plans are assessed, options considered and prioritised and decisions taken. In these circumstances, where one-off independent input is required, no report will be prepared.

Requests for consultancy services
Requests for RCPath Consulting services may be received from NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, commissioner groups, Strategic Health Authorities, independent advisors and pathology networks. Requests should be in writing, or via email to Daniel Ross, Chief Executive daniel.ross@rcpath.org or Dr Rachael Liebmann, College Registrar & RCPath Consulting Lead rachael.liebmann@nhs.net


The individual terms of reference will vary depending on the circumstances of each request and RCPath Consulting will respond individually to requests. However, RCPath Consulting retains the right to refuse requests for its services.RCPath Consulting’s involvement will take place according to individual terms of reference agreed in advance with the organisation requesting the service. If agreed as part of those terms of reference, RCPath Consulting Pathology Advisors (see below) will produce a report with recommendations. Any report produced will be scrutinised by a further panel within RCPath Consulting prior to being shared with the requestor and will follow quality-assurance processes as described below.


 

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