Its not often that a study day should be received so positively but, on the occasion, Tutela held it’s “Achieving Excellence in Compliance and Monitoring Insights” at the beautiful location at Coombe Abbey in Coventry, it was a day I will remember fondly. Here’s my thoughts from the day. You’ll find a link to the presentations at the bottom of the page!
We heard from Wayne Goddard who was in good form, his humour shone throughout his presentation. Wayne is the Laboratory manager at Stockton Quality Control Laboratory, with his 20 years of experience he shared his first hand experiences with inspections and compliance requirements to meet GmP compliance and the demands of MHRA.
We then listened to Michelle Evans who is head of Quality Assurance Laboratory at the Welsh Blood Service. Again with 30 years’ experience she knew all the stumbling points to avoid, and how to ensure your temperature monitoring requirements are accurately recorded and applied to ensure quality of service was never in doubt. The validation of storage systems which surround blood is so important to providing a trusted service, it was fascinating to hear her accounts and stories.
Chris Robbie from the MHRA joined the event. It was fascinating to hear his understanding from the regulator’s perspective, not something you hear that often. As member of SHOT (Serious Hazard of Transfusion), working as part of a larger team on steering groups such as the National Blood Transfusion Committee Lab Managers Group, ensuring lessons in the past are applied and ensuring that safety to the public is paramount.
A new edition to the team was Michelle Martin, the Pathology Quality and Governance Manager & Lead for Scientific training at Barking, Havering and Redbridge. She is also a CSO WISE Fellow 2016-17. This hidden leader within the NHS is driving change with an open mind and challenging the norms, shaking up old thinking with fresh ideas and great communication. Michelle spoke about leadership and it’s many forms, and put us all to the test (literally) to discover what kind of leaders we were.
Jackie Peck (a pharmacist by profession) has managed pharmacies in all parts of the country opening at one time thirty four Pharmacists within Sainsburys. With all that experience she knows what it means to be audited and how to be prepared for it. Today she is the CEO of Pharmacy Consulting and offers her clients a personal, informative and collaborative training for her clients to ensure they embed safety and systems in the roles and to ensure quality audits are managed effectively and managed correctly.
The whole event was rounded off with our old friend Malcolm Robinson, a biomedical scientist who despite retiring never stops caring for others. During his time at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust delivered 5 x CQC Outstanding rating. When Harvey Buster Baldwin came into his life the impact that was to come could never have been predicted. The inspiration of this poorly young man pushed Malcolm to launch the Charity Harvey’s Gang which was awarded the NHS70 award for children and young people presented to Malcolm by the BBC. Malcolm was also awarded the honour of Biomedical Scientist of the year 2018, after his talk there were many tears secretly being wiped away.
Well I wish you could have been there what an event it was, but if you think you’d like to come to the next meeting and meet the team above just get in touch…. follow this link for the presentations