EQA - More Relevant Than Ever!

A symposium celebrating the career of David Bullock.

Please join us for this unique event, celebrating David's contribution to the field of External Quality Assessment in the Clinical Chemistry domain of Laboratory Medicine!

Thursday, 1st December, 2016, at IET Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP

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Symposium Profile

External Quality Assessment (EQA) is a crucial part of the quality management of laboratory medicine services. Through regular distributions of patient-like materials, it assesses the accuracy and comparability of diagnostic tests and contributes significantly to service quality and patient outcomes.

David Bullock has spent virtually his entire career managing, organising and ultimately directing the extensive portfolio of EQA services in the clinical chemistry domain of laboratory medicine from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He has made major contributions to the UK NEQAS Consortium as Chairman and Executive member and became the first President of UK NEQAS. He raised the profile of EQA with many national and international organisations, and helped develop accreditation standards for EQA. Working with the Wolfson Computer Laboratory, he has helped create and improve powerful EQA data management software.

The Symposium scientific session in the morning will comprise cutting-edge presentations on the science of EQA and its role and relevance in modern laboratory medicine. The sessions in the afternoon will continue on this theme but will also reflect on David's career and impact on EQA services worldwide. The provisional Programme is indicated below.

The Scientific sessions will be followed by a drinks reception and there will be a formal dinner in the evening. Registrants may choose to attend the Scientific sessions and/or the formal dinner. The drinks reception is open to anyone who has booked. We are pleased to offer a discounted rate for trainees. Please register here.

AQMLM is proud to provide website facilities for the registration for this unique and exciting day, which will be of interest and relevance to all in laboratory medicine, whatever the stage they are in their career or their speciality.

Provisional Programme

09:00 Arrival, registration & coffee
EQA as a driver of quality in laboratory medicine: a global perspective
IT innovations and how technology will change health care delivery
11:20 Break
The role of mass spectrometry in the pursuit of accuracy
Practical benefits of EQA to a typical Laboratory
13:00 Buffet Lunch
Why Diagnostic Companies value EQA
Biological Variation Studies: A,B, C and D scores?
Pan-discipline EQA and whole process EQA
15:10 Break
From Variance Index to The ABC of EQA - where next?
Half a Lifetime in EQA
16:30 Close of Scientific sessions
16:30 Drinks Reception
19:00 Dinner
22:00 Close

Dr Graham Beastall

Graham Beastall is the immediate Past President of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), having served as President from 2009-14

Prof Jonathan Kay

Professor Jonathan Kay is, amongst many other roles, Visiting Professor of Health Informatics in the Centre for Health Informatics, a Clinical Informatics Director (Medical Directorate) on the NHS Commissioning Board and

Prof Brian Keevil

Brian Keevil is a Consultant clinical Scientist at the University Hospital of South Manchester. He has developed a special interest in LC-MS/MS methodology over the past 15 years and using this technique has developed

Dr Rachel Marrington

Rachel Marrington is a recent recruit to the Birmingham Quality team. She trained in the Midlands and was seconded to Birmingham Quality in 2005 and helped develop the Urine Chemistries and Dipstick Schemes.

Allan Thompson

Allan Thompson worked in the Diagnostics industry for 24 years in various Technical and Marketing roles, providing clinical and scientific support on immunoassays across all disease ranges to end customers as well as internal staff

Dr Bill Bartlett

Dr Bill Bartlett is Joint Clinical Director of the Diagnostics Group, Clinical Lead for Blood Sciences within NHS Tayside, and Clinical Lead for the Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Managed Diagnostic Network

Dr Bill Egner

Bill Egner is a Consultant Immunologist at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He is Director and Scheme Organiser of the UKNEQAS for Immunology, Immunochemistry & Allergy and

Finlay MacKenzie

Finlay MacKenzie is the Director and Lead Scientist of Birmingham Quality (previously the Wolfson EQA Laboratory), which is the largest UK NEQAS Centre for Clinical Chemistry. He is an NHS Consultant Clinical Scientist and is Organiser of many EQA Schemes in Clinical Chemistry

Dr David Bullock

David Bullock has been at the forefront of EQA provision in the UK for over 35 years. It is in departmental folklore that if an element of EQA was not covered in David's PhD thesis, then it was not worth knowing

Venue & Travel

The venue is IET Austin Court, a recently re-furbished conference & events venue on Cambridge Street behind the International Convention Centre.

Birmingham is a principal hub of England's rail network with Birmingham New Street Station at its centre. We recommend that you travel by train and book well in advance to get the best fares. On arrival, you can take a taxi ride, but if you feel up to it, Austin Court and nearby hotels are only a short walk. Just follow signs for Centenary Square, Symphony Hall or the new Library.

Birmingham International Airport is a short ride away (12 minutes) on the train with frequent services into the city's main New Street Station. Taxis from the airport can be very expensive (around £40). From the arrivals hall, follow the signs to Trains and take the monorail to the train station itself - it only takes two minutes. Purchase your ticket and take any train to New Street Station. Virgin trains are the quickest with no stops, local trains stop at suburban stations.

Birmingham is not currently a very car-friendly city as there are major roadworks on the motorway network into the city and road diversions around a major reconstruction close to the venue. The Barclaycard Arena North Car Park is nearby, but if you are coming by car, please be aware of these warnings!


There are many good quality Hotels within a few minutes walk of Austin Court. We are not offering a booking service as you will get much better rates online, but we can advise on their location and facilities by email.