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Genomic Pathology Accelerator Programme

Lead: NHS North Thames GMS Alliance

Pathology is the study and diagnosis of illness by looking at the tissues that make up our body. It underpins every aspect of patient care from diagnosis through to treatment and is a key enabler for genomic testing.

This project aims to analyse and improve the ways in which tumour samples for solid cancers are processed and used for diagnosis to optimise turnaround times and ensure a high-quality process across the NHS Genomic Medicine Service.

This will be achieved by bringing together clinical leads, biomedical scientists and all other roles where pathology is involved to assess what is needed and to help develop educational and training resources for the workforce.

If there is a high-quality pathology service analysing samples quickly then it is possible to achieve more accurate diagnoses, faster which will mean better outcomes for patients with cancer as the earlier it is detected and treated the better.