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The consultation is being held in order to identify improvements to the current process in response to queries and suggestions we have received about implementation and planning issues.

Why are we consulting?

The consultation is being held in order to identify improvements to the current process in response to queries and suggestions we have received about implementation and planning issues.  

We are seeking opinions on:

  • The potential for a draft standards review and discussion opportunity,
  • Units of measure standardisation and Read code V2 (used in PBCL) withdrawal approaches (see: http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/data/uktc/readcodes)
  • Desired file format(s) for future releases of primary care pathology data standards.


The consultation is aimed at:

  • Laboratory system suppliers
  • GP system suppliers
  • Users of those systems.

Purpose of consultation

We understand that any change can have an impact upon you or your organisation. Because of this we are consulting users of the Pathology Bounded Code List (PBCL) and the National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue (NLMC) to help us determine what changes are required and assign a priority.
The purpose of this consultation is to improve the update process currently used by PBCL and help plan potential changes in implementation approaches with the resulting aim being the safe and consistent implementation of pathology information standards across the NHS.


How to respond

The consultation will run from 28th July 2015 to 07 September 2015. It consists of 13 questions and should take about 15mins to complete.
It can be accessed on the following link:
https://consultations.infostandards.org/hscic/pbcl<https://consultations.infostandards.org/hscic/pbcl>
The consultation format allows you to return to edit your responses at any time, prior to final submission.
Please ensure you submit any comments prior to the closing date so they can be considered.


Publication of the consultations' outcome

The outcome of the consultation will be discussed at a workshop in London on the 10th September 2015 and the input received will influence the national development process, release notes, format and data standards for primary care pathology results reporting going forward.
All respondents expressing an interest in further involvement in their responses on the questionnaire will be sent details of the planned workshop.

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