Programme Objectives

  • Supporting the implementation of a national pathology network and modernisation programme based on a whole-system approach with co-operative hubs and spokes organised according to clinical need.
  • Co-ordinating the pathology modernisation activities of individual laboratories using the Ten Principles for Laboratory Modernisationframework, integrated with reform in the organisation and delivery of health services.
  • Modify referral patterns for specialist tests by developing a national network of specialised laboratory services, ensuring that in-sourcing and out-sourcing of tests is appropriate.
  • Developing a National Pathology Catalogue; laboratory handbook of national guidelines and order sets for common clinical diagnostic problems which lead to large scale laboratory investigations, so as to assist in demand management.
  • Determining and monitoring laboratory quality, costs and user satisfaction in Ireland
  • Support implementation of the Medical Laboratory Information System project, MedLIS, a national programme to integrate the IT in the 42 laboratories across the country.