Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) includes St James’ University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and Chapel Allerton Hospital.
With diverse data and process requirements across multiple teams, the co-ordination of audits across the Trust was challenging. In 2009, LTHT chose Interactive Software’s laboratory and specimen management solution, Achiever Medical, to facilitate the auditing process whilst allowing users to carry out their daily tasks.
The solution is currently used by 39 teams across Leeds University and three hospitals to track human tissue and manage Human Tissue Act (HTA) compliance.
Following glowing reports from previous HTA audits, LTHT’s internal auditors wanted to further improve quality and maximise budgets. LTHT was looking for a solution to help them to carry out scheduled and ad-hoc internal specimen and location audits. It was envisaged that through a more pro-active auditing approach, issues could be identified and addressed earlier including amending any Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The solution also needed to be flexible enough to manage the differing requirements for each team involved.