Ticket Overview

ACB is delighted to welcome you to register for its first on line national congress UKMedLab21. The meeting, which integrates the meetings formerly known as FOCUS and Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from leaders in clinical science, laboratory management and education about development in policy, practice and management.

Packed with multiple sessions in two key streams; Leadership & Management and Science & Education UKMedLab21 will help laboratory professionals at all levels to regain ground on essential CPD activity that may have been lost in 2020 during the pandemic. We’ll also be featuring a Training Day on 14th June, virtual poster sessions and awards and an industry Expo in partnership with the British Invitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA).

Felxible ticket types allow you to build a programme tailored to your interests, availability and budget. Workshops will include moderated Q&A opportunities with speakers and presenters.

Detailed below is the full programme and booking details. 

Secure your place at UKMedLab21 and you will receive a £50 discount for UKMedLab22 taking place next year.

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Ticket Information

ACB Training Day, Monday 14 June

ACB Training Day - £60 (Member £50)

The Education, Training and Workforce Committee are excited to present the programme for this year’s UKMedLab training day. The day is delivered as a series of interactive sessions, workshop elements and presentations from leaders in their fields with a focus on topics which are traditionally not well taught in textbooks or for which practical experience is required. It therefore offers a valuable learning and networking opportunity for trainees within laboratory medicine particularly those preparing for FRCPath examinations. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday 14 June, 09:30 – 12:30 – Survivors guide to inborn errors of metabolism

The morning, delivered in a more traditional lecture format incorporating interactive elements, will be dedicated to metabolic biochemistry and delivered by members of the National Metabolic Biochemistry Network (Metbio.net).

Metbio.net is a group of specialist laboratories providing tests for the diagnosis and management of patients with inherited metabolic disorders across the United Kingdom. The network aims to provide the vision and national co-ordination needed to ensure that specialised laboratory services for metabolic biochemistry grow and develop to meet the needs of the national genetics, screening and healthcare agendas. This is in part achieved through provision of a specialist assay database, active participation in healthcare scientist training and education and provision of best practice guidelines aimed to help local non-specialist laboratories and clinical teams.

Speakers: Claire Hart, Donna Fullerton

Monday 14 June, 09:30 - 10:45 - Survival guide to acute presenting inherited errors of metabolism: key knowledge and strategies for handing cases in non-specialist centres

Monday 14 June, 10:45 – 11:15 – Break

Monday 14 June, 11:15 – 12:30 – Adult inherited errors of metabolism: typical disorders, presentations and diagnosis

Monday 14 June, 12:30 – 13:00 – Lunch break

In the afternoon, an interactive, workshop-based session, led by the Belfast Consultant Clinical Biochemist team, will provide delegates with an opportunity to practice and discuss the calculations and clinical cases elements of the FRCPath part 2 in tutorial-style groups.

Speakers: Grainne Connelly, Kathryn Ryan, Paul Hamilton, Brona Roberts

Monday 14 June, 14:00 – 17:00 – ACB Training Day – Calculations & Clinical Practice

Leadership & Management, Tuesday 15 June – Thursday 17 June

Leadership & Management (LM) - £200 (Member £130)

Formally known as Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) this stream is an essential meeting for all senior laboratory professionals. With a programme incorporating internationally renowned speakers, national experts, panel discussions and debates this stream seeks to address the issues affecting those at the very top of the profession. 

Tuesday 15 June, 09:55 - 12:25 - Optimising Laboratory Services

Optimising Laboratory Services is vital both to ensure the best possible outcomes for patient care and to best utilise scarce healthcare resource. This session will hear the latest update from the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) Programme within NHS England and the Pandemic Monitoring function developed by the Scottish Demand Optimisation programme.

Wednesday 16 June, 09:30 - 12:30 - Expansion of Pathology – an evolving workforce

The future requirements of the pathology workforce to meet the demands of a modern NHS are likely to need significant focus in the years to come, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore what that means for pathology with special focus on likely pressures facing cellular pathology and microbiology/virology.

Thursday 17 June, 09:30 - 12:30 - Recovery from COVID – How should laboratories be set up and equipped to respond to a pandemic? - Laboratory services in the aftermath of a pandemic

This session will explore how laboratory services managed to flex and function across the world during the pandemic and what this means for future services. Discussion of developments across both the UK and the USA, on how future pandemic contingency can be built in, will be considered.

Tickets can be purchased at £80 (£50 Member) per session.

Science & Education, Tuesday 15 June – Friday 18 June

Science & Education (SE) - £250 (Member £150)

Formally known as Focus, this multi-day event will contain a packed scientific programme, incorporating lectures, plenary sessions and workshops across the three-day programme.

Tuesday 15 June, 14:00 - 17:45 - Session 1: ACB Foundation Lecture Dr Julian Barth, followed by two workshops: Big data in laboratory medicine, Paediatric Biochemistry/pregnancy

ACB Foundation Lecture

14:00 -  14:45 ACB Foundation Lecture - Julian Barth

Workshop 1: Big data in laboratory Science

14:45 – 15:15 Big Data for Better Health; Are we there Yet? - Mark Lawler

15:15 - 15:45 Improving detection and prediction of AKI using digital and AI technologies - Chris Laing

15:45 - 16:15 Intelligent Algorithims for the automated assesments of derenged LFT's - Jenny Nobes

Workshop 2: Paediatric Biochemistry/pregnancy

16:15 - 16:45 Angiogenic Biomarkers in Pre-eclampsia - Manu Vatish

16:45 - 17:15 Five year review of expanded newborn screening in England - Jim Bonham

17:15 - 17:45 Impact of genomic Sequencing on Paediatric Metabolic Services - Siobhan O'Sullivan

Wednesday 16 June, 14:00 - 18:15 - Session 2: Plenary – AACC Lecture – David Grenache, followed by two workshops: Point of Care Testing, Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Practice

AACC Lecture

14:00 - 14:45 AACC Lecture: Brave or Not, the Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing World is Here. What’s the Current Landscape? - David Grenache

Workshop 1: Point of Care Testing

14:45 - 15:15 The Clinical Impact of POCT in Primary Care - Gail Hayward

15:15 - 15:45 Covid-19 point-of-care testing - Tanya Curran

15:45 - 16:15 Cardiac Biomarkers in the ED and Critical Care - to POCT or not POCT - Paul Collinson

Workshop 2: Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Practice

16:15 - 16:45 Challenges after bariatric surgery - Alex Miras

16:45 - 17:15 Renal transplant biochemistry: the essentials and beyond - Michael Delaney

17:15 - 17:45 Clinical Biochemistry of Transgender Patients - Hamish Courtney

17:45 - 18:15 New clinical uncertainty with old markers of acute inflammation and infection - Paul Dark

Thursday 17 June, 14:00 - 18:15 - Session 3: Molecular Characterization of Protein measurands: its time has come. The apolipoprotein (a) example


14:00 - 14:45 RCPATH FLYNN Lecture - Ana Maria Simundic

Workshop 1:  Laboratory Science of the future

14:45 - 15:15 Molecular Characterization of Protein measurands: its time has come. The apolipoprotein (a) example - Christa Cobbaert

15:15 - 15:45 The Human microbiome in health & disease - William Wade

15:45 - 16:15 Cancer Genomics in Clinical Practice - Davide Gonzales de Castro

16:15 - 16:45 CAR-T in clinical practice - Mahnaz Abbasian

Workshop 2: Management for the 21st century

16:45 - 17:15 Disruption in healthcare: how the laboratory can add value - Jonathan Kay

17:15 - 17:45 The Value Proposition for Laboratory Medicine - Maurice O'Kane

17:45 - 18:15 Patient Based Real Time Quality Control - Huub Van Rossum

Friday 18 June, 09:30 - 12:00 - Session 4: Clinical Cases – Clinical Cases – With Audience Participation and Voting

Clinical Cases Session - Danielle Freedman

Tickets can be purchased at £80 (£50 Member) per session.

Annual General Meeting, Friday 18 June

Annual General Meeting

Members are welcome to join us for the Annual General Meeting.

15:45 - 16:45 - Annual General Meeting, Friday 18 June

Other Sessions Included, Monday 14 June - Friday 18 June

With each ticket purchased for the UKMedLab21 the following sessions are also included.

Scholarship Update

President Welcome

Social Quiz

Closing Ceremony & Medal Awards

Full access to Posters

Full access to the Exhibition




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