Scottish Pathology Network (SPAN)


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Welcome to SPAN

The Scottish Pathology Network's main focus is delivering a national perspective on the development of histopathology and cervical cytology services across Scotland. It consists of all NHS pathology services in Scotland and has a representative steering group which meets 2/3 times per year.

It evolved from the previous North and East of Scotland Pathology Network (NESPAN) and the West of Scotland Network. For more information about the previous Networks read the NESPAN report: Word Document Version | PDF Version.

Dr Lee Jordan is the current Network Clinical Lead, Mr Allan Wilson is our Scientific Manager and Mrs Alley Speirs is our Programme Manager and National Services Division/National Specialist Services Liaison (see contact us for contact details).

The envisaged role of the SPAN is described as:-

'To improve pathology services by creating and developing a Scotland wide Managed Diagnostic Network (MDN) which will steer modernisation, including service change and redesign, improve quality, ensure provision of an effective pathology service which anticipates and responds to user needs, future requirements, national guidelines and meets Clinical Pathology Accreditation Standards'.

Its main lines of communication are to and from the Scottish Pathology Departments, Regional Planning Groups, Cancer Networks and Scottish Government Health Directorate. The network is administered by and is accountable to the National Services Division of the National Specialist Services NHS Board

This web site is seen as a focus for dialogue and communication across the pathology community in Scotland. If you have suggestions for content or you have pathology information which would benefit from a national perspective please get in touch.

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