Upcoming events

Bowel Cancer UK
NCCNN Colorectal Cancer Study Day

13 September 2019  

Bowel Cancer UK

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Are you attending this key event in the BCUK training calendar, which provides a forum for expert knowledge, best practice development and information sharing for primary and secondary healthcare professionals? If so, come and speak to us about our solution for FIT stool testing, the HM-JACKarc system, which offers fully automated testing and simple, hygienic sample collection for patients.

IBMS Congress

22-25 September 2019       Stand #126

ICC, Birmingham

IBMS-2019With a long tradition in providing diagnostics for digestive health management, Alpha Laboratories invites IBMS Congress visitors to stand No. 126 to discuss the innovative products that are now available for this patient-pathway.

On stand 126, Alpha Laboratories will showcase unique solutions that bring clinical patient benefits as well as functional and cost saving improvements. Whether that’s through routine blood analysis, specialist faecal immunochemical tests, calprotectin or microbiology assays. You can also find out about our range of controls, standards and calibrators that help support your ISO 15189 accreditation.

NICE have reviewed Faecal Haemoglobin testing using FIT to triage patients with low risk of colorectal cancers. Come and discuss how your clinic can benefit from the HM-JACKarc system. There are a number of hospitals in the UK now using this technology with a cut-off of 10µgHb/g faeces, which has a high NPV for cancer (100%) and other serious bowel disease (94%), making it an effective method of reducing colonoscopy referrals.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss evaluations in your clinic or hospital so please come and talk to us.

FIT Seminars

Alpha Laboratories has many years of experience with faecal occult blood testing and our experts can help support you in establishing a FIT service.
We provide education, product demonstrations and logistics solutions through our FIT seminars. You and your colleagues can get a full understanding of the changing methodologies for faecal occult blood testing with a FREE on-site seminar from Alpha Laboratories’ technical specialist. Seminars are held on-site at your institute premises at a time and venue which is convenient to you, and will take around one hour. All you need is a group of colleagues who are interested in attending.

What you will learn about:

  • The clinical benefits of FIT
  • Evidence for FIT in symptomatic testing
  • Data from recent studies
  • FIT patient pathways
  • Different quantitative FIT systems
  • Sample collection for FIT tests

Please contact us today for more information and to book your seminar
FIT Seminar

Past Events

Over recent years we have run a number of popular workshops and seminars discussing the development of faecal immunochemical testing and the growing evidence for its benefits in detecting bowel disease. See below for video recordings of presentations from experts in the field plus Q and A sessions with the audience.

ACB Focus, 2018

ACB Focus, Alpha Laboratories sponsored a workshop: ‘FIT to Practice?’ which was chaired by Professor Callum Fraser and presented by Nigel D’Souza and Sally Benton.

Nigel D’Souza presented preliminary data on the NICE FIT study which aims to recruit 5,500 patients from London, to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FIT particularly in diverse populations. In tandem with this, the study aims to better understand the limitations of FIT and recognise the potential effects of indiscriminate use. With the announcement of NICE DG30 in July 2017, the NICE FIT study has grown significantly and begun to recruit patients in non-London hospitals: it is anticipated this additional data will provide NHS England a stronger evidence based against which to make future recommendations. The testing is done by Sally Benton, Director of the Southern Bowel Cancer Screening Hub, and her team, who are conducting research into the analytical side of FIT.

‘FIT to Practice?’ Workshop – ACB Focus – 7th June 2018
Q&A Session ‘FIT to Practice?’ – ACB Focus – 7th June 2018

Digestive Diseases Day, 2017

On the 15th November 2017, Alpha Laboratories held a Digestive Diseases Day workshop. This educational day brought together experts in the field to discuss recent advances in clinical diagnostics for gastroenterology, with the morning sessions covering symptomatic FIT, the newly published NICE DG30 Guidance and the FIT Patient Pathway. You can watch these presentations below.

FIT in the symptomatic Patient; NICE DG30 Guidance – Sally C Benton
FIT Negative Follow up – Dr James Turvill
FIT to practice? – Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam

How do your methods of testing compare?

Clinical scientists attending the workshop were surveyed regarding the Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) assays performed in their laboratories. These questions related to the topics that were covered by the speakers. Click the link below to see the results.

View the results of the FIT survey

ACB Focus, 2017

ACB Focus, 2016

FIT in the Symptomatic – Putting Theory into Practice at ACB Focus 2017
FIT in the Symptomatic – ACB Focus 2017 Q&A
The NICE NG12 Guideline –
A FIT Outcome: ACB Focus 2016
FIT Testing – Questions arising from the introduction of NICE NG12 Guideline