Member organisations have identified diagnostics and imaging capacity and capability as a key challenge. There are significant opportunities to work collaboratively across the region with commissioners, providers and industry to co-create solutions to the current challenges.
Current challenges relate to commissioning of services, capacity and capability, variation in pathways and quality, inconsistence in delivery and data-sharing; duplication of tests, sustainable workforce, barriers to implementation of new innovations and supporting behaviour change.
There is a need to improve access to, and productivity of diagnostic services across the region. The reason this is important is to ensure the NHS is able to meet and better manage increasing demand. A key part of this is ensuring timely access to diagnostics services in a way that directly impacts upon patient management to improve outcomes.
There is a commitment from existing networks to engage with this programme of work, experts from across the region attend steering group meetings which are supported by three task and finish groups (North of England Symposium Event; Demand Optimisation; Technology Implementation) with a focus on:
- Delivery of a North of England Diagnostics Symposium Event. Click here to see the Diagnostic Symposium Event Report.
- Supporting the development and implementation of a new Radiology model
- Implementation of new technologies
• Hosted a Diagnostics Symposium event, click here to see the report.
• Conducted a review of radiological services across Yorkshire and the Humber click here to view the review.
• Produce a networked radiology model which supports improved sustainability and effectiveness of the diagnostics and imaging capacity and capability across the region (MRI/CT)
• Create an ‘Implementing Technology toolkit’ for commissioning; implementation and evaluation of a new/existing technology
• Identification of committed organisations ready to implement the technology