Meeting demand: the changing picture of diagnostics

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Sir Mike Richards’ review of diagnostics, Diagnostics: recovery and renewal, which was commissioned in response to recommendations in  the NHS Long-Term Plan, outlined a new diagnostic model for services.

The review identified key enablers to drive and deliver much needed to change to optimise diagnostic capacity and improve efficiency, along with the need for a major expansion of the workforce and improved connectivity and digitisation across all aspects of diagnostics. 

Demand for almost all aspects of diagnostics has been rising year on year. The public’s familiarisation with swab testing and testing closer to home through the Covid-19 has provided a strong launch pad to change the approach to diagnostics in response to this rising demand 

This event will explore what can be learnt from the NHS reponse to Covid-19, how partners are working to reshape diagnostic pathways through community diagnostic centres, point-of-care testing and increasing workforce capability and capacity.

Event topics

Leaders and experts from across the NHS, academia and the life sciences industry will gather to explore how to build a more sustainable diagnostic sector. The event will: 

  • consider how to plan and map local diagnostic services to address unmet need 
  • discuss how to use community assets to redefine the diagnostic model 
  • explore how to embed point-of-care testing and remote monitoring effectively and at scale 
  • discuss the role of primary care in diagnostic pathways 
  • consider how to establish community diagnostic hubs to address unmet health needs and widen access to diagnostics.

Sponsorship and exhibition

If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email Rebecca Gorringe at r.gorringe@kingsfund.org.uk.

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Confirmed speakers

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Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chair, Independent Review of Diagnostic Services for NHS England; NHS’ first cancer director; and former CQC chief inspector of hospitals

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Danielle Jefferies

Analyst, The King’s Fund

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Professor Erika Denton

Medical Director, Honorary Professor of Radiology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Chris Sleight

Chair of the Collaborative Imaging Board, Programme Director for Greater Manchester Imaging Network, and Greater Manchester Programme for Diagnostic

Charlotte Wickens

Charlotte Wickens

Policy Advisor, The King’s Fund

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Bob Kirton

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Delivery Officer, Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashleigh Boreham

Deputy Director Design and Transformation, Community Diagnostics, Health Villages, Dorset Innovation Hub – Determinants of Health

Professor Wendy Reid

Medical Director, Health Education England

Professor Jo Martin CBE

Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London & National Specialty Advisor for Pathology NHS England and Improvement The Royal London Hospital

Haval Ozgun

Network Lead – POCT Manager, NHS South West London Pathology

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Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

Doris-Ann Williams

Chief Executive, BIVDA

Julie Hart

Diagnostics Pathway Transformation Specialist, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Alex Pinches

Head of Community Diagnostic Centres, NHS England

Programme

Wednesday 16 November

Breakout sessions

During sessions two and three, you will be able to choose to take part in two of the six breakouts during the day. There is no need to register in advance.

10.00-11.15am

Session one: The vision for the England’s diagnostic sector

10.00amWelcome and introduction

10.10amKeynote address

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How will delivering the vision for England’s diagnostic sector reshape the delivery of care and improve wider health and care outcomes?

In this session, you will: 

  • hear how the opportunity to revolutionise the England’s diagnostic sector is set to become a reality. 
  • gain an understanding of how the changes will help reshape pathways and services 
  • explore the role of institutions, the public and private sectors, and academia in delivering a new approach to diagnostic delivery. 

Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chair, Independent Review of Diagnostic Services for NHS England; NHS’ first cancer director; and former CQC chief inspector of hospitals 

10.30amPanel discussion

Delivering the vision for diagnostics – learning from the NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic

In this session, you will: 

  • hear how an evaluation of how Covid-19 testing roll-out can be used as a blueprint to expand capacity for testing nationwide 
  • explore the key learnings from Lighthouse lab infrastructure delivery developments 
  • discuss how to use community assets to redefine the diagnostic model. 

10.55amQuestions and discussion

11.15-11.45am

Networking break and meet the exhibitors

11.45am-1.00pm

Session two: Breakout sessions

Delegates can choose to attend one of the following three parallel sessions:

A: Reducing health inequalities – improving access to diagnostic services 
B: Delivering better care – establishing community diagnostic hubs to address unmet health needs
C: More details to follow shortly

A: Reducing health inequalities – improving access to diagnostic services

11.45amWelcome and introduction

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Danielle Jefferies, Analyst, The King’s Fund

11.50amImproving access and reducing inequalities in diagnostic services

The pandemic has underlined the importance of engaging with community groups, as well as introducing an opportunity to bring diagnostic testing closer to home.  

In this session, you will: 

  • discuss how to identify the unmet needs of communities 
  • explore how to plan and map local diagnostic services to address unmet need 
  • hear case studies of effective community engagement to build trust and strengthen community diagnosis across harder-to-reach groups. 

Professor Erika Denton, Medical Director, Honorary Professor of Radiology, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 

Chris Sleight, Chair of the Collaborative Imaging Board, Programme Director for Greater Manchester Imaging Network, and Greater Manchester Programme Director for Diagnostics

12.35pmQuestions and discussions

B: Delivering better care – establishing community diagnostic hubs to address unmet health needs

11.45amWelcome and introduction

Charlotte Wickens

Charlotte Wickens, Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund

11.50amEstablishing community diagnostic hubs to address unmet health needs and widen access to diagnostics

Community diagnostic hubs have already delivered more than 700,000 tests (April 2022). With plans for 160 hubs to be up and running by 2025, in this session, you will: 

  • hear an evaluation of the different models of hub  
  • explore how to co-create hubs that meet the longer-term needs of the wider health economy 
  • consider how pathways can be redesigned to better align with patient need in a local setting. 

Bob Kirton, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Delivery Officer, Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ashleigh Boreham, Deputy Director Design and Transformation (Community Diagnostics, Health Villages, Dorset Innovation Hub, Determinants of Health), Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Alex Pinches, Head of Community Diagnostic Centres, NHS England   

12.35pmQuestions and discussion

C: More details to follow shortly

11.45amWelcome and introduction

11.50amMain discussion

More details to follow shortly

12.35pmQuestions and discussion

1.00-2.00pm

Lunch and meet the exhibitors

2.00-3.15pm

Session three: Breakout sessions

Delegates can choose to attend one of the following three parallel sessions:

D: Scaling up – developing workforce capacity and capability 
E: Evolving existing pathways to enable point-of-care testing and testing at home
F: More details to follow shortly

D: Scaling up – developing workforce capacity and capability

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmScaling up: Developing workforce capacity and capability

Sir Mike Richards’ review, Diagnostics: recovery and renewal, outlined the need to increase recruitment and training across the diagnostic workforce, while acknowledging how well staff responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by delivering service flexibly. This model of working presents a unique opportunity to think differently about how diagnostic services can be delivered. In this session, you will: 

  • hear case studies of how service delivery has made the best use of specialist workforce across localities 
  • discuss the role of primary care in diagnostic pathways 
  • explore the challenges and solutions around expanding workforce capacity and capability. 

Professor Wendy Reid, Medical Director, Health Education England 
Professor Jo Martin CBE, Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London, and National Specialty Advisor for Pathology NHS England and Improvement, The Royal London Hospital 

2.45pmQuestions and discussion

E: Evolving existing pathways to enable point-of-care testing and testing at home

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmEvolving existing pathways to enable point-of-care testing and testing at home

The pandemic accelerated the uptake of point-of-care testing and testing at home as the public became increasingly comfortable with administering swab tests. Point-of-care testing presents a significant opportunity to tackle diagnostic waiting times and strengthen community diagnosis. In this session, you will: 

  • consider which pathways can be disrupted and redesigned through point-of-care testing and testing at home 
  • identify the challenges and solutions to deliver point-of-care testing and testing at home  
  • explore how to adopt and embed point-of care testing and remote monitoring at scale. 

Haval Ozgun, Network Lead, and Point-of-care Testing Manager, NHS South West London Pathology 

2.45pmQuestions and discussion

F: More details to follow shortly

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmMain discussion

More details to follow shortly.

2.45pmQuestions and discussion

3.15-3.45pm

Networking break and meet the exhibitors

3.45-5.00pm

Session four: Looking ahead

3.45pmWelcome back

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Richard Murray, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund 

3.50pmWhat could game-changing innovation mean for the future of diagnostic delivery?

With a number of test pilots taking place nationwide, there is signficant opportunity for innovation to reshape the future of diagnostics. In this session, you will hear: 

  • initial findings of pioneering work. 
  • what innovation means for the future shape of diagnostics 

4.10pmPanel discussion

The future of diagnostics

Taking a forward look at the evolving diagnostics landscape, in this panel session you will: 

  • hear about the widespread adoption of new diagnostics to reduce waiting times and diagnostic backlogs 
  • explore how the Accelerated Access Collaborative will enable uptake of innovation. 
  • discuss the role integrated care systems can play in leading and speeding up adoption of innovation. 

Doris-Ann Williams, Chief Executive, BIVDA 
Julie Hart, Diagnostics Pathway Transformation Specialist, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

4.35pmQuestions and discussion

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