The 2020 review of diagnostic services led by Professor Sir Mike Richards heavily focused on providing more services in the community, which would require new models of care, better equipment, and investment in both workforce and digitisation. Despite the pandemic, significant progress has been made since then to modernise services. The advent of imaging and pathology networks, the rise of the Community Diagnostic Centre, and significant investment from the centre in upgrading existing technology and infrastructure are all creating opportunities for efficiency gains, improved patient experience and better clinical outcomes.
This category recognises teams and projects who have made real progress in transforming diagnostic services, providing increased capacity, accessibility, and faster turnaround to improve care. These could be at a trust or local community level, or system-wide initiatives: no matter the scale, the importance is that patients ultimately derive benefit.
All providers of NHS services across acute, mental health. primary and community care are welcome to enter. Judges particularly welcome NHS-led collaborations across multiple system partners.