HSJ Awards 2024 - Modernising Diagnostics Award
Modernising Diagnostics Award

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.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the modernisation project - what was the vision and how was this new or different from existing best practice?
  • Detail the targets and/or measures of success that were set, both quantitative or qualitative
  • Discuss any partnership or cross-functional working required to realise the vision


  • Describe any direct short and long-term financial impacts of the project
  • Provide specific examples of any new processes, roles, technologies, or ways of working that have been implemented
  • How has the project led to improved efficiencies and turnaround times for diagnostic services across the organisation or system?
  • Evidence how the project has improved patient care, experience and/or outcomes. This must have a quantitative aspect but can include qualitative feedback as well.


  • How has this initiative been rolled out across your organisation or system?
  • Evidence any efforts made to share your best practice examples with others in the NHS
  • Discuss the potential for this project to deliver positive outcomes elsewhere


  • Share how the project feeds into the wider mission for prevention and early intervention across your system
  • How has population health and the patient experience improved?
  • What has been the impact on staff capacity and experience?
  • Describe how all the above have contributed to value for money


  • Detail the different NHS teams or organisations involved in the project, and how they each contributed to its overall success
  • Describe the planning and consultation undertaken with staff, patients, affected population and organisation in the development and design of the project
  • How have the teams involved worked with vendor or private sector partners to deliver results?

To find out more

Entries, attendance and sponsorship enquiries, contact Luke Adeniran 0203 004 5713;
Media and marketing enquiries, contact Honey de Gracia 0207 608 9002;
Judging and event management, contact Sheena Patel 0207 608 9039