WEBINAR 22nd March: REGISTER – Community Diagnostic Centres Next Steps: 2022 – 2025 with Alexandra Pinches, NHS England

Join Alexandra Pinches, Head of the Community Diagnostic Centre Programme for NHS England, and Philippa Slinger, former NHS Chief Executive, on 22nd March 1pm – 2pm.

Q&A webinar with Alexandra Pinches, NHS England

22nd March 2022 | 1-2pm

Following on from our first healthcare webinar with Ashleigh Boreham, Deputy Director of Design and Transformation at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, and Jaime Bishop, Co-Founder of Fleet Architects which discussed the innovative Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) in Poole, Alexandra Pinches and Philippa Slinger will discuss the strategic case for setting up a Community Diagnostic Centre.

The presentation will discuss current progress and how to access support for local initiatives. Areas of discussion will include: how to apply for CDC funding, presenting the case, procurement routes and ensuring for compliance. The session will include an audience Q&A with Alexandra, giving CDC leads the opportunity to ask questions.

Click here to register for the webinar on Tuesday 22nd March 1pm-2pm.

The strategic case for CDCs

Long before the recent pandemic, high streets across the country have been in a gradual stage of decline with many high street retailers closing stores and leaving behind large empty premises that result in a reduction of footfall for neighbouring businesses, leading to further decline and an unwanted social outcome.

On the other side of cities and towns, and in typically less central locations, hospitals are already full to capacity with little or no means to physically expand, leading to ever-growing waiting lists.

Reducing patient waiting lists

In October last year, the government announced that patients will benefit from earlier diagnostic tests with 40 new Community Diagnostic Centres across England due to be set up by March 2022.

These new one-stop-shops for checks, scans and tests are backed by a £350 million investment from the government to provide around 2.8 million scans in the first full year of operation.

The diagnostic centre programme will help to achieve:

  • Earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostic tests needed to understand patients’ symptoms including breathlessness, cancer, ophthalmology.
  • A reduction in hospital visits which will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • A reduction in waits by diverting patients away from hospitals, allowing them to treat urgent patients, while the CDCs focus on tackling patient backlogs.
  • A contribution to the NHS’s net zero ambitions by providing multiple tests at one visit, reducing the number of patient journeys and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution.

GPs will be able to refer their patients to a diagnostic hub so they can access life-saving checks closer to home and be diagnosed for a range of conditions, rather than travelling to hospital.

Commenting on the announcement last year, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, said:

“Tackling waiting lists will require new and more innovative ways of delivering the services people need. That is why we’re making it easier and more convenient to get checked.


“Our new Community Diagnostic Centres will bring those crucial tests closer to home including in the communities that need them most. They will help enable earlier diagnosis, allowing us to catch cancer and other issues as quickly as possible, and save more lives.”

Professor Sir Mike Richards, the first NHS national cancer director who recommended the changes, said:

“The pandemic brought into sharper focus the need to overhaul the way we deliver diagnostic services and so I am absolutely delighted to see one of the key recommendations of my report becoming a reality for patients so quickly.


“I have no doubt that many people will benefit from these new NHS community diagnostic centres, bringing together many tests in one convenient place.”

Alexandra Pinches, who has a significant operational background and is now Head of CDC Programme for NHS England, will use this webinar to talk through how CDCs are set up, the funding options, how to present a strategic case as well as procurement and compliance.

To find out more about the CDCs launching this year and their strategic outline cases, visit the Department for Health and Social Care website.

Health on the High Street™

As a dedicated NHS construction company, Health Spaces have supported NHS Trusts across the UK to create clinical spaces in vacant retail and light industrial buildings.

Health on the High Street™ offers a very simple solution to solve two high-profile social and economical issues: helping to alleviate hospital pressures and waiting times while bringing footfall and life back to ailing high streets.

Health Spaces offer NHS Trusts an operating lease of fully fitted, fully compliant, multi-purpose clinical spaces in high street locations throughout the UK. This is a fast-track and cost-effective way of upscaling capacity, and is proving a popular way of tackling growing RTT waiting times in elective care.

The Health on the High Street™ model is also an excellent solution for accommodating community diagnostic hubs in the region.

Find out more at health-spaces.com.

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