Improving the Value of Diagnostic Services Award - HSJ Value Awards 2019
There is now a wide array of diagnostic services making it possible to identify and assess a patient’s condition. Imaging options such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET and x-ray sit alongside endoscopy, pathology and – increasingly – genetic testing which makes it possible for clinicians to identify those with inherited vulnerability to disease.
As diagnostic methods become more sophisticated and accurate, the demand for them is growing hugely. In medical imaging alone, activity has been growing at nearly six per cent a year for the past decade. Improving the efficiency of running these services, and therefore the value for money offered, is a pressing and crucial challenge.
This award is open to any organisation or team working in any type of diagnostic service. We are seeking to recognise work which has significantly improved the value of the service – this could be through, for instance, efforts to reduce unnecessary test requests; assessment and revision of workforce skill mix; or finding ways to use existing facilities in a more efficient way.
Any NHS organisation, partnership or private business working in the field of diagnostics which has delivered value for patients.
- Context and background to the project including an explanation of the financial, value for money and patient experience dynamics
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in diagnostic services
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
Results of the initiative including evidence the project has led to improved outcomes in diagnostic services. This should include a quantitative aspect – increased throughput, for instance. It can also include qualitative measures such as patient experience measures or staff satisfaction. Demonstrate the clear measures of value and how success was achieved.
How are the teams involved working at sharing the successes in this project with other teams in the organisation or further afield?
Clear evidence the project has improved value in diagnostic services. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
How have the providers of diagnostic services worked with internal and external partners whether that be consultants, technology or other private entities? Judges are also looking for clear and demonstrably evidence that the project has worked with patients, reliant teams and colleagues from within the organisation.