NEW NHS BUSINESS FOR POINT OF CARE DIAGNOSTIC TEST

CASE STUDY- IMPLEMENTATION MANAGEMENT 

The Need

As part of a national Department of Health funded programme (iTAPP), we managed a project to identify innovative primary care practices and worked with them to implement a point of care diagnostic test that would help GPs better decide whether to refer patients for hospital examination for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) or manage the patient themselves for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Action plan

We firstly, reviewed published literature and manufacturers’ information to prepare a technology brief that would inform NHS clinicians and commissioners about the diagnostic test, its evidence base and potential benefits.

Working with NHS regional innovation leads we identified two groups of GP practices who were interested to adopt the test into their care pathway for IBS diagnosis and management.

Then, working with Commissioners, GP providers, the hospital Consultant and a hospital pathology laboratory, we

  • Prepared business case for NHS commissioners to approve funding for GPs to use the test
  • Managed the implementation to ensure the right data were captured to validate the promised benefits.

We also liaised closely with the manufacturer to organise quotation, product supply and training.

Outcomes

The test was implemented across a total of some 55 GP practices in two regions. The project also resulted in a model to enable allow other GP practices to collects the right data demonstrate value and benefit of using the test in their locality.

 “Keith is able to grasp technical medical solutions and help people to understand their value to patients. It’s as simple as that.”- Chairman of Diagnostic Test Company