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Community Diagnostic Hubs: Call for evidence and exemplars

4 May 2021
Call announced for national and international examples of community-based diagnostic services.

We are calling for national and international examples of community-based diagnostic services to help inform a new model of diagnostic service provision in England.

This call is part of the work NHS England London are undertaking, with support from UCLPartners, to inform local NHS organisations in their planning for the establishment of Community Diagnostic Hubs. This follows recommendations from an independent review into diagnostic services.

In response to the commitment made in the NHS Long Term Plan to reform diagnostic services in England’s NHS, an independent review was undertaken by Professor Sir Mike Richards, Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal, and published in October 2020.

The review sets out the case for increasing diagnostic capacity in England and for a new model of diagnostic service provision. One key recommendation is for the rapid establishment of community based diagnostic facilities – called Community Diagnostic Hubs or CDHs – to provide a range of elective diagnostic services away from acute facilities, offering quicker, easier and more convenient access to tests and relieving pressure on hospital sites.

How to submit

To inform the development of the community diagnostic hubs , we are seeking to learn from evidence and exemplar sites nationally and internationally. Further background information is provided on our Community Diagnostic Hubs overview page.

To share sharing evidence or examples, please complete this survey by 12 noon (GMT) Friday 21st May.

If you have any queries, please contact