Westminster Health Forum Online Conference : Next steps for diagnostics and pathology - innovation, collaboration, standards, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Wednesday 16 September 2020

This conference will examine the key issues facing diagnostics and pathology as the sector responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Key areas for discussion:

  • How the sector and NHS services have responded to the challenges posed COVID-19 Pandemic - including by ramping up capacity and developing innovative testing solutions - and what its response means for the future of diagnostics;
  • The impact on wider diagnostics during the Pandemic - how have they responded and are continuing to respond.
  • The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill currently before parliament, which aims to develop advanced therapies and rapid diagnostics in the UK through:
    • streamlining regulation;
    • support for research and the life sciences sector; and
    • making it easier for hospitals to trial new personalised medicines.
  • The next steps for meeting the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to implement pathology networks across England by 2021, and diagnostic imaging networks by 2023;
  • the role of genomics in diagnosis, in light of the ambition to sequence 5m genomes by 2023-24;
  • The improvement on diagnostic times for cancer, with a new faster diagnostic standard to be introduced this year, and discussion on the best practices for maintaining diagnostic times during COVID-19; and
  • Rapid Diagnostic Centres being rolled out across England.


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