Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership – CDC design and delivery



Attain was commissioned by Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership to:

Rapidly develop a series of Five  Case business cases for eight Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) across the ICS in order to increase diagnostic capacity and support elective recovery.

Set-up and lead a system-wide programme to establish five CDCs in year one, delivering significant additional diagnostic activity across Imaging, Endoscopy, Pathology and Physiological Measurement.

Support joint working across two adjacent Trusts to deliver an Early Adopter site, increasing diagnostic capacity through collaboration across workforce, estate, digital and operations.


What we did

Developed detailed business cases for each CDC by assessing population-need, existing estate, capital requirements, and provider’s ability to expand capacity and capability.

Established and led a system-wide programme of work offering strategic leadership, bringing together clinical and operational stakeholders, and mentoring Trust’s through the CDC development process.

Developed and led Workforce and Digital workstreams, bringing leaders together across the ICS to resolve system-wide issues.

Provided leadership and established local governance structures, in order to rapidly establish the early adopter sites.


Our impact

Established 5 CDCs with business case approval from NHSE/I to establish 2 further CDCs in-year.

Delivered over 80,000 instances of additional diagnostic activity across the CDCs in 22/23.

Tackled complex system-wide issues by; developing pay recommendations, consulting on Digital Staff Passports, analysing the system’s diagnostic workforce, and mapping digital diagnostic workflows. Working through diagnostic symptomatic pathways through the system.

Rapidly stood-up additional diagnostic activity at the joint Early Adopter site, establishing good working relationships that have helped to overcome complex operational challenges.

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