London IVD Co-operative is a partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. We are one of four NIHR centres in England that generate evidence to support diagnostic test development. We achieve this by developing research methods to expedite evidence generation – and by collaborating with various stakeholders to support this process. We work with clinicians to identify unmet needs for diagnostics – and we work with diagnostic test developers to explore the utility of specific tests within UK NHS settings. By facilitating the adoption of new, improved tests into clinical practice we hope to improve the quality of patient care within the NHS.
In order to work effectively, diagnostic tests must interact with a wide range of different aspects of the healthcare system, including people, technologies, and processes.
By systematically analysing diagnostics’ interactions with the healthcare system, our Lean Systems Approach for Innovation (LSAI) generates data on a wide range of factors likely to be important for the adoption of the test into clinical practice. These include the clinical utility of the test (e.g. sensitivity, specificity), user needs and preferences, aspects of test design, technology compatibility, and economic factors.
Our multidisciplinary expertise – which includes clinical, technology, human factors, and health economics – provides a unique basis for examining the range of factors that might affect the adoption and integration of new diagnostics.
Details regarding how we work with companies to support test development is included on our Industry and Innovators page.