*Programme subject to change
SESSION 1 – BARRIERS TO ADOPTION
Chair: Scott Buckler, Conference Director
Panelist: Doris-Ann Williams MBE, Chief Executive, BIVDA
Panelist: Sarah Byron, Technical Advisor, Diagnostics Assessment Programme, NICE
Panelist: Professor Gail Hayward, Deputy Director of the CH-MIC
Panelist: Stephen Lynn, Business Manager, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC)
SESSION 2 – EVALUATING DATA, ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY
The NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and IVD Co-operative (CH-MIC) supports the generation of robust evidence for the performance of diagnostics in community settings.
The CH-MIC also engages with developers at an early (pre-CE marking) stage to help ensure that new technologies are fit for purpose in the community.
During this short workshop, Professor Gail Hayward, Deputy Director of the CH-MIC, will provide a short overview of the evidence cycle for the comprehensive evaluation of diagnostic tests.
Attendees will then divide into groups with MIC facilitators to discuss the further evaluation (ie what is needed, and how should it best be achieved) of case studies of diagnostic tests at different stages of development.
On conclusion, groups will reconvene to discuss general learnings and will have the opportunity to register their interest with CH-MIC staff for offline discussions around their own diagnostic evidence generation needs.
Speaker: Professor Gail Hayward, Deputy Director of the CH-MIC – Confirmed
SESSION 3 – DIAGNOSTICS IN ACTION
Influenza point of care testing in Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust was introduced in 2017/18.
Previous testing involved transporting samples to a neighbouring teaching hospital.
Following its introduction, those patients with a positive flu test received two fewer days of antibiotics, from 6 to 4 days (median).
A further reduction to 2 days of antibiotics was demonstrated in the second year of point of care testing. Improvements were also seen in infection control, as patients could be isolated more quickly.
The initiative demonstrates the value of influenza point of care testing methods.
Speaker: Christine Cruise, Head of Infection Control, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – Confirmed