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Next steps for diagnostics and medical devices in England


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This conference from the Westminster Health Forum will focus on the future for diagnostics and medical devices in England - looking at developments and next steps for strategy and regulation.

The discussion takes place in the context of the upcoming MedTech strategy from DHSC, and will be an opportunity to examine priorities for improving flexibility and transparency in MedTech supply and procurement, securing value for money, and supporting the adoption of innovation in healthcare settings.

Delegates will discuss implementation of the MHRA update to the regulation of medical devices, as well as priorities for safety, assessment and contribution to better patient outcomes.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

Regulation and evaluation:

  • transition to the new medical device regulations and the updated evaluation process - implementation of the new MHRA medical device regulation
  • proportionate regulation and support for businesses - addressing capacity constraints of authorisation of Approved Bodies
  • patient access: establishing new device frameworks for supporting adoption of innovative medical technology - supporting patient access to devices currently on the market
  • the supply chain:
  • flexibility, transparency and responsiveness in the procurement and supply of medical technology
  • collaboration between healthcare providers and suppliers - engaging healthcare professionals in procurement.

Supporting the NHS:

  • workforce efficiency and earlier diagnosis - innovation in diagnostic pathways to address backlogs and wait times - improving patient outcomes and the speed of recovery
  • the role of the new community diagnostic centres - encouraging adoption of new diagnostic methods in the centres and across the NHS.


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