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Community Treatment Centres

    The current healthcare landscape is focused on growing diagnostic capacity in order to reduce backlogs across England, exacerbated by the recent pandemic and backed by a £2.3billion1 investment from government to realise Community Diagnostic Centres (CDC). CDCs represent an important first step in the shift to out of hospital care, providing access to “right first time” diagnostic services, closer to patients' homes.


    Whilst CDCs will help to tackle and reduce diagnostic backlogs, it is also essential to focus on the impact that waiting lists are having on treatment backlogs.

    Increasing treatment backlogs


    In written evidence submitted by The NHS Confederation (CB0058) to parliament, the NHS Confederation2 and the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimate that treatment waiting lists could rise to 13 million3.


    The British Medical Association has estimated that even if the NHS were to run at 110 per cent of its pre-COVID-19 capacity, it could take up to five years to reduce the backlog of elective care in England back down to (already high) 2019 levels4.


    In order to start to address current treatment backlogs and plan for future waves, a similar CDC community-based model for low acuity, high volume treatments, represents a clear opportunity to restructure interventional ways of working.

    What are Community Treatment Centres (CTC)


    Community Treatment Centres (CTC) are often referred to around the world as office-based labs (OBL) or ambulatory surgery centres (ASC), and are key to transforming current models of elective care delivery. 


    Presently CTCs do not exist within the NHS, yet have the ability to move routine procedures out of hospital, freeing up space to focus on complex procedures, streamlining in-hospital processes, potentially increasing patient and staff satisfaction and enabling lower cost of care.


    CTC based procedures could include (but not limited to):

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    Pacemaker and ICD box changes

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    Lower limb vascular diagnostics and intervention

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    Contrast stress echoes

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    Pre-procedural screening to assess aortic valve functions

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    Loop recorder implants (ILRs)

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    Other routine procedures (including heart failure quantification and screening)

    Through re-directing the above procedures to out-of-hospital environments and away from traditional in-hospital settings, CTCs have the ability to relieve pressures on care providers, whilst improving patient experience through fewer journeys, enabling easier access and establishing earlier diagnosis and treatment.

    Partnering to realise Community Treatment Centres


    Philips partners with NHS and independent sector providers to accelerate growth of local treatment centres out of existing hospital environments, through providing infrastructure, world-class technologies, integrated information systems and enabling solutions which drive clinical, patient and staff experiential, operational and financial outcomes.

    Click below to visualise how partnering with Philips can bring your out-of-hospital treatment centre to life.

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    3. Could NHS waiting lists really reach 13 million? George Stoye, Max Warner and Ben Zaranko, August 2021, Institute for Fiscal Studies

    4. NHS Digital (2021) NHS Vacancy Statistics England April 2015-June 2021, which details all vacancy-related data provided for the NHS in England and sourced from NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Jobs, Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and Trac Recruitment Management Software (Trac), with vacancy defined as "a post that is unfilled by permanent or fixed-term staff“:

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