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Research project: A research evaluation of the development, implementation and effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment centres (DTCs) within the NHS - Dormant - Dormant

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The study focuses on a major, and very recent, innovation in the organisation and delivery of health services in England - Diagnosis and Treatment Centres. This innovation is being developed in response to the Department of Health's proposals in the NHS Plan


We aim to:

  • Evaluate both the concept and impact of DTCs as a method for delivering health care in the NHS.
  • Identify the critical organisational and social factors associated with the success of DTCs and demonstrate

how these impact on the implementation process and its outcomes.
Explore how different types and sources of knowledge and the learning process influence the development of DTCs.


The research combines quantitative modelling with ethnographic fieldwork in a case study design that focuses on eight DTCs in England . Data are collected from all stakeholders in the DTCs and their parent Trusts through observation, documentary analysis and interviews. Findings are regularly fed back to the participating DTCs and other NHS DTCs through learning events organised by the Modernisation Agency.

Main outcomes

A description and evaluation of the introduction through to final implementation of DTCs within the NHS 

Project team

Andreé Le May

Project funder


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