11 years’ experience shaping the future of NHS diagnostic services

The Lifecycle consulting team brings a wealth of diagnostics experience and have worked to shape the future of diagnostic services in England and across the globe for more than a decade. Whether you’re building an imaging network, transforming delivery of your pathology services or managing outsourced contracts, the team has the experience to deliver results.

Pathology transformation

Services that are fit for the future.

With a continous drive towards further integration and consolidation, pathology departments have to define new ways of working. Closer integration with primary care services, development of new and novel analytical technologies and the changing information landscape will further shape the way that services are delivered to clinical teams and patients.

Imaging transformation

Growing demand in a resource constrained environment.

Demand on imaging services continues to grow much faster than capacity can be added. In addition, ageing scanners are putting even more pressure on already strained departments. These problems cannot be solved through training, investment or process improvement alone, but needs an integrated, quality-focused improvement approach.

Pathology has been an ongoing programme for NHS England with limited success being achieved in the last 10 years. In 2016, Chris and his team were instrumental in the design and initiation of launching the new 29 Pathology networks. This project has injected much needed pace in our consolidation efforts and is making great progress nationally.

David Wells - Head of Pathology Consolidation
NHS England and NHS Improvement

The Lifecycle team has an unparalleled knowledge of diagnostics and has been able to guide the team through the development of our procurement strategy and clinical specification development for a future-proof service.

David Lawson - South East London Pathology Programme Procurement

A holistic approach

Diagnostics is a highly complex, integrated system of knowledge, technology and people that require specific skills and expertise to drive change forward. By combining our skills and experince with the rich data sources within diagnostic departments and by working closely with Trust teams, we are able to deliver change quickly and effectively.

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Imaging Networks. Establishing sustainable commercial and financial partnerships

We’ve developed a White Paper on how to build an Imaging Network. Drawing on our experience in building Pathology Networks, the White Paper covers:

· The key steps in building your Imaging Network
· The lessons learned from Pathology Networks
· The commercial models you’ll need to consider

Acquiring our services via the MCF framework

Lifecycle has been awarded a place on two lots on the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Management Consultancy Framework Two (MCF2): Clients are able to acquire our services via either lot:
Lot 1: Business Consultancy Services
Lot 2: Procurement, Supply Chain & Commercial Consultancy Services

Delivering successful outsourced procurement for South East London Pathology Programme

South East London Pathology needed to build a Pathology network with partner Trusts to drive transformation and meet the requirements of the NHSe and NHSi transformation strategy. Over two years, we helped them drive the process and deliver the right results.


When selecting our preferred pathology partner, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust was faced with the unique challenge of having to decide between different NHS network options outside our local care system and a local private provider. Chris’ unique understanding of Pathology laboratories, the London Pathology market and the NHSI national consolidation programme, helped us navigate through this difficult decision-making process. The highly commended work completed by him and his team has led to us now being in the final stages of forming an ambitious partnership with Barts Health and Homerton University Hospital.

Ben Maguire

Head of Business Development

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust


White Paper on building Imaging Networks published

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Royal Marsden retain Lifecycle Management Group

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North Cumbria retain Lifecycle to deliver procurement savings

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Chelsea and Westminster retain Lifecycle Management Group Ltd

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has retained Lifecycle to deliver dedicated procurement and contract management services. Lifecycle will...


New framework delivers lowest whole-life costs for Leasing

Lifecycle Management Group are pleased to announce the launch of a new, compliant framework for leasing services. Working with our...


Sir David Nicholson joins board of Lifecycle following major restructuring

Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE, former Chief Executive of the NHS, has joined the board of Lifecycle Management Group, a...


Lifecycle partners with Mills and Reeve to develop free Regulation 84 portal

Lifecycle Management Group Ltd has partnered with Mills & Reeve LLP, the leading public-sector procurement lawyers, to develop a free...



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Managing the post Covid-19 diagnostics Tsanami
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Building Imaging Networks: A White Paper
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Imaging Networks. Ten lessons learned from Pathology Networks

Case Studies

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Delivering an OBC and FBC for the East & South East London Pathology Partnership in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Developing successful business cases for Midlands STP Pathology collaboration
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Delivering successful outsourced procurement for South East London Pathology Programme