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 nalytical 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, aging 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-focussed 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 Servives
Lot 2: Procurement, Supply Chain & Commercial Consultancy Services

Delivering £3.5m in savings for South East London Pathology

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.


They are not the kind of nameless, faceless consultants who make surface level recommendations and then leave before the real work begins. They know their stuff and can make intelligent conceptual leaps – they have more than the obvious in their repertoire. If there are savings to be had and you engage properly as a client, they will tough it out with you and deliver them.

Paul Heathcote

Director of Transformation

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

White Paper on building Imaging Networks published

Following our work with NHSI/E on building Imaging Networks, we have published a White Paper. The White Paper describes how...


UK’s leading diagnostics consultancy team joins Lifecycle

The leading provider of procurement and contract management services to the NHS, Lifecycle Management Group, has acquired LTS Health, the...


Research: Contract Management in the NHS

In collaboration with Lifecycle Management Group and Liaison Financial, HCSA is pleased to announce a major piece of research into...


Lifecycle partners with Liaison Financial to deliver Contract Lifecycle Management service

Lifecycle Management Group, the leading NHS procurement and contract management organisation, have joined forces with Liaison Financial, the leading NHS...


Royal Marsden retain Lifecycle Management Group

The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has retained Lifecycle to deliver dedicated procurement and contract management services. Lifecycle will...


North Cumbria retain Lifecycle to deliver procurement savings

North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust has retained Lifecycle Management Group to deliver procurement and contract management services. Lifecycle will...


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...


After 25 years, Leaseguard has a name that reflects what we do: Lifecycle.

Leaseguard Group, leading supplier of procurement and contract management services to the NHS for more than 25 years, has rebranded...

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Diagnostics Networks. Getting the commercials right
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Building Imaging Networks: A White Paper
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Imaging Networks. Ten lessons learned from Pathology Networks
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From strategy to Full Business Case in 9 months for Black Country Partnership
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Delivering successful outsourced procurement for South East London Pathology Programme
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Developing successful business cases for Midlands STP Pathology collaboration