The Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative (YIC) is a transformation programme across the six WYAAT Trusts and three regional partner Trusts (Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust, North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), enabled by technology. It will provide a joined up radiology service across the hospitals that is responsive to the needs of patients. By adopting a common imaging platform and working together, we can deliver on-demand availability of patient images and reports at the point of care.
The Programme is split into two parts; Technology and Transformation. The Technology Programme comprises 40 projects to migrate from existing radiology picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) to one, joined-up system, reducing variation and standardising pathways. These projects will help to develop a new way of working which will be more effective and more efficient. The Transformation Programme will enable connectivity of all the YIC trusts, to allow for image and workflow sharing.
The Committee in Common approved the Transformation Programme Case for Change in August 2017. Radiology staff across YIC were invited to take part in workshops to address common ways of working, more efficient processes and how shared core services would work. The workshops were extremely well supported by all of the hospitals and generated a wide range of ideas for improved ways of working; some of which are now key workstreams within the Programme.
The workshops were extremely well supported by all of the hospitals and generated a wide range of ideas for improved ways of working; some of which are now key workstreams within the Programme.
Clinicians across the trusts are now getting together on a regular basis to form Special Interest Groups, which will look to standardise pathways, protocols and policies across the collaborative.
The YIC was allocated £6.1m capital funding to connect PACS across WY&H and to develop new ways of working and image reporting across the WYAAT hospitals.
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In addition to the six WYAAT hospitals, Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative includes Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.