Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator

Using innovative technology to improve diagnosis and treatment is a key driver for the NHS.  In vitro diagnostics (IVD) and medical devices will play an increasing role in caring for an ageing population with high levels of chronic disease.  Innovative models of healthcare will also help to increase the efficiency of services and allow stretched NHS budgets to go further.

The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator (DiTA) has been created to catalyse evidence generation for commercial IVDs and medtech through delivering:


We will harness the expertise within our team and our networks to rapidly identify the optimum solutions to meet the needs of our patients; our partners from industry, healthcare and academia; and the wider NHS.

Match making

Having identified and prioritised the key research questions, DiTA can convene the teams of all relevant stakeholders to efficiently achieve shared goals with our collaborators. Drawing on our partnerships with established networks, these teams may be local (within MFT), regional (across Greater Manchester), national or international.


We offer access to individuals with a wide range of expertise including patient and public involvement, multi-centre clinical trials, systematic reviews, health economics, biostatistics, decision analytics, qualitative research methods.


When the clinical and cost-effectiveness of new technologies has been adequately demonstrated, our patients and the NHS must be able to rapidly benefit from their implementation in practice. DiTA will work to overcome important barriers to clinical implementation.


The bespoke solutions that we identify in collaboration with our industry partners may involve working to achieve regulatory approval, NICE recommendations and commissioning decisions. DiTA will also enhance the dissemination of research findings and will provide education for key stakeholders in the commissioning process.

As part of MFT, DiTA has access to many of the UK’s leading clinicians and academics, large patient cohorts plus the resources of a world-class research and innovation team.

As part of Health Innovation Manchester, our strong links with collaborators across Greater Manchester enable us to reach a population of 2.8 million – caring for both adults and children across nine hospitals plus community services. DiTA is also partnered with numerous national networks, enabling us to rapidly prioritise, design and deliver both small- and large-scale clinical evaluations of new technologies.

Get in touch

If you have a potential project for DiTA, please fill in the relevant form below, or contact Dr Katherine Boylan for an initial discussion.

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