Every year over 16 million diagnostic tests are carried out across the NHS. This money will fund research that looks at the way a number of different diseases are diagnosed, so patients can access the best available treatments more quickly.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will share the funding across four NHS organisations in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Oxford. These places will become national centres of expertise called NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives.
Dr Matthew Thompson, Director of Oxford Centre for Monitoring and Diagnosis, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford commented: "We are delighted that the NIHR has selected Oxford as the site that will pioneer research and development into new diagnostic tests in primary care. Together with our partners, which include Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, we will bring together the diagnostics industry, frontline clinicians, and researchers to produce new evidence to show which new tests should be used in the NHS. The funding announced by the NIHR will position our Centre as a national resource for diagnostic testing in NHS primary care."