Improving diagnosis through the Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Project (OSSDP)
Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a simple scan (known as a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan) which measures bone density. In the UK, there have not been enough DXA scanners and in 2005 it was estimated that around 400,000 more DXA scans were needed each year in England and Wales.
Using a generous donation from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, we created the Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Programme (OSSDP) to improve access to scanners.
Following a rigorous review process, the National Osteoporosis Society awarded almost £3 million to 14 NHS organisations from the 88 applications we received. Each of these projects demonstrated that they would provide significant benefits for patients with or at risk of osteoporosis, had identified clear and measurable outcomes, demonstrated financial sustainability and were good value for money.
The Charity has worked closely with the 14 successful bids and has watched their services flourish. In just 3 years, they have carried out over 55,000 scans and made significant improvements to access, waiting times, patient care and service quality for the populations they serve. They will continue to build on this foundation, reaping benefits for patients for many years to come.
To find out more about the 14 services we supported, read our Final Report.
The National Osteoporosis Society and the 14 NHS organisations who benefited from funding through the OSSDP are indebted to the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons. Their generous support has made a significant impact on the diagnosis and care of people with osteoporosis.