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Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Project (OSSDP)

Improving DXA Services in England and Wales

The National Osteoporosis Society has awarded over £2.6 million to 14 NHS trusts across England and Wales to develop DXA scanning services. Each of the successful bids, selected from 88 applications, will greatly improve services in their area for people at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Using a generous donation from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons made in 2006, the project initially planned to improve services by providing mobile scanning units in areas where patients had to travel considerable distances to their nearest DXA scanner. However, work completed during the early stages of the project suggested that some government investment in DXA had been used to commission mobile scanning services from private providers. 

As the project aimed to work in partnership with the NHS, the focus of the project changed and the Osteoporosis Scanning Services Development Programme (OSSDP) was created to allow individual services to request funds to help them to meet specific local requirements. 

Bids for funding were invited to help improve DXA scanning services in hospitals.  As part of the approval process, support of the local Primary Care Trust was required to ensure continuity of service provision once the initial grant had elapsed. 

For a summary of each of the 14 successful bids, please click here.

One year on, the OSSDP Annual Interim Report 2008-09 celebrates the achievements made by each of the projects, reflects on the challenges they have faced and explores their next steps.

You can download the OSSDP Annual Interim Report 2008-09 by clicking here.

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

We are very grateful to the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for their generous donation and believe that it will help us to make significant improvements in the provision of diagnostic services for people with and at risk of osteoporosis.

Founded in 1856, the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales is the third largest order in Freemasonry in England.  The organisation has donated over £8.5 million to worthy causes since the Mark Benevolent Fund was founded in 1868.  This donation is the largest in its history.

Further information

For further information on the project please contact Anne Thurston.


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