New CIMR Research in Brief video: Dr Peter Ross on the impact of the Covid pandemic on NHS PET-CT scanning

Dr. Peter Ross is an associate lecturer and researcher at the department of management, Birkbeck, University of London, and a visiting lecturer at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China. Dr. Ross likes using mixed methods in research, and he is interested in health care management, specifically on topics such as quality improvements, worker engagement, performance, and innovation adoption.

In this short interview, Dr. Ross introduces us to his recent research about how the first wave of the Covid-19 in 2020 impacted NHS England’s PET-CT Scanning, a cancer diagnosis method. This is a collaborative study working with researchers from University College London, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and NHS England. The study’s data revealed a 32% decrease in the number of people presenting for PET-CT scanning during April of the first lockdown period in England. However, interestingly, there was no proof to indicate that the fall in PET-CT scanning activity was related to the inability of NHS hospitals and scanning centers to deliver the service. The paper indicated that the change in the figure was caused by a sharp drop in the demand during the pandemic.