Deloitte’s role in the testing programme

Helping to build one of the largest diagnostics networks in UK history

Over the past 10 months our people and partners have been working with the Government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing expertise in digital technology, procurement, supply chain, logistics, real estate and project management. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done to help grow the testing programme into what it is today. To give just one example, as the pandemic began, 2,000 people could be tested in the UK each day, using just swab tests. Now, working with a group of partners across Government, the NHS and private sector, we’ve helped build a system that can test 750,000 people daily using PCR and rapid tests.

A project of such importance, as well as size and scale, is rightly under a great deal of scrutiny. In order to provide some context on the work we do, the expertise we bring and the impact our people have made on the programme, we have outlined some key information about our work to date.

The Testing programme in numbers

Deloitte is one of many  private and public sector organisations contributing to the programme.  Over 1,000 of our people have helped the programme to achieve some of the following milestones:

  • Co-ordinate and set up testing facilities across the UK, including 550 drive-through and walk-in test sites;
  • Complete over 60 million PCR tests and delivered 4 million rapid tests for use across the UK;
  • Provide logistical support and a digital solution to enable the programme to distribute over 25m tests to NHS staff.
  • On university testing, facilitate the set-up of 250 test sites in 150+ higher education institutions across the UK. This included the delivery of rapid tests, PPE and other equipment;
  • For asymptomatic testing, since the start of January 2021, establish 220 asymptomatic test sites to be run by Directors of Public Health for their local communities;
  • Support private organisations to set up and run testing for employees with over 65,000 tests completed across industry sectors including food processing, testing supply chain & logistics, mining, automotive and retail.

The kind of work we do

Our people have extensive knowledge and experience in areas such as building digital systems for large organisations and advising manufacturers on supply chains. At short notice, we provided our expertise to help the Government scale this critically important programme.

Our role has involved working with DHSC and various suppliers to build and maintain testing capacity, with continued support for mass testing, home testing, community testing and testing at NHS trust locations and care homes. It has also involved working in collaboration with the DHSC to scale Mobile Testing Units and continue increasing capacity across the national network of Lighthouse Labs, which are facilities dedicated to COVID-19 testing for the national testing programme. In addition, it includes providing delivery support for antibody testing and surveillance studies, and transitioning Deloitte’s work on the testing programme to Civil Servants and local leaders.

But, what’s not included in our role

Deloitte does not run test sites, nor does it conduct swab tests at testing sites - that’s where other partners on the programme come in, who also manage the set-up, running and operations of the Lighthouse Labs, the reporting of individuals’ test results and building contact tracing solution for the UK market at a national or local level. 

Looking ahead

Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, the testing programme will continue to be a vital strand of the Government’s COVID-19 response. In the months ahead, our teams will continue to play an important part in this and we are proud to be a part of this immense team effort.  

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