Software and ICT 2009 Finalists

The runners–up in the Software and ICT category were Steve Jessop from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin Waugh of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Kirsty McDonald of Sheffield PCT.


The Virtual Trauma Orthopaedic Management System (VTOMS) developed by Steve Jessop allows tracking of patients who are in A&E (or in a ‘virtual ward’ – i.e. at home) until they meet the required parameters to allow safe fixation of broken bones. Emergency trauma patients who have broken bones have complex requirements involving various prepatory and implementation steps before, during and after surgery. In essence it acts like an air traffic control system allowing optimal use of expensive resources such as operating theatres and staff time whilst alerting the on-duty staff to individual patient’s requirements.


The Patient Pathway Manager developed by Martin Waugh and his collaborators creates a specialist electronic patient record for all patients with cancer, suspected cancer or non-cancer treatments delivered by teams related to cancer. It merges data from a range of clinical delivery systems such as chemotherapy prescribing, radiotherapy, the PAS and pathology reports so that clinicians and support staff have a single resource which they can use to make informed decisions.


NOWCOM, developed by Kirsty McDonald is a touch screen communication device to aid patients who have communication difficulties to communicate important decisions and feelings around medical treatments, discharge planning and palliative care. The team hope the device will not only improve the quality of communication with patients, but also the efficiency of staff time to gain information around mental health capacity decisions.