CMFT Consultant wins innovation award for virtual orthopaedic clinic
Mr Bibhas Roy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Central
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was the
winner of the Healthcare Project of the Year category in the Bionow
Awards 2013 for the development and innovative application of a
web-based tool, which enables remote monitoring of patients
following shoulder surgery.
Musculoskeletal problems are one of the most
common reasons for seeking health care, with estimates of up to 20
per cent of adults annually consulting their general practitioner.
Isolated shoulder problems affect around 2.5 per cent of
Around 80 per cent of Mr Roy's surgery is performed using
keyhole surgery techniques. This often means that procedures
can be performed as day case surgery, enabling patients to return
to their daily activities more quickly than would be possible
following conventional surgery.
The web-based tool, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)
2.0, enables patients to be monitored in real-time remotely after
surgery, reducing the number unnecessary clinic visits for the
patient and health service. PROMS 2.0 collects information
submitted by patients after surgery, either online or via telephone
consultation, and uses the feedback to tailor follow-up care to an
individual patient's needs. PROMS 2.0 was developed in
collaboration with other clinicians and, company, Amplitude
Clinical Services Ltd, which provided the technical solution.
The tool has been adopted by 12 NHS organisations, primarily in
the North West of England, for use in a variety of clinical areas,
including major trauma, orthopaedics, mental health, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, diabetes, smoking
cessation and urology. By informing a patient's ongoing care,
PROMS 2.0 goes beyond the level of sophistication currently offered
by other tools.
Sponsored by TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation service,
the Healthcare Project of the Year category aims to recognise the
best in biomedical projects, which have made a significant
improvement to healthcare through the development of services,
equipment or products.
Mr Roy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Trafford Hospitals and
Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford, said: "The benefit of
our work already extends beyond patients in Manchester, and my hope
is that this recognition will lead to more NHS organisations
looking at how they can improve quality of care for patients
through the use of tools like PROMS 2.0. Through our work we
have shown that over 90 per cent of appropriate patients chose not
to return for clinic follow up after shoulder surgery, resulting in
excellent patient experience scores (14.4 out of 15) and offering
considerable cost savings for the NHS."
Dr Geoff Davison, Chief Executive Officer at Bionow, added:
"Through the development of PROMS 2.0, Mr Roy has developed and
implemented a novel system that, in addition to making healthcare
services for convenient for patients, will bring real cost savings
to the NHS. The benefits of the tool are significant when you
take into consideration its flexibility to be applied across many
different clinical areas."
This latest achievement closely follows recognition of Mr Roy's
work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), which named him amongst
the top 50 NHS innovators last month. Mr Roy's team was also
awarded the Paul Calvert Prize by the British Elbow and Shoulder
Society for the use of PROMS 2.0 in virtual clinics following
shoulder surgery earlier this year. Dr Sandip Mitra,
Consultant Nephrologist at Central Manchester University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust, and Senior Lecturer at The University of
Manchester, was also named in the HSJ top 50 NHS innovators for his
work to enable patients to undertake haemodialysis at home.