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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.

Bibhas RoyMusculoskeletal 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 adults.

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.