One of Cwm Taf’s leading consultants and his team at the colorectal surgical unit in Prince Charles Hospital have been shortlisted in a national award for excellence in gastroenterology for the development of an innovative range of tablet-based apps aimed at patient and staff education.
The Shire Award for Gastrointestinal Excellence (SAGE) is an annual UK wide award designed to allow individual healthcare professionals, units and healthcare networks in gastrointestinal care to be recognised for innovative work, share best practice and raise standards of patient care.
On hearing about the good news Professor Puthucode Haray who leads the unit said: “It is wonderful to be shortlisted for this prestigious national award, which specifically rewards developments in gastroenterology.
“Obviously, I believe that these Apps are a great innovation, but it is very gratifying to see that others feel the same way.
“The shortlisted teams are to be interviewed at the end of April and I am very hopeful that we’ll make it to the finals in June!”
The project aimed to improve and modernise patient counselling and staff education both within the unit as well as nationally and internationally, has been possible through a combined venture by the colorectal surgery department at Prince Charles Hospital, Cwm Taf University Health Board and Digimed® (a specialist medical media company).
This has allowed the development of four individual and fully interactive apps that were launched in July 2014 and are currently available for free worldwide download on iOS® platform through the App Store®, with over 5000 downloads worldwide to date:
1. ‘Patient Journey – the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up when diagnosed with a bowel tumour’: An educational application designed to inform, demystify and prepare patients and carers with bowel cancer for the journey ahead. (https://appsto.re/gb/2F1t1.I
2. ‘Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) for major bowel surgery’: An application designed specifically to explain the concepts and benefits of ERAS to patients prior to major bowel surgery. (https://appsto.re/gb/CI1t1.I
3. ‘Colorectal Procedures’: An educational application designed to give exposure to students and junior trainees regarding the anatomical and surgical principles of common colorectal procedures. (https://appsto.re/gb/7Me7G.i
4. ‘Stepwise Approach to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery’: An interactive application to assist colorectal consultant and trainee surgeons who wish to gain proficiency in laparoscopic surgery for bowel cancer. (https://appsto.re/gb/yE1t1.I
The apps developed within the series has improved the patient experience as patients are now able to access information and support relating to their condition.
The winners of the award will be announced in June 2015.