Local UK cancer charity funds award-winning cancer app
To begin with, a local cancer charity in Shropshire, England funded an award-winning cancer care app:
- Firstly, in 2015, the Lingen Davies cancer charity started providing funding for an app and long-term follow up of prostate cancer.
- Following on, during 2016, the app was developed with clinicians. The app was launched for patients at the local hospital in December
- Lastly, in July 2017, the app won a national Patient Safety Award for cancer care.
Recognising the local need
Even with major developers entering health app development, there is still an important role for small, local groups in app development. In addition, one local charity won the UK’s national Patient Safety Award for its cancer care app. It was developed with clinicians at the hospitals it supports.
The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is a local charity supporting cancer services for the people of Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales. Since 2015, this long-established charity has been providing funding for an app. This app helps patients understand and monitor the side effects of chemotherapy treatment and the long-term follow up of prostate cancer.
Launched at the end of 2016, the app helps patients to access local help and support:
“To be told you have cancer and will need chemotherapy is very frightening. That is why our hospitals are always looking to improve the care we provide for patients and their families.
The app is packed with important information about chemotherapy and advice about when to contact the helpline. This ensure patients are seen at the earliest opportunity. It is hoped the technological advance will result in fewer chemotherapy patients being admitted to hospital as an emergency.” – Dr Sheena Khanduri, Clinical Leader for Cancer Services, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Winning the cancer care award
The local app recently won the cancer care category of the UK’s National Health Service annual Patient Safety Awards.
Following on, the awards, are now in their 9th year and:
- Recognise the achievements of National Health Service teams improving the quality of healthcare, and who make “measurable differences to the care their patients receive.”
- Are independently judged by specialists from across the service, focused on improving patient safety.
Commenting on winning the award, the medical director for the hospitals involved recognised the team’s achievement:
“To win this award is…real recognition both of the hard work of the teams who have been involved in the app’s development and the very real difference it will make to our patients.” – Dr Edwin Borman, Medical Director at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust