The Pain Management Team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust celebrated a successful night at the Grünenthal National Pain Awards, where they were announced as the winners in the General Patient category and overall 2nd place for the innovative production of a pain medication and education smartphone app.
Judges were impressed with the innovative nature of the app and the use of online tools and resources. They believed that a digital tool that can help promote and support patient access to information, is both beneficial and in their long term health care interests.
As part of the award the team included a proposal to develop and devise a series of online podcasts and videos for medication education to further support patients and medical professionals.
£5000 was awarded to help them create an audio-visual learning resource which has the potential to further benefit and prepare patients for possible medication side effects and reduce inpatient admissions, with improved medication planning.
Dr Deepak Ravindran, Lead Consultant for the Pain Management Unit said: “We are delighted to have won the Grünenthal Pain Award for this project, which has been the evolution of many years of internal audit and quality improvement work, along with extensive patient feedback and response. The team has worked incredibly hard on this app, and this award recognises this achievement. Our next phase of this project is the creation of the online videos and podcasts to further help support our patients.”