HSJ Awards 2021

NHS Forth Valley, along with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Grampian, Storm ID, Modernising Patient Pathways Programme, NHS National Services Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland, won the Digitising Patient Services Initiative Award in the 2021 Heath Service Journal Awards for the roll out of Digital Dermatology Assessments during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service allows patients to send images of moles and other skin concerns which are then reviewed by a clinician who can arrange for further tests or treatment, where required, and arrange a follow up virtual appointment. The collaboration between clinical teams and industry was expanded during the pandemic and more than 3,000 patients had completed DDA appointments by November 2021.