Awards and Testimonials

The Leeds Long Covid Rehab Service, provided by Leeds Community Healthcare Trust & Leeds Teaching Hospitals, has been awarded the 2021 BMJ Clinical Leadership Team of the Year Award. 

This award recognises a team that exemplifies the qualities of clinical leadership, requiring ideas and enthusiasm and often by doing things differently.

On 22nd September, Medipex held their 14th NHS Innovation Awards, which recognises a wealth of inventive devices, technologies and systems designed to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS patients every year. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge and promote the achievements of Winners and Finalists who include NHS staff members, academic teams and companies across the Yorkshire & Humber who have developed innovative ideas to improve patient care across the NHS.

Jennifer Davison and Rachel Tarrant, on behalf of The Leeds Long Covid Community Rehabilitation Service based at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds GP Confederation, Leeds CCG, and University of Leeds were nominated as finalists for their “Design and implementation of the Leeds Long covid Community Rehabilitation service”

Dr Manoj Sivan from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in conjunction with Paul O’Brien from Elaros and colleagues from University of Leeds, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust were also nominated as finalists for “The world’s first validated digital assessment, triage, management, and monitoring system for Long COVID”

The C19-YRS consortium is proud to announce that both finalists were announced as joint winners for the Management of Long Term Conditions in Medipex’s 2021 Awards and Showcase 2021.

Quotes from the Early Implementation Case Study
at Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

“I found the app easy to download and very user friendly. I’m looking forward to using it more and intrigued as to the next step, hoping it will help me to get the right support and care.”

Sarah Bleasdale, long covid patient

“The symptoms of long Covid can be devastating for many people and we can now better understand people’s complete range of symptoms. Our patients are very keen to use the app as another tool.”

“By inputting the information themselves, they will be able to see how their health is improving over time and use the information to form a discussion with their clinician, as well as to show their family. Previously we were making calls and asking people around 30 questions over the phone with the varying responses.”

“The app means information can now be sent electronically direct to the Long Covid Clinic Team, so they have information ahead of appointments. We can even decide on the length and type of appointments using the tool to match the needs of the patient.”

“The tool will also help with reporting data required for long Covid at a national level.”

Sarah Cannon, Programme Manager
Northern Care Alliance NHS Group 

Kerry Rigby
Senior Administrator
Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

“The C19 APP has literally been a game-changer, reducing the patient’s waiting time massively.

The APP is user friendly and generally patients complete their YRS on the day we send the APP info out, resulting in their waiting time being reduced for their virtual appointment by at least 10-14 days.

The patient information is so easy to take from the C19 and add on to SystmOne and when we then require them to complete other measures it’s a super easy process to log back into the APP and amend which requirements we need next from them.Postage and printing time and costs have been reduced massively, saving us several hours of work each week printing letters, posting out the YRS, asking patients to return it to us in an SAE and then having to scan the paper copy on to SystmOne.

Any technical queries are answered and addressed in a very timely manner and Oscar [ELAROS] is so accessible and knowledgeable.”

Jeremy Gee
Community Advanced Practitioner
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

“From experience in the first wave, 88 patients were screened by phone by a member of the trust totalling on average of 1 hour each. With the number potentially now totalling a minimum of 10x this and with the need to complete 3x per patient the time taken and cost to the trust will be extensive.” 

“On average the app takes clinicians 10 minutes or less to complete an assessment with patients.”

Wally Charlton
Deputy Director of Transformation
NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group

“I just wanted to congratulate the Elaros team for the unbelievable development of the Long COVID system you have developed and I know, through personal experience how much this will benefit hundreds, if not thousands of patients who have lasting impacts of COVID 19”.