Staff and graduates at Warwick Business School (WBS) have recently been making the most of their skills in both Internet technology and business to help meet serious needs and shortages in health services.
Warwick MBA Graduate Simon Rasalingham has set up one of the first UK Remote Radiology Reporting Services for the NHS. The service is based from the London Tele-Radiology Centre and is helping to tackle the huge problems caused by lack of Consultant Radiologists in the UK. The system allows diagnoses to be made from anywhere, improving the government's chances to deliver unilateral improvements in NHS services. The time saved can make a crucial difference to patients, spreads the burden of radiology work across the NHS, and provides a cost-effective means of maximising the effectiveness of a resource in short supply.
Meanwhile, Stuart Sutherland and Ray Irving - both members of the MBA support team - have continued to develop www.nurselearning.org, a website that provides free online courses on cancer subjects for nurses.
In June their voluntary efforts took on more official status when they were awarded registered UK charity status. Stuart comments, "The success of the www.CancerNursing.org site has been simply overwhelming and we felt we needed to legitimate our offering by registering as a UK charity."
The numbers of learners using the online courses has doubled in the last six months to over 4,000 from 70 different countries, a significant portion of which is from nurses working in developing countries. The pair are currently expanding the roster of courses on offer; their 'only problem at the moment is in keeping up with demand from the nurses!'
Further information on Simon Rasalingham's work can be found at the Medica Group's website.