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  • Macmillan Cancer Support - winner
  • Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  • Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Emersons Green Treatment Centre, Care UK
  • St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics Service
  • Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust and Newton Europe
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust: WHO safer surgery checklist online

Macmillan Cancer Support: Macmillan electronic cancer decision support tool

The judges said this was a nationally important innovation that directly addresses a major health problem in a way that allows rapid delivery across primary care throughout the UK.

The Macmillan Cancer Decision Support Tool (CDS) is a symptom-based software tool that raises awareness of cancer and aids GPs’ clinical judgement. The tool runs in the background of a GP’s computer system and is activated when a patient record is viewed.

Value in Healthcare Awards Macmillan Cancer Support

CDS is central to developing the area of early diagnosis of cancer by identifying and linking symptoms that may otherwise be missed in a busy surgery environment.

CDS can also be used in two more explicit ways. Firstly, as a symptom checker that allows a GP to record symptoms during a patient consultation and calculate an individual risk score.

Secondly, the population risk stratification function allows a practice to see a list of patients for whom a risk has been calculated; this can then be organised to illustrate which patients are at a higher or lower risk. CDS is currently live in over 550 practices across the UK and is available to over 2,000 GPs for patient consultations.

Macmillan developed CDS in partnership with BMJ Informatica and is fully integrated to run in the background of any GP’s IT system.

Indicative results from evaluation show that for 31 per cent of cases, GPs’ perceived risk of the patient was lower than the risk calculated by the symptom checker.

A fifth of all patients that the symptom checker tool was used on were referred for suspected cancer and nearly a quarter (23 per cent) were intended for investigation. Of the patients that GPs referred or went on to investigate after using the symptom checker, GPs reported that they would not have acted for around a fifth of those patients if they had not used the tool.


  • Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust: Medicines management web portal
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust: Service redesign and development
  • Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust: Innovative hospital app connects hospital and community care
  • Emersons Green Treatment Centre, Care UK: Enhancement of patient journey by reducing waiting times releasing hospital resources to expand its service offering   
  • St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics Service: GP information technology – Re-designing and improving primary care information technology
  • Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust and Newton Europe: Annualised savings of £1.5m and an inspired patient status system
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust: WHO safer surgery checklist online

Sponsor profile: Microsoft

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