PictoComm™ news

On this page we will keep you up-to-date on the latest PictoComm™ news.

Hospitals using PictoComm include:

  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Spectrum Care Trust Board
  • Northamptonshire Health Care Foundation Trust
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • St Michael’s Hospice
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
  • University Hospital Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Woodlands Hospice
  • North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Martlet Hospice
  • York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Beechwood Care Home
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Gemma’s Hospice
  • Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital

PictoComm presentations

Recent PictoComm presentations to twenty NHS Trusts have generated positive feedback. Each trust felt that the presentation provided insights into how PictoComm can improve the patient experience and how our solutions are helping organisations communicate more effectively. If you would like to book a presentation, please contact Leila Shkodra at CDS.

Digital version

We are responding to the increased use of iPads and tablet devices in NHS Trusts and developing a version of PictoComm, specifically designed for use on iPads. Watch this space! If you would like to know more please get in touch.

Feedback about PictoComm

‘Feedback has been very positive from both staff and patients/relatives. PictoComm® puts patients and their relatives at ease knowing that we have this communication aid, especially overnight when relatives have gone home and non-English speaking patients remain in our care.

ICU also found it useful for patients who cannot speak following a tracheostomy.’

Sally Scales, Deputy Chief Nurse

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

‘We purchased the Pictocomm communication folders for all wards at the hospital four months ago to coincide with the launch of work we are doing at the Trust around the care of patients with dementia. From the feedback we have received from nursing staff and carers, the folders have been utilised to communicate not only with patients with dementia, but they have also so far proved to be effective in aiding communication for patients following stroke, those whose first language is not spoken English, the deaf/hard of hearing and patients with a learning disability.

The pictures are very clear and the presentation and size of the folder is ideal. We have had enquiries from carers regarding purchasing copies of the folder to take home which is a good recommendation of their effectiveness.

Thank you for providing the folders as requested which will not only benefit our patients but also helps us to demonstrate one effective way of making reasonable adjustments to help those patients from protected groups (as defined by the Equality Act, 2010) who have problems with communication.’

Sue Campling, Equality Lead, Northampton General Hospital

‘My husband has aphasia following a stroke a few years ago which makes it difficult for him to communicate. While in Northampton General Hospital a nurse showed him the PictoComm booklet which he found most useful out of the available options as he is good at pointing things out that he wants.’

Collete (wife of patient in Northampton General Hospital)

RCN publishes stories on PictoComm

The Royal College of Nursing is helping us to raise awareness of PictoComm among their members. Read our case study (PDF) and interview with David Faulkner (Support Worker at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire) who struggled to communicate with a patient who had suffered a stroke and became determined to find a tool that helped to overcome the problem.

PictoComm was also featured in the Royal College of Nursing bulletin, which includes RCN news, views and features. The bulletin is mailed directly to the RCN’s 400,000+ members each month.

CDS PictoComm Case Study

Download our latest PictoComm case study (PDF).

PictoComm in the news

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You can also keep up-to-date by visiting our Facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/pictocomm.

Take a look at our PowerPoint presentation on Slide Share, which introduces PictoComm.