PASCOM (Podiatric and Surgical Clinical Outcome Measurement) was first conceived in 1986, by Mr David Tollafield (Past Chair of PASCOM and Past Dean of Podiatric Surgery). It was rolled out the following year to all colleagues in the surgical arena. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists took on responsibility for PASCOM in 2000 from Walsall Community Trust and in 2005 began expanding the programme. Some of you will have used PASCOM-2000, a Microsoft Access database which was a good start but still a far cry from what we really wanted to achieve.
In 2010 we rolled out the first web based PASCOM system for podiatric surgeons and podiatrists undertaking nail surgery. Later in May 2012 we completed our plans set about by the working party to expand the system for all aspects of podiatric practice. The need to make PASCOM more accessible led to the formation of local networks and trainers being equipped to meet the anticipated growth in use. To support this a comprehensive training manual was created as a resource to those who were used to PASCOM as well as those who were new to it. These can now be found in the following pages and downloaded from www.PASCOM-10.com.
In 2013 there was a drive as part of the vision of the College of Podiatry to embed audit and outcomes in practice and the working party undertook a radical review of both the content and layout of the system. The aim was to ensure the tool enabled all aspects of podiatric practice to be captured and reported on.
Over the years some 30 people have contributed to the system we have today. It is hoped that all clinicians will want to know more but you can start your own education now with the information that the working party have put together. No-where else do members receive such quality in clinical support for no cost.
Please embrace PASCOM-10 within you own practice whether you are in private practice or NHS. I hope all podiatrists will agree this has been a wonderful piece of collaborative work and I hope the members will avail themselves of its’ many opportunities.
Matthew Fitzpatrick FRSPH, FCPM, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)
Chair of the Clinical Senate, The College of Podiatry & Chair of PASCOM-10 committee