PASCOM-10 User Guide Update

Published 30 Aug 2018

Version 1.0 of the user guide was published in 2014. Since then PASCOM-10 has been through many changes and developments. The website underwent a major re-development in 2015 and the training process was updated. New users are now required to watch a series of short youtube videos before completing an online assessment, these videos can be accessed by all users once logged-in.  Many new features, subtle edits and corrections have been applied. The most important of these are recorded in the news archive available on the website at: We have responded to many requests from users, nowhere more so than in the reports section.  Special thanks are owed to Mr David Tollafield for overhauling the list and glossary of sequellae and for providing a detailed description of the levels of impact. Finally, the report section has been updated and now details all available reports for the invasive domain.

Of particular note we have updated our advice on data protection and consent in response to the General Data Protection Regulations which came into foce in May 2018.  

Patients should be informed of, and consent to, data being collected 
Patients must be informed that their clinical is data being collected on PASCOM. It is strongly recommended that consent be sought from all patients prior to data collection and a record of consent should be kept outside of the PASCOM database. Patients should be informed about why the data is being collected and how any data may be used. Further to this if you (the user) choose to use the email functionality within PASCOM, specific consent should be sought for the use of and storing of email addresses within PASCOM. Within the NHS consent should be sought but it is advisable to seek further advice on consent from Caldicott Guardians. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) also offers detailed guidance on consent for data collection. 

Using PASCOM in the NHS 
In the NHS it is essential to inform the local Caldicott Guardian who will work with Clinical Governance. Those working in private hospitals should make the Manager or Director aware. The College of Podiatry takes no responsibility for PASCOM-10 being implemented without permission or for any failure on the part of clinicians to gain consent from patients.  Prior to using PASCOM-10 in the NHS, users must first discuss its implementation with a line manager. Further approval will likely be required from clinical governance officers locally. Governance officers may wish to undertake a risk assessment and may wish to talk to IT specialists and Caldicott Guardians prior to any approval. It is advised that PASCOM users keep a record of any local agreement to use PASCOM and any associated risk assessments for future reference).

The full user guide can be accessed at