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The RCPod publishes a decade-long analysis of podiatric care data

Published 23 Jan 2024

The Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod) has published a report that delves into a decade’s worth of podiatric care data, offering a revealing glimpse into national trends. The data, which was collected through the College’s PASCOM-10 data repository, features over 160,000 episodes of care. These were then meticulously examined and compiled to show the rates of specific injuries, procedures and patient outcomes spanning from 2010 until now. Clinicians, predominantly podiatrists and podiatric surgeons, contributed anonymised data through the PASCOM-10 system. The RCPod has conducted a thorough retrospective audit of the data during the summer so that it could publish these

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Update to Consenting patients for sharing of data

Published 01 Jan 2022

Update to Consenting patients for sharing of data. At PASCOM-10 we are keen to capitalise on the brilliant work everyone has done in recording anonymous clinical data and patient reported outcomes.  We now have over 150,000 patient records on the system. To analyse the data at a national level and report our findings in peer reviewed journals we need to demonstrate that consent has been sought for this purpose at a local level.  PASCOM has for many years asked local users to seek consent and to keep records of that consent locally. The following statement is an extract from the

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Introducing the new PASCOM team for 2022

Published 01 Jan 2022

PASCOM has been supported by many members of the College over the years. All have worked to enhance the project and develop it from the early paper based system through to the current web based clinical audit system.  The current working party includes members from across Podiatry.  An up-to-date list of working party members will be maintained at the following link  Our new team of volunteers includes: Dr Helen Branthwaite MSK Project Lead. Royal College of Podiatry.  Course Leader, Clinical Biomechanics Staffordshire University Dr Helen Branthwaite is the MSK project lead for the Royal College of Podiatry. She is

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Getting the Measure of PASCOM

Published 10 Dec 2020

A team of podiatrists have recently evaluated PASCOM-10 as a clinical audit tool for MSK podiatry.  There is a paucity of information about the effectiveness of MSK podiatry interventions. Outcome measures used to assess and evaluate services are vast and not yet directly specific to MSK practice. A visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Manchester-Oxford Foot Questionnaire (MOXFQ) are most frequently used in MSK care and are the main outcomes included in the PASCOM software. The aim of this audit is to review the effectiveness of PASCOM-10 in collating outcome measures of MSK podiatry contacts while also exploring the patient

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PASCOM Updates April 2020

Published 27 Apr 2020

We have now uploaded the 2019 activity summary which details the surgical procedures and outcomes for 13,294 patients.  An impressive 20,681 procedures were performed over that time.  The full report can be downloaded from the information pages or here ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A new study has just been published in the Foot and Ankle Online Journal.  The study titled A 12-month review of patients with advanced metatarsophalangeal joint osteoarthritis undergoing synthetic cartilage hemi implant arthroplasty utilised PASCOM-10 to assess outcomes for a poly vinyl alcohol hemi implant procedure.  The full paper can be accessed on the journal’s website

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Joint resurfacing for Lesser MTP joint osteoarthritis

Published 07 Mar 2020

A new study by Evy Cailliau musculoskeletal podiatrist with sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust utilised PASCOM-10 to investigate the outcomes of joint re-surfacing with the Cartiva (R) implant.  Read the full article here or on our information page.

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PASCOM-10 Upgrades Autumn 2019

Published 25 Oct 2019

We’ve implemented a number of upgrades to PASCOM-10 which should improve functionality: Favourite Procedures & Medicines Users can now set favourite medicines, invasive procedures and non-invasive procedures on their account screen. Once set these are automatically brought to the top of any drop down lists displaying this static.  Favourites can be set by going to ‘My Account’ and ‘Settings’. Diabetic Foot We’ve added a new flag on treatment events (Diabetic Foot) so that that diabetic foot cohorts can be readily identified.   Reports can now filter based on the Diabetic Foot flag (Include All, Limit to Diabetic Foot, Exclude Diabetic Foot). 

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PASCOM demonstrates effectiveness of MSK treatments

Published 10 Mar 2019

Pedro Serrano and Andrew Latham with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust have recently utilised PASCOM-10 to evaluate their musculoskeletal podiatry outcomes. They were keen to share their experience in the hope that it would encourage others to consider using PASCOM-10 in musculoskeletal podiatry.  You can read the full article here (opens in new window). Musculoskeletal Podiatry PASCOM 10 Outcomes 2019 Abstract: Musculoskeletal (MSK) Podiatry services in general have great difficulties selecting appropriate tools to measure clinical outcomes and assess the quality of the services provided. The present audit aimed to introduce the Podiatric Audit of Surgery and Clinical Outcome

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New article promotes PASCOM-10 for nail surgery outcomes

Published 12 Nov 2018

THE PASCOM TEAM HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE PRE_PUBLICATION DRAFT BELOW CONTAINS A NUMBER OF ERRORS OR OMMISSIONS.  A CORRECTED VERSION WILL BE UPLOADED SHORTLY.     Andrew Latham and colleagues present an overview of their use of PASCOM-10 to support evidence based practice and make a passionate call for others  to do the same. "It is time for podiatry to deliver evidence based/informed practice in nail surgery using PASCOM-10 (P-10) to support the College of Podiatry’s (CoP) strategic plan 2018-2022 by demonstrating the true volume and quality of work being undertaken by UK podiatrists regarding these procedures. Nail avulsion

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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

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PASCOM privacy and security updates

Published 02 Jul 2018

We've had a number of requests for advice in relation to GDPR. The series of articles published in Podiatry Now (also available at provide a comprehensive overview. In addition we have updated our advice around privacy and web security. Please refer to the following links for further details. We have an updated privacy statement here – If you scroll through that you will also see details about web security relevant to GDPR. The user guide has also been updated – section 3 refers to protecting patient data…/UNDER%20REVIEW%20PASCOM-10%20Use… Also bear in mind the terms and conditions laid out by

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PASCOM-10: A summary of the first six years

Published 16 Jan 2018

PASCOM has its origins as a paper based audit of podiatric surgery dating back to the late 1990s.  Since the early 2000s PASCOM has been under the care of the College of Podiatry and following a major investment in the system an online version was launched in May 2010. With the online launch the system was made available to all members of the College.  Following the online launch various modifications and facelifts have resulted in a website able to capture activity and patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) for all elements of podiatry.  The following report summarises data collected over the

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A comparision of outcomes of 1st MTP joint arthrodesis using PASCOM-10

Published 14 Jan 2018

By ANNA EVANS, JIEHAN CHONG and IAN REILLY Worldwide, osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability. The prevalence of symptomatic radiographic first metatarsophalangeal (MTPJ) OA has been reported to be 7.8%. It has been demonstrated to decrease general health-related quality of life, but successful treatment strategies are available. The authors present a service evaluation that compares the outcomes of first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) arthrodesis at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust against national podiatric surgery data held on the PASCOM-10 system, including complication rates and two different PROMs: the Manchester–Oxford Foot Questionnaire (MOXFQ) and the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ-10). The

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Data Protection Laws are changing and all podiatrists will need to comply!

Published 26 Nov 2017

Data protection rules are set to change in May 2018.  These changes may impact on your use of PASCOM-10.  The college of Podiatry hase recently published the following statement on their website here  Key Learning Points The Data Protection act is being updated with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All healthcare professionals should be aware of the key terms within the GDPR. Podiatrists will need to consider carefully the ways in which they process personal data. Under EU law, the rights to privacy and fair processing of personal data are treated as fundamental rights. In the UK, these

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PASCOM Injection Therapy Survey 2017

Published 19 Nov 2017

The PASCOM team have recently collaborated with our friends at MSK:UK (the leading lower limb musculoskeletal interest group) to review injection therapy data recorded on PASCOM-10.  The paper was presented at this year's College of Podiatry Conference in Liverpool.  

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Auditing diabetic foot outcomes with PASCOM

Published 12 Sep 2017

Robert Morley and the team at Whitworth Hospital in Derbyshire have been using PASCOM to audt their treatment of diabetic foot complications.  The full report is available to read here (opens new window).

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Comparing Datasets with PASCOM-10

Published 06 Sep 2017

In this brief report David Tollafield considers PASCOM-10 (P-10) clinical diagnostic activity data for podiatry and podiatric surgery Ever mindful of Health Commissioners and their quest to cut service provision, without evidence, we need more than ever to rely on a national dataset. Building on outcome evidence is not just something the PASCOM team are working on alone, and meetings are coming together to see how we can expand our evidence to promote podiatric intervention for all groups. Only by looking at audit trails can we make any inference with some confidence about our own activity. In many ways the

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New Report for Podiatrists in the Private and independent Sectors

Published 06 Sep 2017

a new report is available for Podiatrists and Podiatric Surgeons working in the private and independent sectors providing surgical care.  The simple report allows users to identify the provider type per episode of care.  The report can be found under Reports > Invasive Domain > Activity Reports > Invasive Provider Report.

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Time to wound healing, new metric and reports

Published 12 May 2017

The following updated functionality is now available on PASCOM-10.  The post treatment events in both the invasive and non-invasive domains can now capture time to wound healing in weeks.  This function is of relevance to those treating diabetic foot ulceration. To support this functionality, additional reports are now also available in both the invasive and non invasive domains.  

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The Value of PASCOM-10 for Podiatry

Published 24 Jan 2017

In the January edition of Podiatry Now David Tollafield provides a useful overview of the PASCOM-10 database from its early days as a simple audit project at Nene College (now the Univesity of Northampton) through to the present day with over 77,000 recorded episodes of care.  David concludes his review with a challenge to all podiatrists: "The podiatric surgeons (fewer than 100 individuals) have hammered down the key ingredients of (PASCOM)  but 8000 podiatrists can access the system; consider the impact if we had 2000 podiatrists alone? This would provide the basis upon which national policy could be made."  PASCOM-10 is

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