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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Simple visual tools that enable people who cannot communicate to convey the location and nature of their pain or discomfort. They can then be given appropriate support and treatment.
Overview of Innovation:
Many people suffering pain and discomfort cannot tell anyone about their distress. They may have a permanent or temporary communication difficulty, or they cannot speak English. Because of this, their pain and discomfort may be ignored.

Show Me Where is suite of simple visual tools that enable adults and children to convey the location and nature of their pain or discomfort. They can then be given appropriate support and treatment.

Show Me Where was created by Irene Hammond, a school nurse from the Hollies Special School, Cardiff for children with autism and speech disabilities. These children were unable to communicate pain and were impossible to examine because of anxiety or sensory issues.

Since being introduced Show Me Where has been recognised as a valuable resource for a much wider range of people in a variety of settings including clinical, education and domestic.

Show Me Where is available in printed and digital app versions (via Apple and Google Play App Stores) for both children and adults. The apps also offer a range of languages to facilitate communication with non-English speakers.
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Polish
  • Somali
  • Urdu
  • Welsh
Show Me Where can be used with a wide range of people and in any setting:
  • Stroke
  • Autism (ASD)
  • Dementia
  • Disabilities e.g. CP, MS
  • Deafness and hearing problems
  • Intubated or tracheostomy
  • Trauma or anxiety
  • Non English-speakers
"We use Show Me Where as part of the Pain Assessment and Management Toolkit for Patients with Communication Difficulties in all clinical areas. We endorse its value in clinical practice." Sue Mogford, Lead Nurse, Pain Team, Cardiff and Vale UHB

The tools are very simple to use. Affected people are presented with a version of Show Me Where and asked if they are in pain. If ‘yes’ is indicated they are shown a list of body images to select from. Very quickly an accurate assessment can be made of the location and nature of pain and discomfort. Presenting the tool on a regular basis reduces stress and anxiety and ensures the early detection of pain with vulnerable people.

In a clinical environment it is helpful for family, friends and nursing assistants to triage individuals and therefore support a more rapid and effective examination by healthcare professionals. It also enables clinicians to inform the patient and gain consent for medical examination and interventions.

"This app is brilliant!" Sunshine Haskell BA Hons, PGCE Teacher, The Hollies Special School
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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