The team

This project is made up of a consortium of industry specialist organisations and individuals.

DITO Team at Coventry University December 2019

OpusVL (lead partner)

OpusVL is an Open Source software specialist with over 20 years' experience delivering high performance business critical software systems. OpusVL will develop, install and support the software systems using in-house software developers supported by subcontractors for specialist areas. OpusVL will also provide overall project management and coordination of dissemination activities.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) (clinical partner)

SLaM operates feasibility-stage open source electronic observations (eObs) and will provide vital insight on the current approaches for the deteriorating patient care pathway as well as validation of the deliverables of the DITO project.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP) (clinical partner)

CWP use predominantly paper-based methods centred on NEWS2 although have been involved with early evaluations of eObs. CWP will lead field-trials of the software developed through the DITO project with performance measured against current practice.

Coventry University (academic partner)

The Centre for Intelligent Healthcare at Coventry University will deliver rigorous research into NHS working practices. Via co-creation with OpusVL, they will help define an optimal digital eObs patient monitoring system. CU will trial and refine this solution with postgraduate nurses in Coventry University’s simulated hospital ward environment, using scenarios commonly encountered in NHS hospitals. Once proven, CU will support field trials in two NHS trusts to validate the resulting improvement in deteriorating patient care.

The Apperta Foundation CIC (not-for-profit)

Apperta is a clinician-led, not-for-profit company, supported by NHS England, NHS Digital and others, to promote open systems and standards for digital health and social care. Apperta's open-eObs subcommittee will provide clinical leadership, safety and governance around open eObs. Our role in the project will be as custodians of the codebase, to represent the wider NHS for policy, standards, safety and security of the system to ensure it meets overall NHS needs.

OpenUK (not-for-profit)

The UK open source industry association. Our role will be to ensure the solution meets open source industry standards while managing open source component licensing, copyrights and security vulnerability to ensure that a robust software solution is developed with viable procurement routes for NHS trusts to acquire it.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information, visit the UK Research and Innovation website (