In my current post I am solely responsible for
the Trust's intranet and Internet web sites, along with the Trust's
private healthcare unit's site.
The sites were built from scratch, and they use
a variety of web design techniques:
- Cascading Stylesheets
- Connection to SQL Server and Access databases
- Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
I am one of two technical advisors with the Direct Access Booking
project, which allows GPs to book patients into the hospital for
procedures over the Internet, and I deliver training to staff
in the use of Email and the Internet. I also administer the electronic
archiving of old paper documents.
I have written two major web applications for the Trust:
- A news application, that allows authenticated users to add
news stories about their ward or department straight to the
news index on the front page of the intranet without having
to go via me.
Each department's news is passworded, and each message is stamped
with the login ID of the user that posted it for accountability
purposes. Users can set an expiry date for the story, which
will then automatically be removed from the list of news items
once expired. Users can edit and delete news items as they wish.
This improves the interactivity between the intranet and the
users, and gives them some ownership over the information stored
- A jobs site, where the personnel department can add positions
that arise whenever they like and those job advertisements are
accessible immediately via the intranet. Jobs can be searched
using a web form by the user, for example by keyword, salary
and location. Closing dates are applied to each post and a job
disappears from the list once the closing date has passed.
Once again, the jobs advertised can be edited or deleted at
will by the personnel department.
The application is a vast improvement on the old system, which
relied on a weekly email. Mistakes could not be rectified other
than by other mails alerting staff to the error.
Jobs are automatically uploaded to the public site on an hourly
basis, but the public site does not display jobs for internal
applicants only. The Personnel department has only to enter
the job information once, and two websites are populated.
Future projects include a 'marketplace' where staff can advertise
their second-hand goods for sale, and secure, accountable chat
Running on one of my sites, sub-TV, there is a site statistics
package. This was adapted from code from an ASP site on the web
(no point in re-inventing the wheel!).
Functionality added to this is being able to
see how long a user was on-site for, and what they looked at whilst
they were there.
Accessibility is borne in mind when sites are
created; for example, font sizes set using CSS are relative (as
opposed to absolute) so that the 'font size' function in Internet
Explorer works. High contrasting colours are chosen where possible.