KSS Postgraduate Deanery redesign and relaunch

The KSS Deanery homepage at launch
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex (or "KSS") Postgraduate Deanery is an NHS entity which coordinates the funding and training of NHS doctors from graduation to the end of their training. Their website, at kssdeanery.org, was based on an ageing and no-longer-supported CMS, and was beset by numerous problems which I outlined in a 70 page report in which I recommended switching to the Drupal CMS.

Key features

  • Using Drupal CMF with Views, CCK, Pathauto and numerous other modules to create an SEO-optimised, easily navigated and easily expanded site
  • SEO optimised, with canonical and highly "hackable" URLs
  • Single login linked to Active Directory via LDAP for auto-population of staff profile and contact information

More about this project

I started and ran a huge project to reassess and greatly improve the organisation's use of their website, which was based on an ageing proprietary CMS. The end result is a soon-to-be-launched implementation of the Drupal CMS, set up with a custom template which allows each department to add their own colours and branding to a standardised layout. I also ensured that staff were able to self-publish, setting up training workshops and publishing a number of guide documents which will form the organisation's website training. Key benefits include the creation of a much simpler, more powerful, and more extendable website, with a simplified publishing workflow, (non-technical) staff who are confident enough to manage their department's content without having to rely on a web designer to do the work for them, and a standardised and clean web presence which will grow with the organisation. I also implemented a mobile-browser version of the site, which is shown when a mobile browser - for example Blackberry, Symbian or iPhone - is detected. Please note that the live site may have changed since I last worked on it in April 2009. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question about this site.

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What's this then?

When I’m not trying to kill myself in the gym or in a swimming pool, or trying to take photos which usually look like they were shot during an earthquake, I tend to push pixels around webpages and - occasionally - posters, newspapers, magazines and other paper-based mediums. Sometimes, I even get paid to do it… ;o)

Apparently, I'm not-too-bad at putting together websites; that means that, once we've worked out what it is you want your website to do, and roughly how you want it to look, I take a content management system (usually Drupal), assemble and configure the various plug-ins needed to make your site do what you want it to, whip up the site's theme via some slicing and dicing in Potatoshop (that's Photoshop for normal people), test it, add in any content you have, and show you how to use the site in a one-to-one training session (well, that's roughly how these things work, but there's always some room for flexibility of course).

If you like what you see here and would like to have a chat, please get in touch.

This is just a small selection of my past work, and I must admit I've been pretty terrible at updating my portfolio with some of my more-recent work. So, while this page isn't necessarily the best or the brightest of my productions, I hope you'll be able to get an idea of my style and how I like to work.