Diabetes charity receives award nomination
A national diabetes charity has been shortlisted for a Quality in Care (QiC) award, it has been announced.
The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) has been shortlisted in the Empowering People with Diabetes category for an initiative it launched on the south coast, which has now been rolled out nationally.
The initiative involves hosting diabetes wellness events which empower people to effectively self-manage their condition.
DRWF chief executive officer Sarah Bone said: “We are very proud to have been shortlisted in this year’s QiC awards. We have worked very hard to measure the effectiveness of these events for people living with diabetes.
“Professor Kath Barnard, managing director of BHR Limited and a member of the DRWF research advisor board has conducted a two year research project for DRWF with a number of event attendees. Her detailed report demonstrates how much the events improve delegates’ diabetes self-management skills which we know leads to better long term health and wellbeing outcomes.”
Relaxed and supportive environment
DRWF first implemented its diabetes wellness event programme in 2001 providing a number of workshops, residential weekends and activity holidays focused on providing expert health information in a relaxed and supportive environment. The Diabetes Wellness Day format has been running for the last nine years, initially in the south of the country followed seven years ago by a wellness day in the North East and, later this year, the first wellness day Midlands.
Each day is supported by regional diabetes healthcare professionals and diabetes diagnostic companies, with a programme of talks and an exhibition space, with the opportunity for people to meet and share their own experiences.
John Mumford, who attended a wellness day earlier this year, said: “This year’s wellness day South was another excellent event full of useful information with great speakers and friendly atmosphere. It is incredibly useful to hear fresh approaches on treatments and reasoning that can help both new and ancient diabetics like me.”
QiC is an awards programme that recognises good practice in patient care and joint working in key therapy areas and allows these schemes to be shared and disseminated on a national level.
It aims support healthcare providers in a practical way to improve standards of care, identify and showcase existing initiatives which are directly or indirectly improving care and disseminate these more widely to enable individuals and teams working in healthcare across the country to learn from good practice.
People are now being encouraged to vote for the QiC Diabetes Healthcare Professional and QiC Diabetes Outstanding Educator.
Voting closes on September 1 and the winner will be announced at the QiC Diabetes Awards presentation on October 12 which will take place at Sanofi’s head office in Surrey.