Diabetes team up for major medical prize

By Editor
2nd March 2017
Case studies, Good practice

Leicester’s Adult Inpatient Diabetes team has been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards Clinical Leadership Team for 2017, it has been announced. 

The project, which is run by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and was set up in response to the NaDia 2011 results.

Dr Kath Higgins, the clinical lead for inpatient diabetes and a consultant in diabetes medicine, established the role of the diabetes inpatient steering GP to respond to data evidencing poor care.

They then participated in NaDia annually and developed systems which reviewed diabetes related Datix (REACT Diabetes) and successfully undertook a 2 year CQUIN (2014-16) implementation of ThinkGlucose training.

Inpatient team roles were also developed which strengthened their monthly Diabetes M&M and developed links with the patient safety team to recognise the scale of the problem for inpatients with diabetes in the trust.

‘Fantastic recognition’

Dr Higgins said: “I am thrilled that the Adult Inpatient Diabetes team has been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards Clinical Leadership Team for 2017. This is fantastic recognition of the journey this team has been on over the past five years raising the profile of Inpatient Diabetes Care within UHL.

“As medical lead for the team working alongside nursing leads, Judith Spiers and Helen Atkins, we have always shared a common vision for how care for inpatients with diabetes can be improved.  Passion, hard work and resilience have resulted in us being where we are now however there is still much more to do!”

Doing Diabetes Differently, which was run by the events and education Hertfordshire diabetes team, has been shortlisted for the education team award.

The BMJ Awards is an annual ceremony, which celebrates and rewards teams and individuals in the medical profession.

Now, in its ninth year, the distinguished judges determine 15 eventual winners who are all showcased in The BMJ and will unveiled at the glittering ceremony on Thursday, May 4 in London.

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