Excellence in diabetes care rewarded
Innovation in diabetes care was showcased at the sixth annual QiC Diabetes awards.
People working in the diabetes community were praised at the awards ceremony, which took place at Sanofi’s Guildford headquarters on Thursday, October 13.
The programme recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice which has demonstrated quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and, or, their families.
There were more than 80 entries into the 15 categories, with judges once again given a tough job selecting the winners among another crop of impressive examples of good practice.
QiC Diabetes is partnered by Sanofi Diabetes and supported by a host of organisations, including Diabetes UK, the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group and diabetes nursing group Trend UK as well as the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF).
Simon O’Neill, director of health intelligence and professional liaison at Diabetes UK, told the audience: “I know you are having a difficult time in the NHS at the moment. These awards are a real opportunity to showcase and share the innovative work to improve diabetes care being carried out across the NHS.
These awards are a real opportunity to showcase and share the innovative work to improve diabetes care
“You are all winners, you are all doing something for people with diabetes and that matters the most.”
The categories for this year included Healthcare Professional of the Year, a new award and recognises an individual who has “succeeded in raising standards of care over and above their day-to-day role”.
The winner of the award, Dr Parijat De, a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It’s a real honour because I know I was up against some very experienced healthcare professionals and it’s a testament to the work I am putting in towards inpatient diabetes care improvement.”
Diabetes Team Initiative of the Year went to Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for its ‘Hypoglycaemia simulation training to address serious untoward incidents in a hospital setting’ project.
Lead adult diabetes specialist nurse Amanda Veall, who picked up the award with colleagues Amanda Davis and Kim Sleeman, said: “We didn’t realise that our initiative in Cornwall would be as successful as it has been with other teams wanting to implement it. We have been able to demonstrate ongoing improvements in patient care, which our NaDIA results have shown.”
Dr Jackie Elliott is the lead diabetes consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which triumphed in the Patient Care Pathway – Adults category for its ‘Improving glycaemic outcomes in newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes adults’.
Dr Elliott said: :It’s a testament to the efforts of a terrific team. We thought we were doing well until we did an audit which showed our outcomes for people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes needed to improve. So, as a team we created a pathway that improved glycaemic control at 12 months and beyond.”
This year was also the first time the Hypo Awareness Week Excellence Award was incorporated in QiC Diabetes. The annual campaign, which this year took place between October 3 and 9, raises awareness of hypoglycaemia. Hinchingbrooke Hospital won the Excellence Award for organising an excellent local campaign.
|Prevention and Early Diagnosis
WINNER: Type 2 Diabetes: Know Your Risk by Diabetes UK
COMMENDED: Preventing diabetes by turning research into practice by Leicester Diabetes Centre
FINALIST: STEPS to prevent diabetes: a diabetes prevention course in Lambeth, South East London by Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team
|Prevention and Early Diagnosis for Secondary Complications in Diabetes
WINNER: Peer review of diabetes foot services in the South West by South West Cardiovascular Clinical Network
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Screening for new onset diabetes following Acute Coronary Syndrome – the way forward? by Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
|Digital and Technology Solutions in the Treatment and Management of Diabetes
WINNER: A technology-enabled service to optimise insulin management by Hygieia Medical
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Type 2 Diabetes and Me – E-learning guide by Diabetes UK, in partnership with Bupa
COMMENDED: Transforming Diabesity Care: Institution of an NHS Endobarrier Service by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
COMMENDED: HeLP-Diabetes: a proven online solution for diabetes self-management support by University College London
COMMENDED: My Diabetes My Way: online support for diabetes self-management by University of Dundee
FINALIST: The Florence (FLO) telehealth texting system by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
FINALIST: Clinical Decision Support for Diabetes in Scotland by NHS Tayside and University of Dundee
FINALIST: An “IDEA” to deliver inpatient diabetes safety messages in bite-sized animations by University Hospitals of Leicester
|Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Information Prescriptions: The Key to Unlocking Behaviour Change by Diabetes UK
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Research for the Future: The ‘Help BEAT Diabetes’ Campaign by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR CRN: Greater Manchester and NorthWest EHealth
COMMENDED: The Health Innovation Network Diabetes Improvement Collaborative by Health Innovation Network
FINALIST: Solihull Community MDT Project – Collaboration in Care by Heart of England Foundation Trust/Solihull CCG
|Patient Care Pathway – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults
WINNER: Introducing dedicated annual review clinics for children with T1DM by Paediatric Diabetes Team, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Diabetes transition from paediatrics to adult services by Isle of Wight NHS Trust
COMMENDED: Diabetes services for adolescents and young adults – transition and beyond by ENHIDE (East and North Herts Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology) – East and North Herts NHS Trust
|Patient Care Pathway – Adults
WINNER: Improving glycaemic outcomes in newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes adults by Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Save Sight – Impact of dedicated diabetes eye nurse specialist in diabetes retinopathy by The Hillingdon Hospital
COMMENDED: Successful outcomes in gestational diabetes through group education pathway by Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
FINALIST: Regional consensus for insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring provision by Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks
|Involving the Diabetes Service User and Families/Carers
WINNER: Expanding Type 1 Kidz Project and introducing simple telehealth by Investing in Children
FINALIST: Integrated group psychotherapy for adults living with diabetes by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
|Empowering People with Diabetes – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults
HIGHLY COMMENDED: YES (Youth Empowerment Skills): A stepping stone for diabetes self care and empowerment by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
FINALIST: Making Transition better – the Newham Experience by Newham University Hospital, Barts Health, London
|Empowering People with Diabetes – Adults
WINNER: An educational resource for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus by Queen’s University Belfast; Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust; Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation
HIGHLY COMMENDED: ACT Now! Guided self-help for adults with Type 2 diabetes to improve self-management and emotional wellbeing by NHS Grampian
COMMENDED: Structured group education for people with new onset Type 2 diabetes by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
COMMENDED: The feasibility of delivering a physical activity intervention for adults within routine diabetes care by NHS Grampian
FINALIST: Continued success and evolution of BERTIE; Bournemouth’s Type 1 education programme by Bournemouth Diabetes & Endocrine Centre, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Diabetes Team Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Hypoglycaemia simulation training to address serious untoward incidents in a hospital setting by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
COMMENDED: Introducing a specialist diabetes sports service at Oxford Children’s Hospital by Oxford Children’s Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
COMMENDED: Operation Pharmacist: Ending the Highs and Lows of Diabetes by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
FINALIST: Diabetes pregnancy care – achieving similar outcomes to non-diabetes related pregnancies? by Diabetes Antenatal Team, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth NHS Trust
|Judges’ Special Award
Expanding Type 1 Kidz Project and introducing simple telehealth
by Investing in Children
|Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year
Dr Parijat De
|Outstanding Educator in Diabetes
|Hypo Awareness Week Excellence Award
WINNER: Hinchingbrooke Hospital
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Knowsley Community Diabetes Service
To view good practice from last year’s awards, click here.