‘Inspirational’ work praised at awards
Innovative diabetes care was showcased and commitment at the “clinical coalface” was rewarded at this year’s QiC Diabetes awards.
The finalists from more than 60 entries attended the fifth annual awards ceremony at Sanofi’s UK headquarters in Guildford last night.
What you are doing is coming up with new and innovative ways of providing a better service
A total of 14 prizes were given out as apart of the programme, which recognises, rewards and shares good practice in diabetes management, education and care.
Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison at Diabetes UK, which supports the programme, told the audience: “What you are doing is coming up with new and innovative ways of sorting out issues and providing a better service.”
Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England, added: “This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the great things going on out there at the clinical coalface.”
QiC Diabetes is organised by the PMGroup and partnered by Sanofi. Nicky Barry, Diabetes Director at Sanofi UK and Ireland, said: “The reason why we are so proud to support these awards is because of the inspirational work being done for people with diabetes. At times when there are cut backs and challenges in the NHS, I think it’s important that we take time out to reward what has been achieved.”
As well as the awards ceremony, the programme shares the benefits and adaptability of the initiatives to a wider healthcare audience, including presenting at the annual Diabetes UK Professional Conference.
The Highs & Lows children’s choir from Leicester Royal Infirmary won both the Best Peer-to-Peer Support Services and Judges’ Special Award.
Sarah Lockwood-Lee, who helped set the choir up and works as an education support work at Leicester Children’s Diabetes Team at the hospital, said: “We were all overwhelmed. I said if we won I would take them to Cadbury World.”
‘It means everything’
Dr Mayank Patel, from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, who won Outstanding Educator in Diabetes, said: “It means everything for me. This is not just for me, it’s for my team and the local patient population – I did it for them.”
The Winner of Best Initiative in Specialised Services Reducing Amputations in the UK went to ‘Unlocking the Door’ by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Rajiv Gandhi, a Consultant Physician and Diabetologist at the trust, said: “The reason I wanted to win was because I was sick of going to meetings where people go on about how difficult things were but then do nothing. What we have done is show how you can make small changes that result in massive changes in outcomes.”
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust won Best Improvement in Quality of Inpatient Care Initiative for the DICE programme, which demonstrated the effectiveness of inpatient diabetes.
Dr Gerry Rayman, Head of Service at the Diabetes Centre at the hospital, said: “It’s not about winning, it’s about increasing the profile of inpatient teams. With good organisation, inpatient teams can achieve a great deal for people with diabetes.”