Quality in Care award winners unveiled
A model to support the delivery of diabetes services within primary care and a national education programme for children and young people were among the winners of the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards.
A total of 15 accolades were presented at the ceremony on Thursday, October 12, with teams and individuals being praised for demonstrating excellence and going above and beyond in delivering diabetes care.
The County Durham and Darlington Diabetes Alliance by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust scooped the Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year prize in the adults’ section. The team was recognised for its model, a collaboration between local clinical commission groups (CCGs) and acute NHS Foundation Trusts, with primary care input from local GP Federations and GP practices.
It was devised to help provide specialist resources and develop skills within the primary care workforce to support the provision of high-quality patient care. The judges said the initiative was “innovative” and “an excellent collaboration”. They added: “There is a robust governance process that encourages good communication across all parties. It truly has the patient at the centre of their focus.”
The Empowering People with Diabetes – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults award was given to the Children and Young People’s Wales Diabetes Network. The team was recognised for SEREN, a national diabetes education programme for children and young people, developed by healthcare professionals and parent representatives from Wales.
The first modules are delivered following diagnosis and aim to increase the young people’s knowledge and understanding of diabetes, empowering them to manage their diabetes from day one. The programme includes a full curriculum with lesson plans for staff, a workbook for the young person, educator records to track progress and an array of supporting teaching resources.
The judges said: “This submission is completely child-centred and the judges loved this. It’s broad, clearly impactful and it revolves around the child’s ability to understand rather than the age. It’s very well put together for the short time period and the workbooks make it easy for parents and healthcare professionals to track progress.
A comic book, developed by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, and Revolve Comics for young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, picked up the Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults prize.
The Diabetes Times Editor Oliver Jelley was presented with the NHS England Outstanding Contribution Award for Services in Diabetes.
Dr Sandip Ghosh, the inpatient diabetes lead at University Hospital Birmingham, received the Healthcare Profesional of the Year prize. He is also the governance lead in diabetes responsible for updating guidelines and QIP projects for the trust and has led and delivered educational programmes across the trust.
His roles also see him act as quality lead for the CMTs of West Midlands, oversee trainee QIPs and chair the regional inpatient diabetes quality improvement meeting of West Midlands. He has led and delivered on major QIPs and is a member of guideline writing group of JBDS, an area on which he has presented and published.
Sheila Smyth, from the North East Essex Diabetes Service, was named Outstanding Educator of the Year and Sarah Davies scooped the People’s Award for her tireless efforts in setting up or fixing their Nightscout installation.
She said: “I was overwhelmed to win this award because it has been voted for by my peers. I have a passion and up-skill everybody in the wider community to achieve a higher standard of care. But I do not work alone, it is a team effort.
“A single specialist team can not look after everybody with diabetes so we have to educate primary and community care to a higher level to be able to manage more complex cases because with dwindling finances in the NHS we can do it all.”
The annual awards ceremony was held in Guildford at Sanofi’s headquarters.
Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison at Diabetes UK, told the audience: “We need to get much better at sharing good practice and I think these awards are an amazing way of doing that. I would like to really thank you for all the hard work that you have put in. You are doing a great job, please keep it up.”
Dr Tunde Falode, who is General Manager for the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business Unit in the UK and Ireland at Sanofi, added: “QiC gives us an opportunity to recognise and reward excellence.”
Here is the full list of the winners:
|Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Adult
County Durham and Darlington Diabetes Alliance by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
|Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults
Type 1: Origins, Diabetes the Comic Book by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and Revolve Comics
|Diabetes Team Initiative of the Year – Adults
Transforming Diabetes Care at Scale in North West London by NHS North West London Collaboration of CCGs
|Diabetes Team Initiative of the Year – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults
Engaging to Improve: Outcomes of the Young Adult Clinic Restructure by Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
|Patient Care Pathway – Adults
Improving Diabetes Competencies in Dietitians by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust
|Digital & Technology Solutions in the Treatment and Management of Diabetes (Highly commended)
BERTIEonline. An Online Platform of Structured Education for Type 1 Diabetes by Royal Bournemouth Hospital
|Empowering People with Diabetes – Adults
T1resources.uk; Rated, Reviewed, Reliable by King’s College London & Health Innovation Network
|Empowering People with Diabetes – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults
Empowering Children and Young People with Diabetes through Structured Education by Children and Young People’s Wales Diabetes Network
|Prevention and Early Diagnosis
Preventing Diabetes in North West London by CWHHE CCG Collaboration
|Hypo Awareness Week Excellence Award
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
|NHS England Outstanding Contribution Award for Services in Diabetes
|Judges’ Special Award
Diabetes Wellness Events Empowering People in Effective Self-Management by Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation
|Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year
Dr Sandip Ghosh
|Outstanding Educator in Diabetes