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Submission opens for annual diabetes excellence awards

By Editor
14th March 2018
Good practice

Submissions for an annual competition that recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice within the field of diabetes have officially opened.

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious Quality in Diabetes Care (QiC) awards is once again seeking entries from teams or individuals who have demonstrated excellence in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.

This year’s programme was announced during the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC) in London, where it showcased innovation in practice during a lunchtime presentation.

Chaired by Sheila Smyth from the Suffolk GP Federation, case studies talked about their new and sustainable ways of supporting better results for your patients and doing more with less.

The awards are open to all healthcare and allied healthcare professionals, pharmacists, patient associations and charities, industry, public health bodies and healthcare companies. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at  Sanofi’s Guildford headquarters on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Each entry will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel of eminent diabetes professionals, nurses, patient representatives, clinicians, charities, CCG groups and leading industry professionals.

In a video posted on the QiC website, Dr Partha Kar, the associate national clinical director of diabetes with NHS England, said: “I think it’s evolved over the years and as far as I’m concerned it showcases good work throughout the country so from an NHS England prospective, that’s what we always look for.”

There are five different entry categories for children, young people and emerging adults and adults. There are also an additional five entry categories open to all, with three nomination categories. Judges will favour projects that demonstrate results having quality and/or efficiency benefits which could be replicated elsewhere, thereby having a greater impact than their initial focus.

Simon O’Neill, director of health intelligence and professional liaison for Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes UK is once again delighted to collaborate on these important awards. They highlight and promote the exciting and innovative approaches that are being implemented around the UK to improve the care of people with diabetes.”

A QiC award means an initiative has been recognised by the NHS, patients and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

The closing date for entries is Friday, June 1.

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