Nominations for three award categories for this year’s prestigious Quality in Diabetes Care (QiC) awards are still open.
Submissions for the Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year, the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes and the QiC Diabetes People’s Award close on Thursday, July 21.
The awards recognise, reward and share innovative practice which has demonstrated quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.
The Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year award is a new category, which recognises those who have succeeded in raising standards of care over and above their day-to-day role.
Nominees must have initiated and led changes in practice last year, demonstrating positive outcomes in care and clear benefits for diabetes service users and/or their families and carers.
Supported by the Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), the Outstanding Educator award will be presented to an individual who delivers excellence in education.
This can be through developing innovative teaching tools or courses, providing mentorship for other educators or delivering and promoting externally developed training.
For the second year in a row, colleagues have the opportunity to vote online for the winner from a shortlist of nominees.
The People’s Award 2016 is supported by Diabetes UK and aims to recognise someone special who cares for, or has cared for, people with diabetes.
It is the only award in the QiC Diabetes programme not open to a healthcare professional. Instead, the judges are looking for an individual such as a carer, volunteer, a person with diabetes, who has made a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with diabetes and their families.
There are 3.9 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 590,000 people who have the condition but do not know it.
Its chronic nature means it is an increasing social and economic burden in the country and better, more efficient methods of care are necessary.
Anyone working in the diabetes field can submit a nomination providing the initiative or programme relates to diabetes.
The programme is partnered by Sanofi and supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network, the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), Diabetes UK, Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), Training Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes (TREND), UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and the Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists’ Forum (YDEF).
Sanofi said judges are “keen to review a wide spectrum of entries and recognise the innovative practice that we know is out there”.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Sanofi’s Guildford headquarters on Thursday, October 13.