Best practice in UK diabetes care recognised at QiC awards

By Editor
17th October 2019
Good practice

Heroes from the diabetes community were rewarded at the ninth annual Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, which took place on the evening of Thursday, October 17, at Sanofi’s UK headquarters in Reading.

Rachel Berrington, pictured above, of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust was named Diabetes Professional of the Year, while Sarah Lockwood-Lee, also from the same trust, picked up the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes accolade.

Speaking to the DT after picking her her trophy, Rachel said: “It means the absolute world to me to be recognised and I feel privileged to be part of my patients’ lives. I don’t do it the job for the recognition, I do it it to improve the lives of people with diabetes, but it was nice to get a pat on the back.”

The Diabetes Team of the Year award was presented to Personalised SMS Care Plan for Diabetes, while Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, picked up the Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults category.

This year QiC Diabetes worked with NHS Wales and NHS England who gave their support to the first NHS Wales Outstanding Contribution for Services in Diabetes which went to Dr Sam Rice, and the third NHS England Outstanding Contribution Award for Services in Diabetes, which went to Dr Lalantha Leelarathna.

Dr Hubert Bland, Head of Medical for Primary Care and Country Medical Chair, Sanofi UK & Ireland said: “Sanofi UK is committed to improving the care for people with diabetes and we are proud to support Quality in Care Diabetes again in 2019. It provides a great opportunity to recognise and value those individuals, teams, Trusts and partnerships who demonstrate quality in care for their patients with diabetes. We look forward to seeing the winning programmes disseminated more widely for the ultimate benefit of people with diabetes and their families/carers.”

The awards are judged by the NHS, people with diabetes and industry.

Full list of winners

Best Practice in Dissemination and Sustainability Award

Sustaining Quality Improvement and Patient Outcomes in North West London

by North West London Health and Care Partnership

Prevention and Early Diagnosis

Changing Health’s Innovative Intervention Programme to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
by Changing Health

Diabetes Education Programmes – Healthcare Professionals

Digital Safety Training Improving Ward Staff Insulin Competency and Confidence
by Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme

Patient Care Pathway – Adults

Telemedicine in Improving Care and Outcomes, in Antenatal Diabetes Patients
by Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Diabetes Team of the Year
Personalised SMS Care Plan for Diabetes
by West Green Surgery
Mind and Body Healthy Together – Emotional Wellbeing Programmes for People with Diabetes – Adults

Embedding Psychotherapy Within a Community Diabetes Team
by Diabetes Care for You, Sussex Community Foundation Trust

Mind and Body Healthy Together – Emotional Wellbeing Programmes for People with Diabetes – Children, Young People, and Emerging Adults 

Wrexham Young Adult Diabetes Service – Getting Our Heads around Diabetes

by Wrexham Maelor Hospital (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board)

Type 1 Specialist Service – Adults

Implementation of a National Guideline with Local Changes: Does an Abbreviated Adult Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Protocol Improve Local Uptake and Overall Clinical Care?
by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

Diabetes Education Programmes – Adults

HEAL-D: A Culturally-Tailored T2D Self-Management Programme for Black-British Communities
by King’s College London

Diabetes Education Programmes – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults

Turning MDT Clinic into a Group Experience for 9-11 Year Olds
by The Hillingdon Hospital

Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Adults

World Foods: First Visual Carb Awareness Book for BAME Communities
by NWL Diabetes Transformation Programme Strategy and Transformation Team

Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults

Quality Improvement Innovation to Improve Early Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in Children and Young People
by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Insulin Safety Week 2019 Excellence Award 

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Hypo Awareness Week 2019 Excellence Award

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England Outstanding Contribution for Services in Diabetes

Dr Lalantha Leelarathna

NHS Wales Outstanding Contribution for Services in Diabetes

Dr Sam Rice

Judges’ Special Award

Diabetes Technology Network UK
by Association of British Clinical Diabetologists

Diabetes Professional of the Year

Rachel Berrington

Outstanding Educator in Diabetes

Sarah Lockwood-Lee

The People’s Award

Stefan Haest

About Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes

Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.

QiC Diabetes is partnered by Sanofi and supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians (ACDC), Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network (CYPDN), the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group,  Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum (DSN) UK, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), Diabetes UK, JDRF the type 1 diabetes charity, Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), Training Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes (TREND-UK), Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists’ Forum (YDEF) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).

For a full list of winning, highly commended and finalist entries to the 2019 QiC Diabetes Awards, visit

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