Diabetes training for professionals scoops top award
Pioneering technology developed by a Leicester diabetes training programme for healthcare professionals has won a major award for improving the NHS.
Effective Diabetes Education Now (EDEN), which was created to provide education and a range of services for healthcare professional staff involved in diabetes care, has been presented with a Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2017 Value in Healthcare Award. EDEN has provided training in both the UK and Internationally.
The programme, which was created by the Leicester Diabetes Centre and is part of University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL), and is an international centre of research, education and innovation in diabetes.
The team was recognised for its innovative Training and Overview Database (TOD), which uses technology to generate course recommendations for diabetes training, while also monitoring response rates and urgency of training needs.
Our software app utilises artificial neural networks to make decisions about who needs diabetes training, what kind, and to determine the urgency of their need
EDEN took first place in the Training and Development category of the highly prestigious awards, which recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS.
EDEN Lead Laura Willcocks said: “We are extremely proud to have received this highly prestigious award, which is testament to the hard work and philosophy of what the EDEN team is about. We’re proud to be at the forefront of technology, driving new ways of working with data and performance analytics to show success. Enhancing the skill levels of healthcare professional staff appropriately will lead to positive and improved outcomes for patients.”
EDEN’s Education Support Manager Petra Jones added: “Our software app utilises artificial neural networks to make decisions about who needs diabetes training, what kind, and to determine the urgency of their need.
“Across the UK, the NHS faces a common challenge – up-skilling half a million healthcare professionals and ensuring a consistent level of care across practices, federations and CCGs. We believe, if the software we have developed is rolled out on a national basis, it will make a significant impact on the training and development of all healthcare professionals.”
The awards recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvement by the NHS across the 20 categories. They also seek out examples of demonstrable improvement in outcomes, both within back office functions and clinical initiatives.
The judges said they were impressed with the use of “big data to provide real time training needs analysis, focused on the specific needs of individual populations of patients. The approach really supported value in the delivery of training by identifying specific learning needs”.
The winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 were announced earlier this month at an awards evening held at London’s Grosvenor House.