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QiC Diabetes Awards introduces two new categories

By Editor
7th March 2019
Case studies

Emotional wellbeing and diabetes education programmes have been added to the categories for this year’s Quality in Care Diabetes (QiC) awards.

Submissions have now opened for the prestigious annual programme which recognises teams which have “shared innovative practice” and demonstrated “quality in diabetes management”.

Gaining QiC recognition means an initiative has been highlighted by the NHS, people with diabetes and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

It was officially launched at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in Liverpool during a one-hour symposium chaired by Professor Gerry Rayman.

Better health outcomes

A series of case studies and past QiC winners were invited to showcase their innovation in practice and how they have generated better health outcomes for their patients.

The first case study of the night was the Evolvement and Expansion of the DICE programme which was also presented by Professor Rayman, Ipswich Hospital, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

The initiative picked up the the Best Practice Dissemination and Sustainability Award at last year’s ceremony for demonstrating reduced harm to people with diabetes in Ipswich Hospital. One of the ways they did this was establishing a fully-staffed, proactive inpatient diabetes team focused on improving care through staff education, and new systems of care.

Emma Birbeck, from the North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS), presented Enhancing Specialist Knowledge for Pharmacists to Optimise Diabetes Medication Management by NEEDS. The project picked up the Diabetes Education Programmes – Adults award as the judges were impressed with how they demonstrated that clinical pharmacists were able to improve medication safety through medication reviews, highlighting and identifying any clinical risks.

Finally, Dr Amar Puttana of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust presented The DIADEM Project: Improving the Management of Diabetes and Dementia by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

‘Emotional wellbeing’

For those who wish to enter the awards there are eight categories this year and three nomination categories.

The Mind and Body Healthy Together – Emotional Wellbeing Programmes for People with Diabetes award is a new addition and recognises initiatives that deliver emotional wellbeing support for people with diabetes of all ages and/or their families and carers.

This year will also see the introduction of the Diabetes Education Programmes – Healthcare Professionals and People with Diabetes which may include structured education, other education initiatives, influencing clinical, psychological or social well-being and are welcomed from community or secondary settings, children and adult, all types of diabetes.

Entry is open to UK & Ireland healthcare and allied healthcare professionals, NHS organisations, health and social care organisations, HSE Ireland, other healthcare organisations, patient associations, charities, professional groups, industry, public health bodies and healthcare companies.

Awards ceremony will take place at Sanofi’s Reading headquarters on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

To find out more ahout the awards, click here.

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