Quality in Care nominations open
Submissions for this year’s prestigious Quality in Diabetes Care (QiC) awards have opened.
The announcement was made during the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in Glasgow where several winners from last year talked about their initiatives.
The QiC awards recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice which has demonstrated quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.
QiC Diabetes provides a great opportunity to celebrate, and learn from, new ways of working to drive up quality of care
Dr Gerry Rayman told delegates at the conference that the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust team were “very proud” to have scooped the best improvement in quality of inpatient care initiative prize for the Diabetes Inpatient Care and Education (DICE) project.
The Sugar Buddies programme was commended in the best peer-to-peer category last year and Kelly, a student nurse from Southampton, told conference attendees how beneficial the initiative had been to her after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, the national clinical director for obesity and diabetes for NHS England, said: “QiC Diabetes provides a great opportunity to celebrate, and learn from, new ways of working to drive up quality of care.
“I’m impressed and inspired by the class and breadth of the award winners and finalists. It shows how many of those involved in the day-to-day care of people with diabetes go the extra mile to make meaningful improvements which empower people to self-manage their condition.”
This year a new category, the diabetes healthcare professional of the year, has been introduced which recognises HCPs who have “succeeded in raising standards of care over and above their day-to-day role”.
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.
Sanofi said judges are “keen to review a wide spectrum of entries and recognise the innovative practice that we know is out there”.
The closing date for entries will be Friday, May 27 and the judging will take place on Thursday, July 21.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Sanofi’s Guildford headquarters on Thursday, October 13