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Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award 2018 winning submissions shared

By Editor
16th May 2019
Good practice, Inpatient

The winning submission from the Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award 2018 are now available to download.

In April, Dr Kath Higgins, Consultant in Diabetes Care and Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, was announced as the winner  for a project which reduces insulin errors and in-hospital DKA.

To access the winning submissions, including entries and supporting evidence, click here.

The latest theme for the national competition was ‘The best inpatient educational programme for healthcare professionals’. There were seven entries and the overall standard was described as “high”.

The Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care initiative aims to promote excellent practice in the safety of inpatients with diabetes. The submissions were judged by an independent panel chaired by former National Diabetes Clinical for Director Dr Rowan Hillson MBE against predefined criteria. The winning submissions will be available to download from Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Diabetes UK and DISN UK Group websites.

Dr Umesh Dashora, Erwin Castro and Debbie Stanisstreet led this project. The judges included Dr Anne Kilvert, Dr Clare Crowley, Sarah Gregory and Emma Green.

Winner
Dr Kath Higgins, Consultant in Diabetes Care, Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustDr Higgins and her team developed educational toolkit accessible to medical, nursing and pharmacy staff and including face-to-face training, e-learning module, monthly newsletter, social media communications with competency document and flashcards.
Runner-ups
Dr Michael Lloyd, Clinical Education Lead Pharmacist, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustDr Lloyd and her colleagues at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for their individualised and shared insulin prescribing error feedback system, Safe Insulin TipS (SIPS), and multi-professional simulation based training.

Ruth Miller, Diabetes Nurse Consultant, NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups

Ruth Miller and colleagues in North West London developed and implemented the Diabetes 10 Point Training in Acute Hospitals across the area. The clinically-based teaching programme provides quick training specifically designed for all hospital settings to address the commonest diabetes errors.

The DT was the first to report on the 2018 winners, to read our story, click here.

The winner of the Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award 2017 was Dr Stuart Ritchie, Consultant Physician at the Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian, with the judges highly impressed by his entry, ‘Development of an inpatient diabetes dashboard to drive quality improvement’.

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