Teams urged to join second NDA Quality Improvement Collaboratives cohort

By Editor
31st March 2021
Audits, Cardiovascular disease

Local teams in England and Wales are being asked to join the second cohort of the NDA Quality Improvement Collaboratives (QICs).

Recruitment for the first cohort of the 2021-22 QIC programme was completed earlier this year. However, some services were not able to apply due to pressures brought on by the pandemic.

It is because of this that the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is providing specialist services, CGGs and Health Boards with another opportunity to participate, forming a second cohort across 2 collaboratives.

Specialist services are invited to apply for collaborative 1 to explore approaches to improving the rate of achievement of target glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes. Collaborative 2 is seeking 10 CCGs or Health Boards to join and explore how to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes.

It is hoped this new intitiave will reduce the amount of variation in achievement of preventive care targets by geography and by individual General Practice.

‘Undertake improvements ‘

A spokesperson said: “We are now seeking to recruit teams including CCG diabetes leads to join a new QIC to explore approaches to reducing cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes because the NDA shows the continuing high risk of CVD and associated premature mortality. There is considerable variation in achievement of preventive care targets by geography and by individual General Practice.

“We are inviting CCG and Health Board diabetes teams, who would like to undertake improvements related to the above aspects of care, to work together with nine others to develop improvement skills to plan and implement a project and to share learning.

“The core local team should consist of a lead for diabetes care in the local commissioning team / Welsh Health Board; a member of the diabetes specialist team; a member of the primary care team. This core team will work with a wider team of local stakeholders, including people with diabetes and the local public health team.”

The three core team members will take part in a series of interactive webinars on Microsoft Teams. They will work alongside peers from across England and Wales, the teams will be supported to engage stakeholders, analyse local performance, identify influences upon performance, select improvement actions, develop commitment for the improvement actions, monitor performance, and share lessons and resources.

The collaborative will be supported from May 2021 to May 2022, and after that participants will be asked how they would like to proceed thereafter.

There is no charge to join the collaborative, but a commitment to engage with the webinars and to develop, implement and evaluate service changes is required.

Before application forms are submitted it is suggested that it is discussed with the Chief Executive of the local CCG/Welsh Health Board first. There is capacity for up to 10 teams to join the collaborative and if over-subscribed sites will be selected based upon the application. For any question, email:

The closing date is Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

To apply, click here.

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