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Type 2 diagnosis drive earns Barking and Dagenham GPs national award

By Editor
30th May 2019
London, Type 2 diabetes

Barking and Dagenham GPs have won a national award after reducing the number of people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in the area by more than 60 per cent.

NHS Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) saw off competition from across the UK to win the Diabetes Initiative of the Year accolade at the annual HSJ Value Awards.

The award is a recognition of the work undertaken to improve diabetes care in Barking and Dagenham by tackling inequalities which can limit access to treatment.

Led by the CCG and involving all 37 GP practices in the borough, it has led to a major improvement in type 2 diabetes diagnosis rates and better advice and support for those living with the condition.

We’re delighted that our innovative work to improve diabetes care has been recognised by the HSJ with this prestigious award. Dr Anju Gupta, Clinical Lead for Diabetes, Barking and Dagenham CCG

As a result, the estimated number of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes cases in the borough fell from 1,642 in 2012-13 to 624 in 2017-18 – a decrease of more than 60 per cent. Work is now continuing to ensure that it leads to ongoing improvements in care. This all represents a value to the local health economy of £3.8million over five years – against an investment of £1.2million.

This year, the HSJ Value Awards attracted more than 530 entries and the presentation ceremony in Manchester was the culmination of a process which seeks to recognise and celebrate outstanding improvement in care quality and efficiency by NHS staff and organisations.

The judges were very impressed with the high standards of entries, underlining the CCG’s achievement in being declared a winner. They praised the CCG for “sharing good diabetes practice” and “achieving significant improvements in an area of deprivation and inequality”.

Dr Anju Gupta, a local GP and Clinical Lead for Diabetes, Barking and Dagenham CCG, said: “We’re delighted that our innovative work to improve diabetes care has been recognised by the HSJ with this prestigious award. It’s a testament to the hard work of our local GPs and their teams. Our priority has always been to tackle inequalities and ensure that everyone in Barking and Dagenham has access to the same quality of care, wherever they live.

“We hope our success shows other GP practices across London and beyond that better organisation of care, clinical leadership, and effective use of clinical data can overcome the challenges posed by socioeconomic deprivation and achieve high-quality care.”

Dr Jagan John, a local GP and Chair of Barking and Dagenham CCG, said: “We’re very proud to receive the award – it’s recognition of the great work carried out by the CCG alongside our GPs, practice staff and local partners. It’s very much a team effort.

“Although we’ve already made big strides in improving diabetes care in Barking and Dagenham, we still have work to do and we’re determined to make further progress. We’ve also shared our work with colleagues in Havering and Redbridge to ensure it benefits patients across the three boroughs.”

Dr Gupta attended the presentation ceremony at Manchester Central on 23 May where she picked up the award with Dr John, and the CCG’s primary care lead for diabetes, Richard Clements.

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