Rowan Hillson winner picks up prize

By Editor
6th June 2018
Care planning

The winner of the Rowan Hillson Insulin Safety Award 2017 has said how the newly developed inpatient dashboard has been integral to “driving quality improvement in inpatient diabetes care in our hospital”.  

Dr Stuart Ritchie, consultant physician at the Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian, was declared the winner after the judges declared his entry, ‘Development of an inpatient diabetes dashboard to drive quality improvement’, the best submission.

Dr Ritchie, who picked up the prestigious winning certificate at a recent ABCD meeting in Glasgow, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Rowan Hillson safety award for best digital initiative. Utilising bedside capillary glucose measurements in an inpatient dashboard has been a key part in driving quality improvement in inpatient diabetes care in our hospital.

“It is invaluable to have the ability to learn from interventions that drive improvement, but to also be able visualise areas that would benefit from focused intervention. This project has been invaluable in facilitating conversations and understanding in the importance of good inpatient diabetes care, with non specialist colleagues.”

The submissions were judged by an independent panel chaired by Dr Rowan Hillson MBE against predefined criteria. The winning submissions are available to download from ABCD, Diabetes UK and DISN UK Group websites.

Joint British Diabetes Society runs this national award every year to find good practices in the UK to improve patient safety in people with diabetes.

Dr Umesh Dashora, Erwin Castro and Debbie Stanisstreet have been leading on this project for the last four years. More details can be obtained from

The winners of this prestigious competition received their award at the Association of British Clinical Diabetologist in May from Dr Umesh Dashora (lead, safer insulin prescribing group) and Dr Dinesh Nagi (Chairman, ABCD). Russell Drummond, ABCD’s general secretary, co-ordinated the ceremony.

Dr Charlotte Boughton, Diabetes and Endocrinology SpR and Clinical Research Fellow, of King’s Insulin Safety Group, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, was highly commended for her entry ‘Preventing hypoglycaemia following treatment of hyperkalaemia in hospitalised patients’.

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