- Best type 2 diabetes prevention initiative
- Best screening or early detection initiative
- Best initiative supporting self-care
- Best integrated care initiative
- Best emergency or inpatient care initiative
- Best initiative managing complications associated with diabetes
- Best safe care of patients initiative
- Clinical service redesign
- Best programme for specialist groups
- NHS team of the year working in diabetes
- Community initiative of the year
- Pharmaceutical industry-led initiative of the year
- Partnership working of the year
- Innovation award
- Peoples award
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Best emergency or inpatient care initiative
This award recognises the importance of providing specialised, tailored and safe care to people with diabetes while in hospital. Submissions were welcomed for initiatives in both situations, where diabetes is or is not the cause of admission.
Winner: ThinkGlucose by Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust launched the ThinkGlucose project with the aims of i) increasing awareness of diabetes in inpatients, ii) ensuring early involvement of specialists with an early discharge/follow-up plan to reduce the length of stay and iii) reducing prescription errors and improving patient care through updated guidelines. It achieved these aims with a reduction in insulin prescription errors, a drop in inappropriate referrals and an improvement in hypoglycaemia management. ThinkGlucose has been a clear success, resulting in improved outcomes for various diabetes related endpoints.
Second place: ThinkGlucose by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Following an unsatisfactory National Inpatient Survey in 2009, the Trust implemented the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovations ThinkGlucose project. After a fruitful years work from four highly motivated and committed work streams, referrals to the diabetes specialist team have increased; staff are graded as above the National Average in their ability to answer questions on diabetes; length of stay for patients with a secondary diagnosis of diabetes has reduced by one day and patients feel that their diabetes care, while in hospital, has improved since their last admission. Two CQUINS were attached to the project both of which were achieved with a £515,000 monetary value.
Third place: Inpatient Project by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
A cross-sectional hospital audit showed an increase in the secondary diagnosis of diabetes, so this team developed an in-patient project targeting four specific areas of emergency, vascular surgery, elderly and renal patients with dedicated nurse, and medical time on a daily basis. Improvements in the length of stay, reduction in re-admissions, reduction of in-hospital hypoglycaemic events along with improvement in both in-patient and staff satisfaction were evident. The project has been a success, leading to a reduction in re-admissions, an improvement in length of stay and increased patient and staff satisfaction.