Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year

Do you work in a collaborative partnership that has improved or changed the treatment and management of people with diabetes and their families and/or carers?

Healthcare providers, social care, patient associations, charities, non-governmental agencies and pharmaceutical companies can improve outcomes for people with diabetes, through high-quality, cost-effective treatment and management.

Collaborations across traditional sector boundaries provide opportunities to improve patient outcomes through joint working ensuring that patients get optimal care, with support to help them maximise the benefits of treatment across health and social care.

Eligible work will demonstrate joint development and implementation of patient-centred projects together with shared commitment to successful delivery. These initiatives may have operated at a local or national level.

This award will recognise outstanding collaborative projects that demonstrate working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve a common goal, i.e. initiatives created and implemented by multi-organisational partnership, for example: work carried out by teams comprising NHS, charities, social care etc that significantly contribute to self-management, avoidance of complications and treatment of diabetes.

Entries should demonstrate clear, specific goals with outcomes that have been evaluated using appropriate baseline and follow-up measures. There should be evidence of innovative collaboration, and detail of project planning, methods, safety considerations, effectiveness, timeliness, user feedback, cost efficiency and economic viability and evidence of potential/demonstrable sustainability and dissemination.

Entries to this category could include:

  • Collaborative working between health, social care teams, charities and patient groups
  • Service referral and key relationships
  • Clinical collaboration:
  • Long-term care planning for multiple and complex illnesses
  • Collaboration between primary and specialist care to identify diabetes issues early and avoid long-term complications
  • Community collaboration initiatives
  • Patient safety initiatives
  • Non-traditional collaborations i.e. technology, IT and communications
  • Clinical Commissioning Group partnerships i.e. prevention, safety initiatives
  • Local authority/government partnerships
  • Digital and technology initiatives: should be UK or Ireland based (even if they are used globally). Work must have been conducted during the 18-month period between July 2017 and December 2018 to be eligible

Judging Criteria and points: The judges will be focusing on the following areas when scoring your entry. Write your entry accordingly

Summary: provide background & brief overview of the initiative


Innovative collaboration: it is essential that applicants explain how their initiative is different and innovative compared with others e.g. novel approaches, creative solutions to longstanding problems, bridging gaps in care etc. Demonstrate strong leadership and collaboration partnerships to delivers solutions supporting improved diabetes services and outcomes


Project planning: describe the identified need for the initiative. Organisation, stakeholders, planned timeframes and milestones. Evidence of clear, specific goals and outcome measures including reasoning behind these. How did you involve service users?


Methods: putting plans into action. What did you do? Describe how the initiative was implemented, and outline the procedures and tools you used to measure outcomes


Safety considerations: risk assessment, clinical governance, ethics and any other safety considerations and how these were successfully addressed


Effectiveness: demonstrate project effectiveness to illustrate efficiency improvement(s), how the initiative brought about change to support improved outcomes and what was the impact for people with diabetes?


Timeliness: did you achieve your goals in desired/required time frame?


User feedback: evidence of support from a range of interested stakeholders, e.g. healthcare professionals and/or service users. Please include statements. Describe how feedback was collected and bias was minimised. Provide examples of service user feedback and explain how this is used


Cost efficiency and economic viability: evidence of, and maximising quality health outcomes and minimising NHS costs, getting better value from the NHS budget


Sustainability and evidence for sharing practice and dissemination:
(1) Detail of potential or secured commitment to the initiative including length of plan, resources, stakeholders, funding sources
(2) For demonstrable sustainability, describe integration, compatibility, barriers encountered, evaluation and milestones
(3) For achieved spread of initiative to wider geographical areas or other healthcare setting, include details of strategy, communication of outcomes, key messages, objectives and evaluation undertaken.


Remember: entries without results will not be judged

Don’t forget: provide a copy of any previous submission(s) for this work

Quality In Care Diabetes

  • 2020 KEY DATES
  • Open for entry: Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • Entry deadline: Friday 29 May 2020
  • Judging day: Thursday 16 July 2020
  • Awards ceremony: Thursday 15 October 2020
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