Diabetes Education Programmes – Healthcare Professionals and People with Diabetes

Are you involved in diabetes education for healthcare professionals?

What are you doing to better inform and empower people living with diabetes and their families/carers?

This award has two entry sections:

  • Initiatives for the educational needs of HCPs to advance skills and knowledge to support effective and efficient management of people with diabetes
  • Initiatives to educate and empower people with diabetes and/or their families and carers to self-manage and stay as healthy as possible.

Programmes may include structured education, other education initiatives, influencing clinical, psychological or social well-being and are welcomed from community or secondary settings, children and adult, all types 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 innovation, 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.

Entry section 1: education initiatives for  healthcare professionals
Entries could include:

  • Programmes, tools and resources for non-registered and registered HCP practitioners
  • Mentoring services
  • Train the trainer programmes i.e. HCP trained to train other HCPs in the management of diabetes
  • Diabetes screening, diagnosis, treatment, care planning and management of diabetes complications
  • Foot risk awareness and management
  • insulin safety, safe use of insulin pumps and associated devices/tools
  • Care of children and young people
  • Reducing variation of care
  • Increasing patient attendance rates: clinic, education etc.
  • Pharmacies working to provide safe effective pharmacological management of diabetes to include cross disease management with diabetes as primary disease.

Entry section 2: education initiatives for people  with diabetes and/or their families/carers
Entries could include:

  • GP practice/CCG programmes for significant improvement in attendance at structured education programmes
  • Health literacy in self-management – bridging the gap between what HCPs know and what patients and families/carers understand
  • Educational 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
  • Safety and awareness of potential complications and early warning signs
  • Personalised advice on weight management, nutrition and physical activity from appropriately trained healthcare professional as part of structured education programme
  • Pharmacies working to provide safe effective pharmacological management of diabetes to include cross disease management with diabetes as primary disease
  • Foot and eye care education and services initiatives
  • Women’s health: preconception, pregnancy and contraception
  • Self-management education for people with diabetes who have long term conditions requiring specialist services e.g. cardiovascular disease or cystic fibrosis.

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


Innovation: 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


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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