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Do you work in a type 1 specialist service team?

Have you or your team made significant positive changes to a type 1 specialist service?

This category recognises initiatives that deliver specialist support for children, young people and emerging adults, and adults with type 1 diabetes, and have demonstrated a positive impact on the diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes and associated secondary complications.

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 2018 and December 2019.

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.

Winner 2019 Type 1 Specialist Service – Adults

Implementation of a National Guideline with Local Changes: Does an Abbreviated Adult Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Protocol Improve Local Uptake and Overall Clinical Care? by Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

“We are extremely delighted to have won the 2019 Quality in Careawards in London, in the section ADULTS – Type 1 Diabetes category award for our local innovation & delivery of a National DKA condensed protocol & altered to local needs. It is indeed a proud moment to see our efforts and the Trust being recognised as innovators at a national level – more so given the hard work and contributions from our dedicated diabetes team of nursing staff, junior doctors & even a medical student!”

Dr P De, Consultant Physician – Diabetes, Endocrinology & Nephrology, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham, City Hospital (Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust)

Highly Commended 2019 Type 1 Specialist Service – Children, Young People and Emerging Adults

Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Engagement and Enhanced Support Service by East and North Herts NHS Trust

“The QiC accolade of the award for our service managing disengaged young adults is an important independent recognition of the value of the project. This is now being considered for longer-term funding and can serve as an example of new models of care for Type 1 diabetes.”

Dr Peter Winocour, Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Diabetes and Endocrine Services

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: demonstrate evidence of innovation: what is new and different about your initiative 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 demonstrable quality and 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 delivered/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

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