Diabetes Education Programmes

What are you doing to better inform and empower adults living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their families/carers?

This award recognises those teams and individuals that are working to educate and empower adults to self-manage their diabetes to help those living with diabetes 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 clinical settings.

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, effectiveness, timeliness, safety considerations, economic viability and evidence of potential/demonstrable sustainability and dissemination.

Entries to this category could include:

  • GP practice/CCG 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 2016 and December 2017 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
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • 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, contraception and menopause
  • Self management education for people with diabetes who have long term conditions requiring specialist services eg cardiovascular disease or cystic fibrosis

Scoring criteria, judges will be looking for evidence of:



Section scores

Guidance on content

Section 7

Main Outcomes

Max 20 points from 2 subsections

For this category the judges are particularly interested in the innovative aspects of your initiative. This is highlighted in the first section of the submission statement




Background, brief overview of the initiative.




Demonstrate evidence of innovation: what is new and different about your initiative eg novel approaches, creative solutions to longstanding problems, bridging gaps in care etc.

Section 8

Planning & Methods

Max 40  points from 3 subsections

This section provides further details of how the initiative was developed


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?




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


Describe risk assessment, clinical governance, ethics and any other safety considerations and how these were addressed



Total of 40 points divided between 5 quality improvement areas

This section provides details of results for outcomes outlined in Section 8A-8C, along with user feedback, economic viability, potential or achieved impact, dissemination and sustainability.




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




Did you achieve your goals in desired/required time frame?


User feedback


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


Maximising quality health outcomes and minimising NHS costs, getting better value from the NHS budget


Sustainability and evidence for sharing practice  and dissemination


Detail of potential or secured commitment to the initiative including length of plan, resources, stakeholders, funding sources. For demonstrable sustainability describe integration, compatibility, barriers encountered, evaluation and milestones.

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

  • Launch at Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2018:
    14 March
  • Entry closing date: 1 June
  • Judging day: 19 July
  • Awards ceremony: 18 October
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