Entry guidelines

Welcome to Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes. Now in its sixth year the programme recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice that demonstrates quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families, throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

We are delighted that you are sharing your innovative practice by entering QiC Diabetes for an opportunity to win one of the prestigious awards.

Please read the entry guidelines carefully.

You will also find them on the entry form for ease of reference.

Writing an effective QiC Diabetes entry takes careful planning. You must detail your aims and objectives. Your objectives must be SMARTER – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluated and Reviewed. To help you write a winning entry please download the Seven Steps to Success, which offers advice and guidance on how to make your entry stand out.

Entries are invited from anyone working in the diabetes arena, throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. Whatever the area of patient care and/or diabetes service delivery, if your initiative or programme relates to diabetes in any way, you should enter. Judges are keen to review a wide spectrum of entries and to recognise the innovative practice that we know is out there.

Entries for certain categories are decided by nomination. Submit your choice for who should win the People's Award, Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year or Outstanding Educator in Diabetes.

Plan your entry

  • Take a look at the categories to decide which one is most appropriate for your work. Please note that an initiative can be entered in one category only. However, an entrant can submit multiple initiatives into the appropriate categories
  • We welcome initiatives and programmes that were conducted between January 2010 and December 2015
  • There is no entry fee
  • Total word count of each entry must not exceed 2,500 words in total or may be subject to disqualification by the judging panel. The word count of 2,500 words does not include the supplementary material
  • We encourage you to submit supplementary material to support your initiative, as these will be reviewed on judging day, but not beforehand
  • Review winning entries from last year.
  • Entries must be from within the UK and Northern Ireland


Entry criteria

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  1. Innovation ie making changes for improved services and outcomes, in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products; or introduce something new
  2. Aims and objectives
  3. Baseline data and evidence of quality improvement in terms of effectiveness, safety equity, efficiency/cost effectiveness, replication and sustainability
  4. Evidence, where possible, of diabetes service user involvement in the development of the initiative or its evaluation.

Entry Judging Criteria and Scoring System

Situation analysisAssessment and evaluation of current situation and customers, identifying innovative opportunities to improve services and outcomes for diabetes service user and/or their families.0-5 points
Aim and objectivesAre the objectives clearly explained, measurable and appropriate to the initiative?0-5 points
Planning and implementationHow effective were the methods used to deliver the initiative?
How well were they implemented?
0-10 points
Audit and resultsAll objectives should be clearly measured and reported.
How did you review your initiative? ie structure, process and measurements of the objectives
0-15 points
ImpactHow successful was the initiative at the end?0-15 points
EvaluationWas the initiative subject to formal evaluation and were the measures of success appropriate?
What evidence-based data and measurement exists to support the success of the programme?
0-15 points
Diabetes service user and/or families/carers experienceHow experience was measured and how well was the initiative received?0-20 points
Future benefitsWhat impact does the project potentially have in the future?0-10 points
SustainabilityHow sustainable was the initiative?
What level of impact has the project had (relative to available budget/resources) within its intended environment?
0-10 points
ReplicationHow easily could the initiative be adapted by relevant organisation?  ie NHS Foundation Trusts and Trusts, charities, patient associations.0-10 points

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