Patient empowerment has been at the heart of Kate’s strategy for developing an intermediate community service which has relocated type 1 and type 2 diabetes care into the community and is supported by a portfolio of education for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Patient engagement has been vital to the success of the service.
As a team, the community diabetes service has received successful nominations at the 2013 Quality in Care Awards and HSJ Care Integration Awards. The team were shortlisted for both leadership and diabetes team categories at the BMJ awards 2014. In 2015 the West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service was one of the first community diabetes services to be successfully recommissioned. This year, 2018, the West Hampshire team has been shortlisted by the HSJ awards for Improving Value in Diabetes for their work centred on parity of esteem and equitable access to diabetes care.