Best dietary management initiative

This category recognises the key role that dietary management plays in the care of children, young people and adults with diabetes. However, changing dietary habits, behaviours, accessing appropriate healthy food choices and controlling blood glucose levels on a daily basis poses challenges and requires ongoing dietary management, education, organisation, regular review and support.

This category is designed to focus specifically on an initiative that has a substantial part of the programme dedicated to improving the dietary intake of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or it may be an education programme for healthcare professionals/carers. The initiative should have clear measures and outcomes that demonstrate improvements in dietary results. Dietary results could be measured in several ways through improvements in, eg, eating habits, dietary knowledge, behaviour change, quality of life, engagement with dietary education, recorded patient experience, healthcare professional/carer education.

Entries must demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • A clearly identified initiative with coherent aims, objectives, a documented programme with timescales, clear outcomes for each objective and outcome data 
  • Involvement of stakeholders and/or people with diabetes in developing the initiative
  • Improved clinical and/or quality of life and/or psychosocial outcomes
  • Quality improvement with reference to cost savings
  • Patient stories demonstrating benefit
  • Sustainability of the initiative
  • Evidence of quality improvement in the six dimensions of quality improvement; ie, there should be evidence of safety, effectiveness, efficiency (including cost savings) as well as being patient-centred, equitable and timely.
Evidence should also be shown of:
  • Transferability to other areas/organisations/departments and sectors
  • Impact on healthcare professionals, staff and/or the organisation, children, young people and families
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork and/or collaboration across departments, organisations and sectors
  • An initiative with a substantial amount of dietary education/management/ training/organisation change to improve dietary intake
  • Procedures and outcomes that can specifically measure the effectiveness of the dietary initiative
  • Data proving that the dietary initiative has been effective.





Debbie Tuesley
+44 (0)1372 414243

Siobhan Thwaites
+44 (0)1372 414247

The Diabetes Times


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