Best medicines optimisation initiative

This category recognises the importance of medication within the care pathway in diabetes and the need to ensure that diabetes medicines (in particular insulin) are used safely and effectively, or in the right patient at the right time. This category is open to initiatives that have ensured patient safety through better medicines management or optimisation; demonstrated efficiency, both in cost control and in treatment outcomes related to medicines management; shown innovative ways of prescribing, delivering, recording or assessing medicine use; demonstrated improved concordance/compliance with medicine taking.

Entries are welcomed from primary, community or specialist care, or from industry working with clinicians. We would also welcome initiatives from community pharmacies and CCGs.

Entries must demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • A clearly identified problem(s) with coherent aims, objectives, a documented programme of care with timescales, evidence of outcomes and follow-up data 
  • Involvement of stakeholders and/or people with diabetes in developing the initiative
  • Sustainability of the initiative
  • State how the strategy fits into existing pathways
  • Evidence on 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 staff and/or the organisation
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork and/or collaboration across departments, organisations and sectors
  • Improved effectiveness of care, with tangible indicators such as reduction of hospital admissions, length of stay and/or re-admissions
  • Improved patient experience
  • Assessment of quality improvement before and after the change initiative.





Debbie Tuesley
+44 (0)1372 414243

Siobhan Thwaites
+44 (0)1372 414247

The Diabetes Times


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