Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families, throughout the UK.
Gaining QiC recognition means an initiative has been highlighted by the NHS, patients and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.
There are 3.9 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 590,000 people who have the condition but don't know it. Its chronic nature means it is an increasing social and economic burden in the country and better, more efficient methods of care are necessary.
QiC Diabetes aims to recognise, reward and share innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.
It demonstrates the benefits and adaptability of entrants' initiatives to a wider healthcare audience, including presenting at the annual Diabetes UK Professional Conference. Further dissemination opportunities include webinars, newsletters, workshops and the communication channels of QiC Diabetes partner Sanofi and our programme supporters.
Entries are invited from anyone working in the diabetes arena in 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.
The programme is partnered by Sanofi and supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Children and Young People's Diabetes Network (CYPDN), the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), Diabetes UK, Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), Training Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes (TREND), Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum (YDEF) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).
What people think of QiC Diabetes
"Diabetes UK is once again delighted to be able to collaborate on these important awards. They highlight and promote the exciting and innovative approaches that are being implemented around the UK to improve the care of people with diabetes."
Simon O'Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK
"QiC Diabetes provides a great opportunity to celebrate, and learn from, new ways of working to drive up quality of care. I'm impressed and inspired by the class and breadth of the award winners and finalists. It shows how many of those involved in the day-to-day care of people with diabetes go the extra mile to make meaningful improvements which empower people to self-manage their condition."
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England
"I have really enjoyed educating patients, healthcare professionals and the public about diabetes throughout my career so far. To have my contribution formally acknowledged by receiving the Outstanding Educator award from the Quality in Care programme is truly humbling. I will continue to build on the diabetes education focus that my team and I have developed over the last few years."
Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant in Diabetes University Hospital Southampton, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer (University of Southampton) and winner of Outstanding Educator at QiC Diabetes 2015
"Sanofi Diabetes are pleased to support the QiC Programme again in 2016 and to be part of recognising and valuing those individuals, teams, Trusts and partnerships who demonstrate quality in care for their patients with diabetes. We are especially keen to see evidence of quality improvement in the 6 dimensions of quality - safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centred, equitable and timely."Dr Mike Baxter, Diabetes Therapy Lead, Sanofi Medical