This award relates to achieving gains in quality and productivity through cross-sector partnership working. It aims to recognise partnership initiatives that have facilitated new or improved services in the field of diabetes care at any point along the patient pathway, including prevention.
The Hypo Pathway by North Mersey Diabetes Network
The partnership working between this network and AstraZeneca is leading to improved patient care following a hypoglycaemic event (hypo). A lack of communication between primary care, secondary care and the ambulance service had led to missed opportunities in the past.
Several teams within the network worked together to develop and pilot a new treatment and information-sharing protocol to manage hypos as well as the delivery of additional training to ambulance staff. Specialist teams now offer comprehensive hypo assessment, post-event education and support and follow-up recommendations, which have led to improved communication, better patient outcomes and an enhanced patient experience.
Getting Sorted by Leeds Metropolitan University and Getting Sorted Enterprise
The 'Getting Sorted' programme for diabetes is a model of self-care based on the views of young people with Type 1 diabetes about what impacts on their lives and what they want in a self-care programme. The programme’s ethos is to engage young people actively at every stage and for young facilitators with Type 1 diabetes to help deliver workshops and develop the programme within Yorkshire & Humber SHA. The programme enables young people to increase their understanding of diabetes and improve selfmanagement, so reducing the risk of long-term complications.
Children and Young People with Diabetes Project Board by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
This Project Board (Yorkshire and Humber) brings together clinical leads from 20 sites in 14 Trusts that provide paediatric diabetes care to children and young people. By working in partnership they aim to improve the quality of care to patients, their families and carers and ensure equitable treatment wherever the child goes within the region. Agreement of the work programme and its implementation has worked extremely well and has led to high level, consistent clinical engagement, effective networking, sharing of good practice and true involvement in these initiatives.
New Sector Skills Council qualifications by Skills for Care
After extensive consultation a need was identified to boost the knowledge and skills of workers supporting individuals with diabetes in adult social care. Skills for Care, Skills for Health, Children’s Workforce Development Council and Care Council for Wales worked together creating practical units providing comprehensive, standardised education to up-skill the social care workforce. The qualifications recognise health and social care integration through improved partnership working. They reinforce service integration as key to providing greater clarity of roles and improved efficiency focusing on the needs of individuals with diabetes.
Safe use of insulin e-learning module by University Hospitals of Leicester
Insulin prescribing errors are common as shown by the six-year UK data that led to an initiative to improve insulin safety, including free access to an e-learning module (NHS Diabetes, National Patient Safety Agency). This e-learning module with in-built evaluation aims to improve the knowledge of all healthcare professionals (HCPs) about the safe use of insulin by completing a specifically designed e-learning module. It was developed by a multi-disciplinary team from three hospitals and virtual college was project managed by Diabetes UK.
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