Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year – Adults

WINNER

World Foods: First Visual Carb Awareness Book for BAME Communities

by NWL Diabetes Transformation Programme Strategy and Transformation Team and Carbs & Cals

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The UK has over 500,000 people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities living with diabetes, and a greater number at risk of developing it. When information, education or advice is culturally focused, outcomes for people with diabetes in BAME communities improve. BAME communities in North West London wanted dietary information relating to food they recognised and advice in a format they could easily understand, but this information was not available. A collaboration was formed between Carbs & Cals and NWL Diabetes Sustainability and Transformation Plan to create a book for education and self-management in BAME communities.

Judges' comments:

"The judges loved this entry and were overwhelmingly impressed with the tailored content which has a hugely beneficial impact for the targeted demographic. The focus on collaboration with and the input from BAME communities in helping create the book was great and truly impactful. The fact that the entrants went out into different communities to gain feedback and input was an excellent example of beneficial collaboration. There is nothing like this out there and the judges felt that it was needed to fill this overwhelming gap in carb awareness. The execution and final product is slick, with a great patient focus and demonstrable continued success."


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Seven Thousand Feet – Exhibition, Events and Engagement

by Artist Christine Wilcox-Baker in collaboration with NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester

‘Seven thousand feet’ was an exhibition and series of events about diabetes (causes, prevention, management and insight into patient lives). This collaborative and innovative project brought together diverse stakeholders to engage with the public in Greater Manchester about diabetes, through visual artworks and associated science exhibits and activities. The title reflected the number of people in the UK undergoing diabetes-related amputations annually and featured 7,000 single, donated socks. It took place during Manchester Science Festival in October 2018, running on until World Diabetes Day on 14 November. Almost 2,000 members of the public and diabetes healthcare professionals saw it.

Judges' comments:

"This innovative idea demonstrated a great collaboration between healthcare and art, with a great focus on impact, for people with diabetes and for the unaware public. The exhibition was a great way of educating the public, and also makes the subject matter less scary, whilst at the same time showcasing the hidden horror of amputation associated with diabetes. It is a very effective collaboration that has the ‘wow’ factor and is different to anything else out there. The fact that this project was inclusive of everyone, regardless of if they are familiar with diabetes care or not, was a completely different way of raising awareness for the often hidden reality of limb amputation associated with diabetes.”"


HIGHLY COMMENDED

Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity to Prevent Blindness

by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), International Centre for Eye Health

More than 75% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries and recent global trends show an alarming increase in vision loss from diabetic retinopathy, highlighting the need to build capacity and strengthen diabetic eye health services at national level. Diabetic eye health services in the NHS offer a health systems approach for the prevention of vision loss. This initiative aimed to share evidence and good practice for the prevention of visual loss from diabetic eye diseases globally via the open online course, ‘Diabetic Eye Disease’, for health professionals around the world working in local diabetic services.

Judges' comments:

"This entry was impressive in its international scope with a great focus on low income countries. There is unmet need globally in recognising sight complications associated with diabetes, and the initiative recognises that healthcare systems in certain countries lack awareness around this area. The collaboration between a global network of professionals to create this initiative and raise awareness, as well as improving education and standards, is truly beneficial."



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