Turning MDT Clinic into a Group Experience for 9-11 Year Olds
by The Hillingdon Hospital
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While the structured education provided in diabetes for newly-diagnosed families has been well attended at Hillingdon Hospital, refresher education for those diagnosed more than one year has always been poorly attended. By taking an innovative approach to existing clinic time, this education was delivered within an existing clinic structure, utilising both room and staff availability and optimising patient attendance. Self-management education is known to improve outcomes, as well as saving the hospital costs of an admission due to complications.
"This entry was a clear winner because of its clinical application and transferability, which has the potential to be widely replicable and beneficial for diabetes teams across the country. This entry took the standard MDT and made it into something completely new and different, by innovatively restructuring an existing quarterly clinic. The judges loved the creative thought that had gone into the activities for young people, and how the programme took the time to build relationships between the children and between the parents. Attendance and reported increase in parent knowledge was good, and there was a range of positive feedback from group participants and the healthcare professionals involved in the clinic. With demonstrable sustainability within best practice funding of clinics, and scope for application in other age groups and health conditions, the judges considered this well-written entry a worthy winner."