Diabetes Professional of Year


WINNER

Vicki Alabraba

Reason for nomination

Vicki is a DSN at Liverpool Diabetes Partnership. Liverpool’s diverse population means we have to think of innovative ways to provide support and information to our patients. Vicki has embraced the world of social media through twitter, Facebook, Instagram, webpages and recently Tik Tok using her expertise and enthusiasm to keep patients and carers motivated in self-management. Using opportunities such as VE day to remind service users we are still there to support and promoting diabetes related calendar events such as Insulin safety week. She has been inspirational.


FINALIST

Dr Chizo Agwu

Reason for nomination

Dr Agwu has been an excellent leader of our team since I have worked with her back in 2002. She is focussed on a child and family centred approach that puts the needs of the young people first. She has a compassionate and caring approach along with excellent leadership skills to help the rest of the team. She encourages the team to have an active involvement as to how we move forward.

Results/outcomes achievement

Our results show that we are the best diabetes team in the West Midlands for HbA1c results and this has been the case for a number of years consistently. This is amazing as Sandwell and City areas are one of the most deprived and challenging for a number of reasons.
I am really proud of what Dr Agwu has achieved and continues to achieve.
Please check out the recent NPDA audits for the last 5-6 years.


FINALIST

Dr Manir Aslam & Dr Anu Basu

Reason for nomination

I am nominating two people Dr Manir Aslam (Broadway Health Centre) and Dr Ansu Basu (Consultant Diabetologist Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital) for their outstanding work on Diabetes in Primary care. I am nominating two people Dr Manir Aslam (GP Partner Broadway Health Centre) and Dr Ansu Basu (Consultant Diabetologist Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital) for their outstanding work on Diabetes in Primary care. Both Dr Aslam and Dr Basu are very proactive in delivering diabetes care in an innovative patient centred approach together, the Trust and Primary Care.

Results/outcomes achievement

- Diabetic Register
- Clinical Systems
- Population Management Model Pathway
- Inhouse diabetes dashboard
- Eight diabetic processes to monitor this group of patients’ diabetic management
- Right person: Right time: Right care; Right place
- Development, implementation and dissemination at Primary care network level


FINALIST

Tamsin Fletcher-Salt

Reason for nomination

I nominate Tamsin Fletcher-Salt who is my mentor. She has helped me settle into our team and has been an example to follow. Tamsin has launched our Libre starts, webinars, virtual starts making it possible for many of our patients to have it on prescription. She has also become an administrator at the DSN UK Forum and is part of the Diabetes 101 group. An amazing diabetes support group that has inspired people to learn more about diabetes and has helped people with diabetes during COVID. She is also doing a masters. Definitely an example to follow and Tamsin has won employee of the month too.

Results/outcomes achievement

- More people with diabetes have got the FreeStyle Libre
- Has also adapted our clinics to virtual due to COVID, which has made it possible to continue reviewing patients and being able to offer libre and pump starts.
- Developed a diabetes Facebook support page for our patients.


FINALIST

Sr Elaine Harkins

Reason for nomination

Sr Harkins has been a well established member of the Clyde Diabetes team for a number of years. There are a number of reasons I feel she deserves this nomination, and specifically for work over the last year. Over her long time working with the RAH (Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley) she has developed into a knowledgeable and experienced nurse specialist (currently a band 7 DSN). She is a DAFNE educator and regularly leads courses for our local type 1 population. She is very experienced with all types of diabetes, and in particular specialises in type 1 care, leading her own nurse led clinic

Results/outcomes achievement

- A planned prospective observational audit of impact of changing to group education for patients with gestational diabetes.
- Introduction: “Gestational diabetes can be defined as carbohydrate intolerance of variable severity with onset or first recognition during pregnancy”. (1)  
- Aims: This planned prospective observational audit of relevant outcomes of women diagnosed with GDM, was designed to look at the impact made by changing education of women with GDM from individual to group sessions.
- Method: We used Trakcare to collect CHI numbers and clinical portal and SCI diabetes to search for


FINALIST

Andrew McGovern

Reason for nomination

Patients with diabetes who become pregnant and have raised fasting blood glucose, face a number of issues including high birthweight and poor pregnancy outcomes. Traditional treatment has been led by professional input, however, the outcomes have remained poor. Dr McGovern led a quality improvement project to improve fasting glucose in gestational diabetes by implementing a patient led, insulin dose titration algorithm.

Results/outcomes achievement

Patients who were given the algorithm to control their insulin dosing had significantly better glycaemic control, which translated into improved birth outcomes and baby weight. This was achievable without increasing the number of severe hypoglycaemic events, and do not seem to have been influenced by any other changes. Dr McGovern has shown that by trusting our patients with their care using simple instructions we can achieve better health outcomes. He is currently in the process of preparing this project for publication, I have included his draft abstract to support this application.


FINALIST

June Murphy

Reason for nomination

Since joining us in 2014 to set up our Southampton pump service, June has been an inspiration to our team. She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for both patients and staff, initiating 128 pumps and managing 378 patients. June builds relationships from trust and respect. The support she gives often beyond her official hours, results in decreased hospital admissions, improved outcomes and improved quality of life. Many health care professionals have benefited from her formal teaching as well as the experience and knowledge that only come from 26 years of working as a diabetes nurse.

Results/outcomes achievement

- Co-created ‘pump-’ and ‘bump-buddies’ local online peer support groups,
- Set up local insulin pump pregnancy pathway,
- Organised and co-delivered 4 annual local pump conferences,
- Delivers pump education regularly to primary and secondary care HCPs,
- Created a local online pump troubleshooting guide for primary care and hospital front door teams
- Several oral and poster presentations at key national diabetes professional meetings and conferences.
- Invited to 2018 Medtronic International Centre of Reference King’s College London Pump conference based on her contribution to pump therapy


FINALIST

Ateeq Syed

Reason for nomination

Dr Syed is the clinical lead for the diabetic foot service and also site lead at Heartlands Hospital. He has also recently been Diabetes UK Clinical Champion

Results/outcomes achievement

Dr Syed has led a number of initiatives leading to improvement of the diabetic foot service and a reduction in the number of amputations. He has also led projects working within the community by going to schools to improve the public health perspective of prevention of diabetes


FINALIST

Andrea Urwin

Reason for nomination

Andrea has worked as a type 1 diabetes nurse specialist and Educator for more than two decades. She is the DAFNE educator and her commitment and care towards the patients is highly appreciated. She is a dedicated nurse who puts the patient first. She is also actively involved in research, contributing to evidence based care.



Quality In Care Diabetes

QiC Diabetes 2020 Awards Announced

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  • 2020 KEY DATES
  • Open for entry: Wednesday 18 March 2020
  • Entry deadline: Monday 20 July 2020
  • Judging day: Thursday 10 September 2020
  • Awards ceremony: Thursday 15 October 2020
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