COVID-19 has changed the way care is delivered to people with long term conditions which is exemplified by the treatment of people with diabetes. The extraordinary work undertaken during the unprecedented pressure of COVID-19 will be reflected in the 2021 awards. We are therefore focusing QiC to recognise the transformation of services and care provision which has been undertaken in response to these unprecedented times.
“COVID-19 has shone harsh light on some of the health and wider inequalities that persist in our society. It has become increasingly clear that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on many who already face disadvantage and discrimination. The impact of the virus has been particularly detrimental on people living in areas of high deprivation, on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME), and on older people, men, those with a learning disability and others with protected characteristics.”
“A central part of responding to COVID-19 and restoring services must be to increase the scale and pace of NHS action to tackle health inequalities to protect those at greatest risk.” 
Have you or your team made changes to the delivery of diabetes care to reduce the variation of care and outcomes in the COVID-19 response?
This category recognises initiatives for people with diabetes and their families and/or carers that illustrate one or more of the eight urgentactions required to tackle health inequalities. These were outlined in the latest phase of COVID-19 response and recovery that have been identified by the NHS national advisory group of leaders from within and beyond the NHS:
- Protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19
- Restore NHS services inclusively
- Develop digitally enabled care pathways in ways which increase inclusion
- Accelerate preventative programmes which proactively engage those at risk of poor health outcomes
- Particularly support those who suffer mental ill-health
- Strengthen leadership and accountability
- Ensure datasets are complete and timely
- Collaborate locally in planning and delivering action. 
Entries will be judged on five essential criteria: innovation, equality, diversity and variation, results, user feedback along with dissemination and sustainability.
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