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Supported by the Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS) this award will be presented to an individual who is based in the UK or Ireland and has delivered excellence in education in a specialist or community setting: whether through developing innovative teaching tools or courses; providing mentorship for other educators; or delivering and promoting externally developed training. He or she will have a clear patient focus and be seen as a champion for education in his or her area.
Nominations are welcome for anyone working in a professional field in a specialist or community setting, where diabetes education is a major focus of the role. You may not nominate yourself.
The nominee’s information will be posted online for the public vote within a specific time frame. The top five nominations from the public vote will then be reviewed by an independent judging panel made up of senior judges and chairs who will make the final decision on who receives the award.
The judges will be looking for evidence of innovative and successful education in 2021 to support increased awareness and knowledge of diabetes for people with diabetes and/or family and carers leading to empowerment and successful self-management, improved diabetes control and improved quality of life.
Read about the 2021 winners:
Dr Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas has been nominated for her willingness to go above and beyond in supporting and educating people living with diabetes (PWD). She has done this through her voluntary work with the Diabetes 101 team (which was set up in response to the COVID pandemic) and the DSN Forum UK. Her strong social media presence has been used to reach out and help people living with diabetes when they have asked, to help translate the complex eye screening and eye clinic letters that often cause anxiety and fear into a patient friendly language. Becky has also designed many diabetes related retinopathy infographics and also in relation to COVID-19 and the restart of screening and what this means for PWD. She also designed and presented at the Diabetes 101 downloaded conference which was specifically for PWD. Her talk was titled “The Eyes Have it” and it focused on demystifying the letters and numbers on eye screening results letters into an understandable format. She also explained the data around retinopathy to help PWD to understand more about the risks and the screening journey that PWD undertake. Becky does a lot of this extra work in her own time voluntarily.
Sally Woolgar has worked in adult type 1 diabetes for over 20 years, the last seven as the lead trainer for the national DAFNE team, making a prolonged and significant contribution to patient care. Over the last 15 months Sally has led on the creation, piloting and refinement of a remote and online patient course and associated HCP training. Her work has ensured that patient and HCPs can continue to access DAFNE training and importantly enabled seven new DAFNE centres to be trained during the pandemic, further increasing access to DAFNE courses for patients