Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year

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Information Prescriptions: The Key to Unlocking Behaviour Change

by Diabetes UK

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Information Prescriptions was developed by Diabetes UK using collaborative design to change both clinical and patient behaviour. The tool consists of three information prescriptions (IPs), relating to the key targets in diabetes - HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol. To maximise impact and reach, the team worked with the primary care IT companies to embed it in their systems. This enabled the proactive targeting of high-risk patients, as clinicians receive real-time alerts for patients with diabetes who are outside the NICE targets. It also significantly increases the speed and effectiveness of the intervention as key patient data can be automatically populated on the IPs and a completed IP is saved on the medical record to support continuity of care.

Judges comment:

"This is a simple, low cost and robust initiative that could have a real national impact for minimal cost. It is totally patient focussed and demonstrates true collaborative working. It has been designed with sustainability in mind and has impressive leverage."


Research for the Future: The ‘Help BEAT Diabetes’ Campaign

by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR CRN: Greater Manchester and NorthWest EHealth

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To improve NHS care and focus resources effectively, we need a ‘research active nation’ where people actively help deliver high quality research. Research for the Future is an innovative collaboration between NIHR CRN: Greater Manchester (NIHR CRN:GM), North West EHealth (NWEH) and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT). Diabetes is the focus of its first ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns, which invite people with a particular health condition to register their details and research interests to give their ‘consent for approach’ and so they can be contacted about future research opportunities. This method of linking research teams with people interested in participating helps recruit to time and target.

Judges comment:

"A really interesting and different project with good patient outcomes. A strong collaboration, with many groups coming together, especially IT. Connecting patients to research is great for diabetes. This has the potential to be totally scalable, as the take-up rate so far has been pretty amazing!"


The Health Innovation Network Diabetes Improvement Collaborative

by Health Innovation Network

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The Health Innovation Network (HIN) is the Academic Health Science Network for South London. Established across 10 multidisciplinary acute diabetes teams and with three industry partners, the Diabetes Improvement Collaborative aimed to increase the uptake of insulin pump therapy for adults with type 1 diabetes. Some 15-20% of people with type 1 diabetes could benefit from pump therapy, however a local audit by the HIN in 2014 revealed that in South London this figure was between 3-15%. Since this project started in June 2014 there has been an increase of over 370 people accessing insulin pump therapy from sites in South London, equating to a rise from 8.8% to 11.9% of the South London adult type 1 population.

Judges comment:

"A well presented project, with clear and measurable objectives. It is a great example of patients, NHS and industry working together across trusts to improve pump usage."


Solihull Community MDT Project – Collaboration in Care

by Heart of England Foundation Trust / Solihull CCG

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Solihull has seen an increase in people with diabetes in the last three years of 11%, compared to the national average of 6%. In addition, diabetes has been identified by the Heart of England Foundation Trust as an area where savings on current annual spend could be made. Therefore the challenge has been to effect a redesign of the diabetes pathway achieving financial efficiency while providing quality patient care in general practice. Through collaboration between commissioners, community services, primary and secondary care the team has developed a high quality service which has enhanced the skills of the primary health care team and delivered improved outcomes and satisfaction for patients but without incurring any appreciable increase in costs.

Judges comment:

"This was another very collaborative project which had a good impact in the local area and demonstrated improvement in glycaemic control."

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  • 2023 KEY DATES
  • Open for Entry:
    Thursday 27 April 2023
  • Entry Deadline:
    Friday 7 July 2023
  • Judging Day:
    Tuesday 8 September 2023
  • Awards Ceremony:
    Thursday 12 October 2023