Welcome to the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards 2021 - COVID-19 Challenges of Delivering Care for People with Diabetes and Their Families and/or Carers

COVID-19 has changed the way care is delivered to people with long term conditions now and into the future.  This is exemplified by changes in the way treatment is delivered to people with diabetes. With this clearly front of mind, the exceptional work undertaken during the unprecedented pressure of COVID-19 will be reflected, recognised and celebrated 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 extraordinary pressures and unprecedented demand.

About QiC Diabetes

Now in it’s eleventh year, QiC Diabetes recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.

Quality in Care Diabetes is partnered with Sanofi and supported by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians (ACDC), Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network (CYPDN) , the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group, The Diabetes Specialist Nurse Forum (DSN) UK, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF), Diabetes UK, JDRF the type 1 diabetes charity, Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS), Trend Diabetes, Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum (YDEF) and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).

A Quality in Care award means an initiative has been recognised by the NHS, patients and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

This is a great opportunityto win one of the prestigious awards this year and have your work shared and disseminated to a wider healthcare setting.

Entries are invited from anyone working in the diabetes arena throughout the UK and Ireland

There are big changes happening for this year’s QiC Diabetes Awards!

Firstly, we have a new online entry portal, accessible via this link: qicdiabetes.awardsplatform.com

The new entry system will streamline entering, making the whole process much simpler for you – the entrants. It will enable:

  • Complete control of your entries
  • Changes to be made up to the deadline date (no more having to re-submit via email)
  • Clear instructions on what you need to include in your entry/entries
  • Auto-confirmation that your entries have been received.

The QiC Diabetes Awards proved in 2020 that we can act nimbly to deal with any challenges and this year will be no different. The changes to existing categories and the introduction of new categories reflect an agile and thorough approach to the ongoing development of the QiC Diabetes Awards, with every category having undergone a thorough review to ensure they continue to support the NHS priorities and reflect good practice.

There are six entry categories, three nomination categories plus two exciting new entry categories:

  • Equality and Diversity – Reducing Variation of Care and Outcomes particularly as it relates to Socioeconomic, Cultural or Racial Determinants
  • Diabetes Collaborative Project of the Year

The judging criteria and entry format have been completely changed to more clearly reflect the essential criteria that the judges will be looking for: innovation, equality, diversity and variation, results, user feedback, and dissemination and sustainability.

The judges are looking for innovation beyond simply replacing face to face clinics with virtual appointments.  It is a fantastic opportunity to learn as well as reward but think AND state how your entry is different to what others are doing and what your measures of success are. Consideration will also be given to how your adaptions, changes or transformation can be translated into a sustainable, transferable intervention which could shape diabetes care into the “NEXT NORMAL.”

When preparing your entry please ensure you have read the mandatory entry rules listed below

  • Each criterion has a maximum word count and when planning your entry, you should take note of these
  • Entries are accepted for projects between March 2020 to July 2021 with six to 12 months results
  • Digital and technology initiatives should be UK or Ireland based (even if they are used globally)
  • Previous work will not be taken into account for this year’s assessment
  • The only supporting materials required are an image or video that supports your entry. This will be used in AV, on results pages and the results book if you are selected as a finalist.
  • Please carefully consider one category only to submit your project to, there will be no category reallocation by the judges
  • If you have an additional project you can enter this into another category of your choosing.

The entry rules can also be found on the how to enter page.

The QiC Diabetes 2021 Awards presentation will again take place on Thursday 14 October as a live stream event.

We can’t wait to see you all again this year as a judge, entrant, participant or winner.


“Diabetes UK is once again delighted to collaborate on these important awards. They highlight and promote the exciting and innovative approaches that are being implemented around the UK to improve the care of people with diabetes.”

Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison


Professor Partha Kar MBBS MD FRCP OBE - Consultant Endocrinologist Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, NHS England
GIRFT Co-lead, Diabetes, NHS Improvement

Quality In Care Diabetes

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  • 2021 KEY DATES
  • Open for entry:
    Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Extended Entry Deadline:
    Monday 12 July 2021
  • Judging day:
    Tuesday 7 September 2021
  • Awards ceremony:
    Thursday 14 October 2021