Diabetes UK were winners three times over at last night’sQuality in Careawards.
Their first win was for best integrated IT/digital applications initiative with#Type1uncut.
#Type1uncut was set up by Diabetes UK to provide a series of online resources that help young adults with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition. The aim of the initiative was to assist in the effective transition of young adults from paediatric to adult care.
It includes videos about what it is like to live with Type 1 diabetes - from chats about sex to tips on dealing with over-caring parents – with an emphasis on not sugar-coating the issues. Followers can communicate on Twitter and Google Hangouts.
One judge said: “We thought this was an effective way of using technology to address different needs and it gives a valuable and honest insight from Type 1 patients.” Another commented: “I would have really benefitted from this resource at this age and I will definitely recommend this to healthcare professionals for transition support”.
Diabetes Scotland won the best initiative for children, young people and emerging adults award for their‘Making Connections’youth engagement toolkit.
Their aim was to improve the overall clinic experience for young people with Type 1 diabetes and address issues of disengagement and poor glycaemic control in this group. Diabetes Scotland invited people aged 16-25 years old living with the condition to participate in developing a ‘Youth Engagement Toolkit’.
Young people were able to influence
They developed and delivered innovative youth engagement training and supportive materials to healthcare professionals working in diabetes clinics in Scotland in order to encourage a more supportive environment for youngsters at clinics. The young people were able to influence the content and direction of the materials and were supported to co-deliver workshops with healthcare professionals, adding authenticity and ensuring meaningful participation. Young people were also encouraged to run local online groups to promote peer-support and shared learning. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Quality in Care judges said the initiative had made a huge impact on the young people it aimed to serve and applauded the inclusion of youth workers.
The third win of the night was again for Diabetes Scotland who stood out as the best initiative to support equality of care in vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ groups.
DiabEtes at your Finger Tips(DEFT) was set up to pilot a new way of communicating diabetes information and services to older people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Glasgow, supporting them to understand the condition better and manage diabetes confidently, enjoying a better quality of life with fewer diabetes complications, and living healthier for longer.
Healthy activities being sustained by linking with local services
Over 17 months, staff and volunteers helped participants understand the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes and related complications, and supported them to deal with the daily responsibilities of self-management. Data shows 92% of participants set themselves healthy goals and 85% took steps towards reaching them. Groups are sustaining healthy activities by linking with local services and providing peer support to one another.
The judges said the winning initiative was highly innovative, flexible and very dynamic. One judge said: “We liked the variety of methods used and thought it truly accessible to all patients.”
Colette Marshall, Diabetes UK Director of Operations, said: “We are here to support people with diabetes and are delighted that the great work of volunteers, staff for young people with Type 1 diabetes and for the elderly with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes has been recognised. Young people and the elderly have challenging healthcare needs and these projects are making a difference but none of this could have been possible without our donors who provide the vital funding for these important initiatives.”