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Entry for Quality in Care Diabetes 2012 opens in March

The secondprogramme will be launched at this year’s Diabetes UK conference in Glasgow, from 7-9 March, recognising good healthcare practice in diabetes in the UK.

Supported by Diabetes UK, NHS Diabetes and Sanofi, QiC Diabetes 2012 comprises both an awards event and subsequent opportunities for finalists to explain why their efforts were successful to a wider healthcare audience, including presenting at the Diabetes UK’s Annual Professional Conference.

Diabetes affects 2.9 million people in UK

Diabetes was chosen as the first therapy area to be covered by QiC in 2011 due to the increasing need to find the best way to tackle the social and economic burden of the condition which now affects 2.9 million people in the UK.

Simon O’Neill, Director of Care, Information and Advocacy, Diabetes UK, said, “Diabetes UK is delighted to continue its support of QiC Diabetes. The standard of entries in the first year was outstanding and has enabled us to share and learn from best practice in the field of diabetes care. We look forward to seeing even more examples of excellence through the second QiC Diabetes programme.”

Dr Nigel Stones, part of the winning team for clinical service redesign for the Bringing Specialist Care into Primary Care project, said, “We were amazed to win the gold award in our category at QiC Diabetesmakes all the hard work worthwhile. We feel very motivated to extend our project and incorporate new ideas.”

Raising profile of diabetes care by sharing good practice

Anna Morton, Director, NHS Diabetes said, “NHS Diabetes is proud to once again be supporting the QiC Diabetes Awards Programme in 2012. Diabetes continues to be one of the greatest public health challenges this country faces. Despite all the good work being done, we are still seeing unacceptable variation in the care people with diabetes receive and we still have a lot to do. I hope that you will join us in supporting the QiC awards for another year by entering and sharing your examples of good practice and helping us to raise the profile of diabetes care in the NHS.”

Entries are invited from the NHS, industry and patient organisations, with joint working and collaboration key to the QiC Programmes.

Recognise, share and celebrate diabetes care excellence

“The NHS and its partners should be proud that each day sees delivery of the very best in diabetes care. QiC provides the opportunity to recognise, share and celebrate this excellence, and I'm proud that Sanofi Diabetes is once again supporting the awards. Following the success of last year's inaugural awards, I look forward to this year's event with keen anticipation,” said Dr Andrew Hockey, Diabetes Medical Director at Sanofi.

Visitwww.qualityincare.org/diabetesfor more details on QiC Diabetes, including details of all the finalists from last year’s awards.

with the Awards taking place at Sanofi’s Guildford headquarters in October 2012.

Online diabetes ‘knowledge hub’ to launch in March

From March onwards, case studies from over 60 diabetes-related projects that were finalists in QiC Diabetes 2011 will be available in an online ‘knowledge hub’.

Users of QiC Connect – to be accessible fromwww.qualityincare.org/- will be able to:

  • Access the initiatives which were finalists in the 2011 programme
  • Assess which initiatives may help patients in your local health area
  • Benefit from the experience of those who won QiC Awards, and make contact with them.

Anna Morton, Director, NHS Diabetes, said, “Last year’s awards were a huge success and it was humbling to see just how much fantastic and innovative work is going on in diabetes care throughout the country. This was evidenced in both the high number and high quality of entries received. We have put details of the winning entries on our website as case studies so others can see and benefit from these success stories.” 

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