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JBDS-IP the Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award 2022

Winners of the JBDS-IP Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award 2022

On 7th May 2022, the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS-IP) announced the winners of the Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award 2022 for Best Interventions: Redesigning, rebuilding, and maintaining safe inpatient diabetes care during COVID.

Read the full announcement 


This year's judges were:

  • Clare Crowley
  • Gerry Rayman
  • Susannah Rowles
  • Rose Stewart
  • Esther Walden

With final decisions made by Rowan Hillson (chair). 

A statement from Rowan Hillson:

Over the last two years healthcare teams around the country have faced unprecedented pressures from COVID, and its aftermath in addition to their usual high workload.  Everyone involved in this project – organisers, judges, entrants, and project participants – has faced a personal high risk of infection, and the loss of loved ones, friends and colleagues. So this year’s projects and applications have taken an especial commitment towards improving patient care. Thank you very, very much.

Thank you again, Christine Jones (JBDS Administrator), for keeping us all on track. I enjoyed reading the entries but did not judge them.


Congratulations to Dr Punith Kempegowda on behalf of the DEKODE team and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts on their winning Digital Evaluation of Ketosis and Other Diabetes Emergencies project, a cloud-based DKA management monitoring system (involving Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, City Hospital, Sandwell Hospital, Walsall Manor Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, and Good Hope Hospital).

The judges said “A very well-thought out, adaptable project, focussing on one of the main areas of harm. An outstanding initiative engaging those at the front line through a QI initiative combined with excellent support tools and guidance. Clear and robust reporting of outcomes with baseline comparators. Strong and clearly defined impact. Excellent and proven adaptability with cost information. The DKA video is excellent. Strong learning outcomes – I particularly valued the reflection on the impact of this project on junior doctors and medical students. The impact on uniformity of care across the various hospitals is an important achievement. The project also allowed collection of DKA data during the COVID period which has been published. The project involved a number of trusts and was successfully implemented in each.”

Highly Commended

A close second was Dr Adrian Li for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for a project on remote blood glucose monitoring as a means to facilitate admission avoidance and safe early discharges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The judges said “Very clearly written application detailing a well-planned and innovative approach with a high level of academic rigour despite the fast implementation. Objectives are clearly linked to optimising clinical care during COVID outbreak and recognise importance of both patients experience and improved clinical care. Well funded project. Great embedding of digital tech and future proofing. Useful learning about the wider systems issues that needed to be considered and design aspects for achieving best outcomes. Good example of cross boundary working.”

Best wishes and thanks to all participants, organisers, and judges of this year’s award.

Please find the submission and supporting documents for Dr Punith Kempegowda, DEKODE team and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts below.

Dr Punith Kempegowda, DEKODE team and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trusts Submission

Submission supporting documents:

DKA and COVID Endocrine Connections

DKA and HHS Educational Talk

DKA Guideline GIF

DKA BMJ Open Diabetes

DKA Presentation 26th January 2022

DKA Protocol Image

Please find the submission and supporting documents for Dr Adrian Li, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust below. 

Dr. Adrian Li, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Submission

Submission supporting documents

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