Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year - HSJ Value Awards 2019
While type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and not preventable, the onset of type 2 is often preventable. It is strongly associated with obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise, and so reducing its incidence will require a health and care service that successfully supports lifestyle change. The NHS spends £10 billion each year on care and the importance of prevention has been underscored by national action.
Diabetes is also a key strand of NHS RightCare and Getting It Right First Time. Reducing variation in care, improving treatments and adding value are a focus but helping patients improve diets and be active will have a greater effect on budgets.
This award will recognise organisations and care economies that are making progress on diabetes – whether as part of the national diabetes prevention programme, or separately. Our judges will be looking for teams who can prove that a change in approach has significantly bolstered the quality of diabetes care, and so improved financial value and patient experience. Judges will also be looking for integrated initiatives of prevention and treatment.
Entrants for this award will be any organisation from the NHS, third sector, private or community based which are working alone or in collaboration to effect change in the treatment and prevention of diabetes type 1 or 2.
- A clear rationale for the initiative including the context of the financial picture and patient experience
- An explanation of how the initiative aimed to improve the care of people with diabetes, and simultaneously improve financial value and efficiency
- An explanation of how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- Include any relation to objectives set by bodies driving better practice
Evidence that the initiative has led to an improvement in patient care for people with diabetes, and a resulting improvement in value for money. This must include a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback. How has the initiative better allocated resources on care and prevention? What has been the result for the patient experience including any reduction in variation?
Initiatives which have shared learning across departments, teams and organisation which have resulted in tangible improvements. What efforts are being made to share results?
Clear evidence the initiative has improved value. Of interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Testimonials from patients and stakeholders will help support the entry.
- Clear evidence all relevant parties were involved in the initiative, including patients, collaborating organisations, key stakeholders and staff.
- Projects that support patients with diabetes to safely self-care wherever appropriate
- Demonstrably strong partnerships across a care economy, including with the third sector as appropriate