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Diabetes care honoured at Quality in Care awards

Winners at the first Quality in Care Diabetes Awards included NHS organisations from across the UK

Best practice in diabetes care and collaboration from across the UK was last night recognised at the inaugural Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards.

Held at Sanofi's headquarters in Guildford, winners at the ceremony included the North Mersey Diabetes Network in 'Partnership working of the year' for its work with AstraZeneca on the Hypo Pathway to improve communications between primary care, secondary care and ambulance services.

Other winners presented awards by NHS Diabetes director Anna Morton and Diabetes UK's director of care, information and advocacy Simon O'Neill, included BBI Healthcare for 'Pharmaceutical industry-led initiative of the year'. The company won for its HypoBox initiative as a 'one-stop' hypoglycaemia management first aid box.

'NHS team of the year working in diabetes' was the Lakeside Diabetes Team of NHS South East London, Bexley Business Support Unit led by Dr Maryam Tahmassebi, while Whittington Health won 'Best initiative supporting self-care' for its Co-Creating Health project.

The winner of the 'People's Award', a special prize to honour an individual going out of their way to make a difference in diabetes, was given to Angela Allison. She was inspired to develop the Diabetes Power (diabetespower.org.uk) website after her 10-year-old daughter Claudia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

QiC Diabetes is the first in a new series of programmes to highlight good healthcare practice in key therapy areas in the UK. The programme has been developed by PMLiVE's publishers the PMGroup with support from NHS Diabetes, Diabetes UK and Sanofi.

Diabetes was chosen as the first QiC therapy area due to the increasing need to find the best way to tackle the social and economic burden of a condition that now affects 2.8 million people in the UK.

Future therapy areas to be covered by QiC include cancer, mental health and dementia. The vision for QiC is to highlight good ideas, whether from an individual, a team within an organisation or a collaborative effort between organisations, recognise the best of them and share them as widely as possible across the NHS so that as many patients as possible can benefit from initiatives that have been designed and delivered by those who work in the healthcare community every day.

The full results from QiC Diabetes are now online.

17th November 2011

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