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Quality in Care Awards

The Quality in Care (QiC) awards, which Sanofi are supporting, recognises innovative projects in the UK that can help those with diabetes. These awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and learn how healthcare professionals go above and beyond to help people with diabetes.

Above: Middle, Darlington Diabetes Alliance, winners of 'Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year - Adults Award'. Dr Paul Peter, Clinical Director, Acute and Emergency Care, and Gemma Handley, Systems Manager. Left, Dr Tunde Falode, General Manager of Diabetes and Cardiovascular at Sanofi, and on the right, Mike Baxter, Diabetes Therapy Lead at Sanofi. 

Darlington Diabetes Alliance developed a new clinically-led model, a collaboration between local CCGs and Acute NHS Foundation Trusts, with primary care input from local GP Federations and GP practices. The model supports the delivery of diabetes services with primary care, providing specialist resources and developing skills within the primary care workforce to support high quality patient care. 

The new model resulted in the proportion of patients across County Durham and Darlington who achieved HbA1C levels of 59mmol/mol increasing from 57.0% to 62.4%, and admissions related to diabetic co-morbidities have steadily reduced over this period.

Mike Baxter, Diabetes Therapy Lead, Sanofi Medical, talks more about why awards like these are important:

"In diabetes, there are various groups of patients that need bespoke attention, as they have their own specific needs.

"For young people, it’s a challenging time going from childhood to adulthood in any case, without diabetes on top of that. Over the years, the QiC Diabetes awards has seen some very good ideas about how to support young people more and ease that process.

"Meanwhile, if you consider pregnant women, one aspect that could really make a difference is improve their pre-conception care. The QiC awards have recognised projects that not only provide optimum care for women at this crucial stage, but also persuaded more women to access these types of services.

"The QiC awards also included a lot of approaches that try and reduce foot amputations, a devastating complication of diabetes that is still a significant problem. It’s about educating people to prevent problems and there’s a lot more to be done there.

"It’s truly inspiring to see the class and breadth of the award winners and finalists. It shows how many of those involved in the day-to-day care of people with diabetes go the extra mile to make meaningful improvements which empower people to self-manage their condition."

For a full list of winning, highly commended and finalised entries to the 2017 QiC Diabetes Awards visit