NW London diabetes programme wins HSJ Award

Our diabetes team won this year’s prestigious HSJ Value award for ‘Improving value through diabetes care'

NW London diabetes programme wins HSJ Award

Congratulations to our diabetes team who won this year’s prestigious HSJ Value award for ‘Improving value through diabetes care’.

Across NW London a huge programme of work is being undertaken across a population of 2.3 million people to improve diabetes care and patients are already seeing the benefits.

The programme team have a vision to provide patient centred care, where all patients with diabetes receive a world-class experience and are supported in achieving the best outcomes.

Their aims include: preventing people developing type 2 diabetes, supporting patients with type 2 diabetes achieve remission where possible and improving education of diabetes using apps and digital technology to encourage and support self-help for patients. They are also working to support clinical teams through education, shared communication and joining up clinical care and processes, so that patients are seen at the right time, in the right place and by the right person with the right skills.

A number of achievements have led the team to win this award. So far across NW London, thanks to the diabetes programme, the number of patients identified as being at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and now receiving regular follow up by their GP has grown by over 90,000. More than 12,000 have received referral into the “Healthier You” National Diabetes Prevention Programme, a 9 month intensive course designed to reduce the risk of progression to diabetes through healthier eating and increased physical activity.

As one of the “digital first” steps, self-care apps have been introduced to support education and lifestyle change in patients with type 2 diabetes. An initial evaluation has demonstrated significant improvements in key measures such as weight, blood pressure and HbA1c (a measure of average blood glucose), which predict long term complications such as heart attack, stroke, foot ulceration, kidney or eye damage.

Another key success has been to reduce variability in care and significantly increase the number of patients achieving all 3 NICE-recommended treatment targets for healthy levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and HbA1c. Achievement of these is known to improve outcomes and reduce the risk of complications.

Lesley Robertson, programme director for the initiative, said:

"Improving diabetes care across NW London is a huge challenge, and one that all staff supporting people with diabetes have embraced since we received transformation funding.

Hundreds of clinical staff are now working together to prevent type 2 diabetes, improve information and education, train together so that patients have consistent experience. Together we have built a website – www.knowdiabetes.org.uk where we can collaborate. We are thrilled to receive this award; it is a fitting tribute to the dedication of all staff throughout NW London who work with people with diabetes daily.”