Work to provide better, easier support and care to people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly living with diabetes has been highly commended at a national awards ceremony.
Behind the scenes, NHS Kernow has been working with a team of clinicians, Public Health specialists and patients to develop a project to improve the quality of life for people with the condition.
The virtual diabetes pathway, first piloted in north Kerrier, was co-produced to use technology to cut out the inconvenience for patients living with diabetes by reducing the time they have to wait and travel to hospital appointments, and bring their care closer to home.
New secondary care referrals were emailed directly to a dedicated email address with the patient’s consent, following intermediate review by the diabetes specialist nurse within the GP practices.
Judges of the National Quality in Care (QiC) in Diabetes awards were wowed by the work of the teams and awarded them a commendation in the Patient Care Pathway – Adults category.
Dr Alison Flanagan, clinical lead for long term conditions at NHS Kernow, said: “I was proud to accept this commendation on behalf of the large team of clinicians which included a diabetes consultant, GPs, practice and community nurses, specialist nurses and podiatrists, as well as public health specialists, CCG’s prescribing teams and commissioners and patients who developed this pathway.
“The virtual pathway has allowed easier and quicker access to a specialist opinion to support improvements in care for people living with Type 2 diabetes without the need for patients to travel to hospital.”
Amanda Veall, lead diabetes specialist nurse at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said
“To be shortlisted and to receive a commendation in such a strong field for a project that has improved the diabetes pathway for adults in Cornwall, is a major achievement.
“This integrated project has demonstrated key outcomes for improved care and process between organisations, without additional costs. The aim is to extend it countywide for diabetes and consideration within other specialities.”
The ceremony took place at the Surrey headquarters of pharmaceutical company Sanofi UK last Thursday (12 October).
Dr Hubert Bland, country medical chairman and medical head of diabetes and cardiovascular, Sanofi UK, said: "Sanofi Diabetes is pleased to support the QiC Programme again in 2017 and to be part of recognising and valuing those individuals, teams, trusts and partnerships who demonstrate quality in care for their patients with diabetes.
“We are especially keen to see evidence of quality improvement in the six dimensions of quality: safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centred, equitable and timely."
The award recognises, rewards and shares innovative practice which demonstrates quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.
Photo caption: Left Dr Paru King, Derby Hospital, chairman of judges QiC Diabetes, Dr Alison Flanagan, clinical lead for long term conditions at NHS Kernow, with Sarah Pellow, diabetic specialist nurse from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Amanda Pell, NHS Kernow pharmaceutical advisor.