We are delighted to announce that the Health Innovation Network’s Diabetes Improvement Collaborative is a finalist in the ‘Diabetes Collaboration Initiative of the Year’ category at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards. The awards ceremony will take place in Guildford on 13 October 2016.
The Diabetes Improvement Collaborative is a partnership of ten acute diabetes teams, supported by joint working arrangements with three industry partners, working to increase the uptake of insulin pump therapy for adults with Type 1 (T1) diabetes. Over 60 health professionals and service users worked together from June 2014 to November 2015 to improve outcomes for people with T1 diabetes.
While evidence suggests that 15 – 20% of people with T1 diabetes could benefit from pump therapy, in 2014 uptake across south London 2014 was only between 3 – 15%, depending on borough. Since the Diabetes Improvement Collaborative began, over 370 additional patients in south London have accessed insulin pump therapy at South London trusts – a 31% increase in pump uptake. By April 2016, approximately 12% of local T1 patients were using a pump, with sustainable plans in place to reach at least 15% uptake by 2018.
The barriers to accessing insulin pump therapy in the area vary widely, and a collaborative approach to service improvement enables trusts to develop the skills and experience to improve their services for people with T1 diabetes.
The Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards recognise, reward and share innovative practice – demonstrating quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/ or their families.
To find out more about the Diabetes Improvement Collaborative, you can watch our film here.