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Who are your diabetes heroes – nominations open for Quality in Care Diabetes Awards

Who are your diabetes heroes – nominations open for Quality in Care Diabetes Awards

Closing date for entries fast approaching.

Published: Sep 09, 2020
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The 10th annual Quality in Care Awards are taking place next month and the closing date for nominations is Monday, 14th September.

The categories open for nominations include the Diabetes Healthcare Professional of the Year, Outstanding Educator in Diabetes and the People’s Award.

Supported by the Primary Care Diabetes Society, the Outstanding Educator award will be presented to an individual who delivers excellence in education whether through developing innovative teaching tools or courses; providing mentorship for other educators; or delivering and promoting externally developed training. He or she will have a clear patient focus and be seen as a champion for education in his or her area.

The Diabetes Healthcare Professionals award recognises those who have succeeded in raising standards of care over and above their day to day role. Nominees must have initiated and led changes in practice in 2019 demonstrating positive outcomes in care and clear benefits for diabetes service users and/or their families and carers.

The People's Award is a special award, supported by Diabetes UK, which aims to recognise someone very special who cares for/has cared for people with diabetes and is not a healthcare professional. The award will be presented to someone who has made a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with diabetes and their families, and goes above and beyond the call of duty to help and support them.

One nurse who has been nominated in the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes category, has worked closely with DRWF over recent years.

June Murphy has been nominated for the Quality in Care Diabetes Award for Outstanding Educator in Diabetes

June Murphy from the University Hospital Southampton played an integral part in the setting up of the DRWF Diabetes Wellness Day South that has become an annual highlight on our calendar of educational events.

Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant Physician in Diabetes, University Hospital Southampton and DRWF Editorial Advisory Board member said: “Since joining University Hospital Southampton in 2014 to set up the insulin pump service, June has been an inspiration to our team. She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for both patients and staff, initiating 128 pumps and managing 378 patients. June builds relationships from trust and respect. The support she gives often beyond her official hours, results in decreased hospital admissions, improved outcomes and improved quality of life.  Many healthcare professionals have benefited from her formal teaching as well as the experience and knowledge that only come from 26 years of working as a diabetes nurse.”

A meeting of Sugarbuddies diabetes support group with June Murphy (centre) and DRWF's Lee Calladine and Steve Lille (from left)

Lee Calladine, DRWF Event Co-ordinator, on the long-lasting relationship June has with DRWF: “I've known June for about 14 years since I started at DRWF as Event Co-ordinator. In those early days when I was starting to establish relationships with our regional specialist diabetes teams.

“After a while we got to know each other well and decided to work on a patient event together and the Diabetes Wellness Day South was born. 

“Over the first years of the event held in Southampton, Mayank Patel established himself as our annual key-note speaker often joined by June to present on a range of topics covering many aspects of living with and managing diabetes. June also regularly manned the University Hospital Southampton stand in the exhibition area to meet and speak with the delegates about the diabetes service and to answer their personal diabetes related questions. 

“We have supported June and the team at UHS many times by attending their Sugar Fall Balls to help fundraise for the hospital's diabetes charity. We have joined them as exhibitors at the University Hospital Southampton open days when thousands of members of the public get to tour the different departments, meet the teams, and learn all about the NHS. We've also supported their World Diabetes Day efforts to raise awareness of the special day to their colleagues, medical students and hospital staff. 

“June has also been kind enough to hand out our DRWF resources to her patients and signpost people to the charity. 

“June has become a much loved and trusted colleague and we look forward to working with her and the wider team many more times in the years to come.”

Visit the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards website to make your nomination here

The awards ceremony will this year celebrate 10 years of recognising and rewarding good practice quality in diabetes management, education and services for people with diabetes and/or their families.

Each year healthcare professionals and anyone else working in diabetes care are invited to nominate inspirational work in the following categories: Outstanding Educator in Diabetes, Diabetes Professional of the Year and the People’s Award.

A Quality in Care award means an initiative has been recognised by the NHS, patients and industry as improving the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

This year’s 10th annual awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at Sanofi’s Reading headquarters on Thursday, 15th October (subject to latest government advice on events and social gatherings).

The Quality in Care Diabetes 2020 Awards are supported by DRWF.

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