Leicestershire diabetes team receives national award for ‘priority’ care

Posted by pt91 at Nov 27, 2015 03:39 PM |
Recognition for DESMOND team at Leicester Diabetes Centre

Issued by Leicester Diabetes Centre on 27 November 2015

A team delivering an education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes in Leicestershire has received a prestigious national award.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre, which delivers structured education courses for Type 2 diabetes called DESMOND in the county, has been presented with the Innovation prize in the annual Celebrating DESMOND Awards.

The centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester. Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, it is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation.

The winners were revealed to mark World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14.

The DESMOND team in Leicestershire offers courses in many different areas which ensures attending a DESMOND course is accessible for the patients.

Every month they receive over 400 referrals and deliver up to 22 courses, which include DESMOND BME courses, Walking Away from Diabetes and A Safer Ramadan.

They also introduced a bespoke DESMOND database, which has helped make it easier to process patient data and retrieve information vital to commissions.

Saleha Patel, who is a DESMOND administrator at the centre, said: “We are thrilled to receive the recognition of our work and win the DESMOND Innovation Award 2015.

“We always work hard as a team and we are committed to providing a high level of patient care. We have great feedback from patients and their health progress, which encourages us to ensure consistency in our delivery of the service. An extremely proud moment for us all.”

The Celebrating DESMOND Annual Awards were launched to reward excellence and good practice. This year there were five categories and teams were nominated from as far as New Zealand and Australia.

Bernie Stribling, national director of the DESMOND Programme, said: “The standard was high with a degree of excellence demonstrated by many of the entries. However, the Leicester Diabetes Centre team showed ‘star quality’ and a dedicated commitment to DESMOND.

“It was clear that DESMOND is making a difference to the lives of people with, and at risk of, Type 2 diabetes in Leicester, with the team going above and beyond in delivering the DESMOND Programme.”

The winners were decided by a judging panel comprising of senior members of the DESMOND National Office.

Entrants needed to demonstrate they had helped make a difference to the lives of people with Type 2 diabetes and helped support the learner by developing their attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and skills to self-manage their diabetes.

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