WINNERS: Oxfordshire team are Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year

WINNERS: Oxfordshire team are Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year

Collaboration by the county’s health care providers to use data to improve the care of people with diabetes across Oxfordshire brings home a Health Service Journal Value Award.

HSJ Value Awards logoThe winning team includes senior clinicians and managers from:

  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

The winners were revealed yesterday (September 2) in a ceremony in Manchester.

Jane Salmon and Jane Maskell, Clinical Leads for Community Diabetes Service at Oxford Health, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised in these national awards with our partners OUH, GPs and OCCG. I am very proud that this collaboration has worked well and we have been able to make a difference for people with diabetes in Oxfordshire. Together we have established great communication links and support networks for all involved. It is not only the data that demonstrates the improvements but also the voices of people with diabetes in the county, who feel that their diabetes care and support has been enriched.”

The winning entry was titled Using data to improve the care of people with diabetes across Oxfordshire and refers to a Diabetes Dashboard, developed by the Oxfordshire team. It presents information every month about diabetes care and health outcomes for the people in Oxfordshire living with diabetes. The data is available at county, Primary Care Network (PCN) and GP practice level, providing regular insight into Oxfordshire diabetes population health.

The dashboard has subsequently been used in regular visits in GP practices and PCNs by the diabetes specialist team, including  consultants, diabetes specialist nurses and dietitians to develop supportive multi-disciplinary working and joined-up care across primary, community and secondary care which improves outcomes for people with diabetes.

The implementation of the Dashboard and multi-disciplinary working has played a significant role in improving the care of people with diabetes within Oxfordshire, which is shown in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

People with diabetes should have an annual check-up, which includes urine and blood tests, as well as an examination of their feet. This has improved In Oxfordshire between 2016 to 2020: the percentage of people with Type 2 diabetes having all their annual checks increased from 51.6% to 76.7% (nationally the figure changed from 53.9% to 54.3%); for people with Type 1 diabetes, this increased from 29.3% to 57% (nationally, from 37.3% to 40.8%).

Every year, diabetes causes 27,000 heart attacks and nearly 100,000 cases of heart failure in the UK. It also leads to 37,600 strokes in the UK annually.

Published: 3 September 2021