Lancashire Care’s Preston Diabetes Specialist Nurse Team is among a handful of healthcare organisations that have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for some pioneering work done around diabetes.
The Trust is among eight organisations that have been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards in the Managing Long Term Conditions category. The project for which the Trust has been shortlisted is the care pathway for patients who have experienced a severe hypoglycaemia episode that was attended by paramedics.
Sue Dermott, Team Coordinator for the Preston Diabetes Specialist Nurse Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been shortlisted for these prestigious national awards. The fact that we’ve been shortlisted really highlights the great work that we do at Lancashire Care. The hypoglycaemia pathway in Central Lancashire is a pioneering piece of work that involved working with North-West Ambulance Service, GPs, practice nurses, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups in sharing details of hypoglycaemia patients with the diabetes service.
“Our data shows that local diabetes services can work easily with local ambulance services using technology to improve services and reduce the re-occurrence of severe hypoglycaemia rates. Because of our work, the hypoglycaemia pathway has improved care for patients and identified emerging national themes of increased hypo risk in the elderly. This has led to training and education for GPs and practice nurses and ultimately improved patient care and safety.”
In March last year, Sue delivered a presentation on the pathway at the National Diabetes UK Conference held in Glasgow that was held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow. Over 3,000 people attended the three-day one-of-its-kind event run exclusively for healthcare professionals and scientists working in the field of diabetes.
The HSJ Patient Safety Awards consists of 20 categories reflecting the full spectrum of the NHS’ services and challenges within patient safety. The awards are now into their eighth year to recognise, celebrate and promote the best examples of patient safety within healthcare. Finalists will be announced at a prestigious ceremony later this year.