Applications required for delayed Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award

An inspiring healthcare team which has improved inpatient diabetes care during the pandemic will be celebrated and rewarded in the recently relaunched Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award.

Entitled ‘The best interventions: Redesigning, rebuilding and maintaining safe inpatient diabetes care during COVID’, the 2022 award will recognise an individual who can provide evidence of their team implementing new techniques to benefit inpatient diabetes care during the pandemic.

The judging panel will also be looking for entries that are sustainable, can be easily applied to other trusts and has the backing of an Acute Trust.

The prestigious JBDS-IP competition was delayed last year due to huge strains on healthcare teams during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Umesh Dashora, and Diabetes Nurse Consultant and Chair of the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse Group UK, Erwin Castro, are leading the awards, which is open to all healthcare professionals working in Great Britain.

Dr Dashora said: “Over the years Rowan Hillson Awards have discovered many excellent innovations and practices throughout the country.

“I am sure this award will identify excellent novel approaches for maintaining safe in-patient diabetes care during COVID times.”

The winner will be announced at the ABCD Spring meeting 2022, with applications being assessed beforehand by an impartial judging panel chaired by Rowan Hillson.

Once the winning entry is revealed, leading diabetes organisations will also share the result to their members, including Diabetes UK, ABCD and DISN UK Group.

In 2019, Newport-based Consultant Anaesthetist Dr David Burckett-St.Larent and his team were victorious after their cross speciality working group re-created the perioperative care pathway for surgical patients with diabetes. The lives of individuals with diabetes were significantly enhanced as a result of the team’s work.

Applicants have until February 28, 2022 to submit an entry for the awards.

To apply for next year’s awards, fill in the entry form here.

Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

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