Deadline looms for Rowan Hillson Award 2023

The deadline for the annual Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award is fast approaching, with the application process closing next month.

Healthcare professionals who demonstrated excellence in diabetes care over the last year are invited to enter the national diabetes competition.

This year’s Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award will recognise and applaud an individual who has shown innovation to improve patient safety when discharging from hospital.

Organised by the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS-IP), this year’s award judges will be looking for applications which display hard evidence of simple and cost-efficient improvements that can easily be adopted in other Trusts.

Lead organiser Dr Umesh Dashora, Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, said: “The launch of the 2023 competition follows the success of previous rounds of the Rowan Hillson Award competition, which highlighted innovations in prescription charts, hypoglycaemia reduction methods, pharmacy interventions, digital initiatives, education techniques, perioperative pathways and maintaining safety during COVID-19.

“This will invite unique practices from different Trusts to maintain patient safety when vulnerable young people or frail people are being discharged from hospital with appropriate support structures.”

He added: “We can then share these with other Trusts to adapt and adopt to improve patient safety everywhere.”

Entries will be judged against predetermined criteria, by an independent panel chaired by Rowan Hillson, and the winner will be presented with the prestigious annual Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award at the ABCD Spring meeting 2023.

The outcome of this initiative will be published on the ABCD, Diabetes UK and DISN UK Group websites to share excellent practice.

Dr Punith Kempegoda, from DEKODE and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, was announced as the winner of the 2022 Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety Award for creating a cloud-based DKA management monitoring system.

Healthcare professionals have until Friday, March 31, to enter the competition.

To enter, click here to download the application form and email it to

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