NHS project that has improved diabetes care in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge in line for prestigious national award

10 March 2020

Successful work that has improved diabetes care in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national health award. 

The project has been named as a finalist in the annual HSJ Value Awards which seek to recognise and reward outstanding efficiency and improvements in patient care nationwide. 

Led by NHS Barking and Dagenham, NHS Havering and NHS Redbridge Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and involving all 119 GP practices in BHR, the work has improved diabetes care and treatment across the three boroughs.

It follows on from award winning work started in Barking and Dagenham and has led to a major improvement in type 2 diabetes diagnosis rates and better advice and support for thousands of people living with the condition across all of BHR, in line with the best national standards. 

As a result, the estimated number of undiagnosed diabetes cases across the three boroughs fell by over 11,000 last year, alongside ongoing improvements in patient care. 

Confirmation that the project is among those shortlisted in the Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year category has been welcomed by the three local GPs who work as the clinical leads for diabetes for BHR CCGs. 

Dr Jyoti Sood said: “We are extremely pleased to be nominated for this award and that the hard work of local practices to improve patient care has been recognised. We hope to continue by building on the foundations to further improve diabetes care in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge."

Dr Ann Baldwin, added: “This project was a great achievement as we worked with GP practices across the three boroughs to use the same quality improvement methodology to improve diabetes care in line with the best national standards. This has seen significant and swift improvements across the board, in short period of time.”

Dr Anju Gupta, said: “We are delighted our work is identifying and treating more people with diabetes. Our priority has always been to tackle inequalities and we want everyone to access the same quality of care, wherever they live.”

The HSJ (Health Service Journal) Value Awards celebrate the teams and the people who are making things better in the NHS. The winners will be announced in Manchester on 21 May.