Pioneering health team scoops award

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A TEAM working in Sheffield to improve the care of diabetic patients has bagged an award for good practice.

The inpatient diabetes team picked up the award for Best Improvement in Quality and Safety at the BJM Group Awards – set up to celebrate excellence in healthcare across the globe.

The group brought together patients, nurses, doctors and pharmacists to track harmful events like blood sugar monitoring errors and mistakes in prescribing and administering diabetes drugs.

After four months, harmful events fell by 31 per cent and hypoglycaemic episodes fell by 28 per cent.

Prescription and administration errors were also reduced.

The team now plans to extend the project to other wards across the hospital, and believe the approach could also be adapted to other conditions.

Collecting the award, Dr Dinesh Selvarajah said: “We are truly delighted to have won this award.

“It represents a lot of hard work on behalf of a large team.

“Up to one in five hospital patients have diabetes, so it is essential we have all the right processes in place to manage the disease and make our hospitals safer for people with diabetes.”