Clinical Champions programme wins international award
An innovative change programme created by Diabetes UK and Ashridge Executive Education, in collaboration with Novo Nordisk who are providing support and funding, has been awarded the prestigious EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold award*. The Diabetes UK Clinical Champions programme has been designed to help health professionals in the NHS to tackle failings and complex challenges in diabetes healthcare.
Amy Rylance, Head of Healthcare Professional Engagement at Diabetes UK, said: “The Diabetes UK Clinical Champions initiative began with the desire to make real improvements for people living with diabetes – an ambition which, given the many stark realities in healthcare, seemed almost impossible at the time.”
The initiative sees diabetes nurses, doctors, clinicians, consultants and dieticians brought together for the first time and, regardless of formal position, given the authority, leadership development and practical hands-on support to make change happen. The title of Clinical Champion and acquired association with Diabetes UK has opened doors, given clinicians ‘permission’ to action changes on behalf of their patients and enabled direct engagement with policy decision-makers in the NHS and UK government. The programme aims to:
- improve inpatient safety
- reduce variability in the quality of care
- empower patients to control their diabetes
- prevent serious complications
- ensure diabetes is kept high on the health agenda and politically.
Amy Rylance, Head of Healthcare Professional Engagement at Diabetes UK said: “Diabetes healthcare professionals no longer approach CEOs with more problems; they are leaders with ideas and solutions – concrete plans for making change happen. With the NHS so stretched this is a great way forward. At last, the seemingly impossible task of addressing the complex challenges of diabetes has become an achievable reality.”
*The annual EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards recognize excellence in management and leadership development, and are regarded as one of the most prestigious within the executive and organization development industry.