After only one year of its project, the Pre-diabetes Collaborative has been recognised at a national Quality in Care Awards ceremony in Guildford.
On Thursday 15th October, the team, which comprises volunteers and staff were presented with a commended award for their prevention initiative, by TV presenter, Dom Littlewood.
There were only two finalists in the category for ‘Best Initiative for the Prevention, or Earlier Detection, of Diabetes and or its complications. In the end, judges felt they could not separate the two, and so both were awarded with commendations. Judges particularly liked the fact that the team ‘took the work out into the community,’ and were impressed with how much had been achieved in just a year.
The project (which is funded by the Health and Wellbeing Board of North East Lincolnshire Council) aims to raise awareness of the risk factors of developing Type 2 diabetes and to highlight that the risks if identified early on could potentially prevent or delay the onset of the condition by making small lifestyle changes. The initiative draws on teams of volunteers who have been trained to undertake risk assessments in the community, which are then followed up by a range of offers to suit the individual.
Julie Grimmer, Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager with Care Plus Group said:
“I am delighted that the volunteers and staff have been recognised at this national ceremony. The project is in its early life, and to have achieved so much so soon is a wonderful testament, especially since we were in competition with much larger areas, such as Birmingham City Hospital. We do know that the project is making a difference through our Time to Measure Up Groups – these education and support sessions are offered to those people identified with moderate to high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the project can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – telephone 01472 232261
From left: Dave McGuire (Volunteer), Julie Hawkins, (Diabetes Nurse Educator), Jacky Scott (Volunteer), Margaret Horsburgh (Health & Wellbeing Programme Secretary), Dominic Littlewood, Award presenter, Julie Grimmer, (Care Plus Group, Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager).
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