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An innovative project which supports the provision of consistent, gold-standard, and individualised diabetes care has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The ‘Assisting Bradford and Craven Beating Diabetes’ project, which demonstrates the ‘Act as One’ way of working for the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, has been shortlisted for the Digitising Patient Care Award at this year’s HSJ Awards. The awards recognise initiatives which have used technology and digital systems to improve access for patients to their care and have enabled staff to optimise capacity, improve experience and quality of care.

The project was shortlisted from more than 1,400 entries of which 223 have made the final shortlist. Shortlisting was based on factors such as ambition, outcomes, value, involvement and working together and crucially, how the project might be replicated in other areas.

Assisting Bradford and Craven Beating Diabetes (AssistBCD) is an interactive clinical decision-making tool. Designed locally, with multi-disciplinary collaboration to support healthcare professionals to provide evidence-based care to individuals at high risk of or living with diabetes. The tool has been developed to support diabetes care to reduce variability and increase equity in service delivery across the district.

Patient education material is embedded in AssistBCD and can be shared via text and email to support self-care following verbal education, as evidence suggests that improvements in patients’ access, experience, and self-care skills are reliant on patient education. All GP practices across Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership use this clinical tool with 3,149 patient records reviewed in July 2023.

Mel Pickup, chief executive at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and place-based lead for Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “This really is wonderful news – the fact we’ve been shortlisted for the Digitising Patient Care Award in the HSJ Awards is a huge ‘pat on the back’ for our amazingly hard-working and deserving team.

“Our staff always go above and beyond to improve patient outcomes and quality of service and care – and aligning with the HSJ Awards programme really allows us to share our success as well as everything we’ve learnt through implementing this tool.

“We hope we might even inspire other colleagues across the UK to pursue and put their ideas and innovations into practice too!”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, added: It’s always important to remember that the HSJ Awards are not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of the NHS. We can’t wait to welcome our finalists to the awards ceremony in November and to recognise and applaud such impressive achievements across the sector – as well as coming together to help mark the 75th birthday of our great NHS.”

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on November 16 2023.